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Kiffin joining Alabama staff is good for Tide, better for Kiffin

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Well that happened quickly. A day after reports surfaced that former USC head coach Lane Kiffin was interviewing for the offensive coordinator vacancy at Alabama, it looks as though Kiffin has won the job.

ESPN.com is reporting Kiffin will join Nick Saban’s staff to fill the role of offensive coordinator left vacant by Doug Nussmeier this week. Nussmeier was hired by Michigan this week to fill the same role for the wolverines.

Kiffin was fired as head coach if USC in late September, but it was likely he would not stay out of the coaching game for too long. After multiple failed attempts as a head coach (USC was hit with sanctions to coach through but struggled to meet expectations under Kiffin), a scaled back job probably is a good situation for Kiffin. Kiffin is not a star offensive coordinator, but he is a good addition to the Alabama coaching staff if he coaches to his capabilities under Saban. There should also be a good chance to stabilize what has been a bit of a polarizing career for Kiffin. At Alabama, all eyes are on Saban first, so as long as Alabama’s offense does not take giant steps back under Kiffin despite breaking in a new starting quarterback in 2014, Kiffin will have a chance to coach without as much pressure as he has faced in previous years.

“Lane is a really good offensive coach, and I’ve always had a tremendous amount of respect for him,” Saban said in a report by ESPN.com. “Just to come in and brainstorm a little bit to get some professional ideas with our guys is a really positive thing.”

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61 Responses to “Kiffin joining Alabama staff is good for Tide, better for Kiffin”
  1. 8to80texansblog says: Jan 10, 2014 5:36 PM

    Oh I can’t wait to read the Bama fan rants on this one…..

  2. dcroz says: Jan 10, 2014 5:45 PM

    This ‘Bama fan is still trying to figure out whether this is a good thing or a bad thing. Kiffin was a solid OC at USC and a great recruiter, but he also has more baggage than a traveling salesman and is a walking distraction. The question is whether his ego has been deflated enough by his recent humblings for Saban to mold him into the assistant he wants him to be, or if he winds up being the class clown whose antics cause the wheels to fall off the program. Either way, it’s going to interesting to watch.

  3. 8to80texansblog says: Jan 10, 2014 5:45 PM

    Didn’t Kiffin show up before the bowl game and “consult”….?

    How’d that work out for ya, Nick?

  4. lanzurrah says: Jan 10, 2014 5:47 PM

    Bubble screens for days! I’ve never seen a guy with so much talent at his disposal at USC completely shackle an offense. Inept. Have fun with that Bama fans!

  5. jimbo75025 says: Jan 10, 2014 5:49 PM

    And so this is how the fall of the Bama empire begins…….

    Please God, let this be a coach in waiting relationship.

  6. prov1x says: Jan 10, 2014 5:51 PM

    Next up…apocalypse

  7. musiccitymiracle2 says: Jan 10, 2014 5:59 PM

    Came to down Tennessee program. Didn’t win but spiced things up with colorful quotes for the Ole Ball Coach, Urban Meyer, and Alabama. Get it.

    Couldn’t beat ‘em so teased ‘em. Get it.

    Couldn’t come back on Florida, so ran slow down offense to keep the margin of loss down. Kinda get it.

    Left Tennessee for the job of his dreams. Get it.

    Left Tennessee cause he was a Southern California kind of guy. Get it.

    Left Southern California for rural Alabama? Don’t get it….

  8. floridacock says: Jan 10, 2014 6:09 PM

    Kiffen is an arrogant j#%k@ss but Nicky will keep him under control

  9. TrophyMonk says: Jan 10, 2014 6:10 PM

    Trophy Monk say, Alabama is a good move for this guy. He was fired by USC if you read the article. I think he deserves a freakin trophy. Maybe two trophies. A guy that gets fired by one university, and ends up at one of the top 3 powerhouses of college football? Come on now. Tuscaloosa ain’t that bad is it….Ok well its not SoCal. Good luck to him.

  10. jmb795 says: Jan 10, 2014 6:11 PM

    Football and politics; They make strange bedfellows and the end (winning) justifies the means.

  11. thekatman says: Jan 10, 2014 6:22 PM

    If Saddam and Kiffin can recruit the same level of talent that SC has, Alabama will again be a force to contend with.
    Kiffin’s offense will score tons of points.

  12. jrs45 says: Jan 10, 2014 6:33 PM

    I always thought Daniel Tosh hated Saban. Hmmm…..

  13. jrs45 says: Jan 10, 2014 6:34 PM

    Kiffin is from the real USC!

  14. dhlions says: Jan 10, 2014 6:40 PM

    This guy’s gotta have dirt on someone…

  15. rolltide510 says: Jan 10, 2014 6:41 PM

    “If Saddam and Kiffin can recruit the same level of talent that SC has”

    Alabama has more talent then SC and has for quite some time.

  16. jjdstl01 says: Jan 10, 2014 6:41 PM

    The quality of Bama’s program just took a hit.

  17. jjdstl01 says: Jan 10, 2014 6:44 PM

    And possibly their integrity.

  18. thekatman says: Jan 10, 2014 6:45 PM

    @rooltide. That’s debatable. What a very good team had over SC is numbers and the ability to rotate players. USC finished this season with 10 wins using about 50 schollie players. Even Alabama couldn’t win when they were sanctioned.

  19. gborange says: Jan 10, 2014 6:48 PM

    It just hit me………… Bama has a 2 game losing streak. Saban better hope Kiffin can get the offense rolling because Oklahoma, Auburn, and Johnny Football averaged 42 points on his defense this year.

  20. wabbitslayer says: Jan 10, 2014 6:52 PM

    Layla is so hot.

  21. realfootballfan says: Jan 10, 2014 7:12 PM

    Saban likes conservative offensive coordinators. even Jimbo was conservative back when he worked for him and has done a transformation since they worked together. This hire is for one reason, Kiffin is a great recruiter. Also, fans shouldn’t be shocked because Saban tried to hire him before he started failing upward in his job titles on the strength of his father coming with him (back when that was perceived as a good thing) half a decade ago.

  22. thefiesty1 says: Jan 10, 2014 7:12 PM

    Has Saban lost his mind? He could have brought back Major Applewhite.

  23. realfootballfan says: Jan 10, 2014 7:14 PM

    What I would like to see is when Saban grinds him out. Make no mistake, whenever he does emerge from under the Saban wing, if he doesn’t bolt quickly, he will be a much changed coach and man because Nick Saban, if you don’t already know, is a crazy person. I mean that as a compliment Bama fans.

  24. liverpoolred04 says: Jan 10, 2014 7:30 PM

    Lovely he should be able to bring in whatever recruit he wants between his shadiness, the REC, Bama’s suit warehouse, the local car dealership, and the athletic trainers wallet.

  25. frank booth says: Jan 10, 2014 7:33 PM

    What a class individual Lane Kiffin is. Aside from bailing on UT after one year, he said the following to Alshon Jeffery (and his high school coach, who was listening via speakerphone) that if Jeffery signed with South Carolina,

    “he will end up pumping gas for the rest of his life like all the other players from that state who had gone to South Carolina.”

  26. rolltide510 says: Jan 10, 2014 7:36 PM

    “@rooltide. That’s debatable. What a very good team had over SC is numbers and the ability to rotate players. USC finished this season with 10 wins using about 50 schollie players. Even Alabama couldn’t win when they were sanctioned.”

    /shrug qualify it any way you’d like, it’s still true. I’ll definitely say USC did better under sanctions then Alabama did, probably due to having been more successful in the period before the sanctions then Alabama was. But Saban’s Bama teams have a lot more hardware then Carrol’s USC teams, and thats while having more competition for recruits and a harder schedule. The PAC is a better top-to-bottom conference now then it was in those days.

  27. thekatman says: Jan 10, 2014 7:47 PM

    @Rolltidr. During the BCS era zUSC is the winning pgm in all of college football. Fact my friend.

  28. ironman721 says: Jan 10, 2014 8:20 PM

    The Internet is about to explode. Haha! Bama “America’s (most hated) Team”

  29. rolltide510 says: Jan 10, 2014 8:44 PM

    thekatman says:
    Jan 10, 2014 7:47 PM
    @Rolltidr. During the BCS era zUSC is the winning pgm in all of college football. Fact my friend.

    Winningest program in the BCS era, zero BCS championships. Hmmm. I think I’ll settle for three BCS championships and wherever we’re ranked on that scale.

  30. clemsonstillsucks says: Jan 10, 2014 8:56 PM

    thekatman says:
    Jan 10, 2014 7:47 PM
    @Rolltidr. During the BCS era zUSC is the winning pgm in all of college football. Fact my friend.
    —————————————
    Uhhhhhh – that’s going to be Boise State there, stud. Can’t count the games y’all gave up for cheating.

  31. dkhhuey says: Jan 10, 2014 9:10 PM

    My 3 favorite schools

    Ohio State
    anybody playing michigan
    Alabama… Saban and Kiffin – this is going to be a blast to watch!!!

    If OSU and Bama get to the title game next year – you will have 3 of the most hated coaches in college football on the same field… MAN that would be awesome!!!

  32. rolltide510 says: Jan 10, 2014 9:35 PM

    clemsonstillsucks says:
    Jan 10, 2014 8:56 PM
    thekatman says:
    Jan 10, 2014 7:47 PM
    @Rolltidr. During the BCS era zUSC is the winning pgm in all of college football. Fact my friend.
    —————————————
    Uhhhhhh – that’s going to be Boise State there, stud. Can’t count the games y’all gave up for cheating.


    ^ Well even if you don’t, and really I think it’s kind of lame not to count games that were played and won, they played in two championship games and lost one of them. Trying to claim a share of LSU’s trophy from 2007 is even stupider then Bama claiming 1941.

  33. be4bama says: Jan 10, 2014 9:40 PM

    Personally, I’m looking forward to the UT game!!!
    BTW I don’t mean Texas.

  34. infrno says: Jan 10, 2014 10:02 PM

    It’s “than”, not “then”.

  35. keltictim says: Jan 10, 2014 10:08 PM

    Jrs dude you are the definition of a troll. This post has nothing to do with USC why would you troll that out there? Because bama is in the sec? Because lane coached at USoCal? Nowhere is there a connection to South Carolina. Smoke another one there trollie

  36. linedrivehit says: Jan 10, 2014 10:23 PM

    Considering that Saban has won FOUR National Championships, I’m going to assume he knows more about football than me or any of you bozos criticizing the move. Carry on coach…

  37. gborange says: Jan 10, 2014 10:34 PM

    Tennessee fired Phillip Fulmer one year after he went 10-2 and hired Lane Kiffin. We deserve the agony of losing seasons we are going through. We were greedy and disrespected a man who had devoted his life to the vols! Jones in now trying to bring us back from the darkness to forever forget the Kiffin/Dooley era.

  38. bigtganks says: Jan 10, 2014 10:37 PM

    Because all you keyboard warriors know soooo much more than Saban. Stop hating. Everything has to be the best or the worst. No ones paying any of you a dime for your offensive input.

    Nussmeiers offense was what, 8th in the SEC?? Do NONE of you know that Lane Kiffin can recruit like NO OTHER?!? Or do you just love to hate? Please don’t let facts get in the way.

    He had TOP recruits going to USC when they were on major sanctions. He’s a recruiting machine and nails them every time. His recruiting track record is better than Sabans. I’m NOT a tide fan, but this is NOT good news for the rest of the SEC. Saban had to keep up in recruiting with Auburns recent success and Malzahn recruiting the same kids.

  39. jrs45 says: Jan 10, 2014 10:51 PM

    USC is SoCal

  40. Deb says: Jan 10, 2014 11:21 PM

    This reminds me of that old kids’ game “hot potato.” Now I’m left holding the thing and don’t quite know what to do with it.

    Kiffen first showed up on my radar when Al Davis was trying to force him into resigning–and I kinda admired his moxie in standing firm and making the old guy fire him. Then he landed at Tennessee and generally made an ass of himself trying to pick fights with various SEC coaches. He was better behaved at USC and did a nice job with the offense that first year. But throwing Pops under the bus left a bad taste. I’ve ridiculed Little Lanie as much as the next commenter and never expected him to wind up as our offensive coordinator.

    On the other hand …

    I wasn’t overly happy with either of our last two OCs and am fine with Nussmeier’s departure. There’s only one King of the Hill at Alabama, so I don’t have to worry about Little Lanie Kiffen embarrassing us in the press. Nor am I worried about him being a “coach in waiting,” as someone else posted. He’ll run the offense. Period. And I think he can handle that. As long as Nick and Kirby have the defense, I’m good.

  41. lajollawomp says: Jan 10, 2014 11:23 PM

    Clueless. Let’s set the record straight. Kiffidge was not and will never be a Trojan. John McKay was a Trojan. John Robinson a Trojan Pete Carrol all Trojans that honored the tradition of SoCal football and the legends and heisman trophy winners that have come out of the program. Knifing didn’t recruit players to SC. Any decent player with half a brain knows the chances of playing pro out of sc go up exponentially. Any idiot who watched Kiffin dismantle the football program, waste the talent and embarrass the university knows he didn’t have the chops to coach above the level of a second tier program. Let’s not even get started with the nepotism that saw the Trojan defense preform so below standard that it was painful to watch. If your not a Trojan alum you just don’t get it and never will. We all waited patiently for the Kiffin emplosion he was never and will never be SoCal head coach material. He was a sanctions coach and proved to be nothing more. I thought Saban was the real deal till this decision. Obviously spending to much time in the ivory tower. Good luck dude you’ll need it as the fall of “Rome” Bamako starts. Nice hire. Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy. We are SC. And we deserved better than Kiffin. What a joke. To all my alums. Fight On! And May lane Kiffin never darken the hallowed grounds of the coliseum ever again.

  42. jdillydawg says: Jan 10, 2014 11:33 PM

    I don’t think ‘Bama fans have much to worry about. I mean, Kiffin will no doubt take the first head coaching job that’s offered to him, and if ‘Bama even goes 6-5 next year, that will be enough to land him a HC job somewhere.

    Loyalty isn’t one of Kiffin’s strong points…

  43. oldforester says: Jan 10, 2014 11:34 PM

    Wow! Greatest respect for the Tide and accomplishments over the past few years, but with all the football coaching talent why would you create a cloud by bringing in a coach who has failed at Oakland, failed in Tennessee (see sewage treatment plant in his name), failed at USC, been associated with unsavory events including unprofessional actions at press conferences, association with deflating footballs for teams advantage, etc.. Nick Saban has created a negative lightening rod. Where that energy gets dissipated will be interesting to watch. Why even put your team in the position to create an obvious distraction. Given Kiffin’s ability to get jobs, do give him credit for being one of the best interviewers on record. Can only imagine what Tennessee fans are thinking!!

  44. normtide says: Jan 11, 2014 12:33 AM

    The thing that gets Kiffen is trouble is his mouth. He won’t have a voice at Bama as Saban doesn’t allow assistants to deal with the media. I know he can recruit, and was once considered a great offensive mind. He has Saban to answer to so he can’t follow his own beat. I’m biased, but I think it’s likely this will turn out OK. Plus, I think Saban has proven he knows a little more about coaching a winning team then posters on a blog do. I’m going into this completely positive.

  45. jimsnchz says: Jan 11, 2014 1:23 AM

    I just don’t get this. Lane sucked in the NFL, Sucked at UT and got fired at USC. I watched most of the USC games over the last 3 years, his play calling was confusing, the last few games at SC his play calling was terrible. I think Saben may be reaching thinking he can fix Lane, might be a big mistake for Bama. I know one thing I wish I could interview like Kiffen, dude lands awesome jobs with crap credentials.

  46. hodag54501 says: Jan 11, 2014 5:10 AM

    I thought Nick Saban was smarter than this. You see a guy implode in job after job and then you give him the keys to the Cadillac?

  47. tg1896 says: Jan 11, 2014 7:56 AM

    “it might not be so bad”. ” Kiffin is a GREAT recruiter”. “I trust Saban’s judgment”.

    Boy – there’s some ringing endoresements for a new OC. Talk about damning with faint praise…. Face it – Kiffin’s a loser that’ never earned anything. Bama’s dominance just went down the toilet.

  48. dhardy8207 says: Jan 11, 2014 8:47 AM

    I, as a lifetime BAMA fan am mixed on this decision. But like any TRUE fan, I have to trusts in the guy holding the reigns to make this call. I believe that Kiffin will use this move to learn from his past mistakes. If not I have no doubt at the first sign of rebellion, Nick will dismiss him and send him packing. Kiffin needs this to go well for him if he wants to continue coaching. He could use the excuse of UT’s sanctions that came down under the last part of Fulmer’s tenure as to why he fled from there. He could possibly even use that same excuse for USC. But with BAMA and Saban all eyes will be on how well he grows in that position as to if any further doors will open for him afterward.

    I will still be a BAMA fan regardless and most of us who have rooted for BAMA all our lives have seen a time when we didn’t particularly care for the HC. The one time I could say I thought it a terrible decision was the hiring of Mike Shula, and that strickly because of his last name and who his daddy was. However, I agree now with most fans that Saban will keep a tight noose around Kiffin. He’s not going to let this one OC take down his reputation and scar a legacy no matter how “fond” he is of him…

  49. corvusrex96 says: Jan 11, 2014 8:55 AM

    So i assume they settled on Kiffin b/c Sanduskey was unavailable?
    If one of the hiring criteria is controversy, then this is a home run

  50. be4bama says: Jan 11, 2014 9:37 AM

    SC=Southern Cal, Jrs

  51. Deb says: Jan 11, 2014 11:06 AM

    corvusrex96 …

    Dude … I’m not going to pretend to be overjoyed that Lane Kiffin is our new offensive coordinator. But there’s a HUGE difference between a jackass and a child sex predator. Anyone making any comparisons between Kiffin and Sandusky needs to grow up and get some perspective.

  52. jrs45 says: Jan 11, 2014 12:25 PM

    USC= So Cal
    SC= So Cal

    Everyone who thinks other is full of cock!

  53. langor1 says: Jan 11, 2014 1:13 PM

    I have so loved Alabama under Saban and I SO hate Lane Kiffin, man I want to puke right now.

  54. mogogo1 says: Jan 12, 2014 12:23 AM

    Always funny reading the cult members who can only quote the line about all the national titles and Saban obviously knowing everything. You’re only as good as your last game and his last TWO games have been disasters, including with Kiffin consulting prior to OU beating them down. Nobody is beyond making mistakes and this will prove to be a big one.

  55. sssjim7 says: Jan 12, 2014 1:57 AM

    lol… honestly, after reading about Louisvilles’ HC hire, nothing surprises me anymore…

    … but I am still saying thank goodness Chad Morris is still at Clemson… for now…

    Just my .02
    ~Jim

  56. jintzforever says: Jan 12, 2014 10:19 AM

    Being a Duck fan and observing Lame play call, I know what I saw and it wasn’t good. He kept going away from what worked again and again. At the time I was glad he was there at USC……..and sad he was found out. He sucks.

  57. normtide says: Jan 12, 2014 6:49 PM

    There are reports that Bama is close to a deal with Ed Oregeron. That would be a great move. Adding two more great recruiters. As for Kiffen’s play calling, he got ultra conservative after Barkley left/was hurt. Before that it wasn’t bad.

    Like everyone else, I have to wait and see how he does. If he is going to re-launch his career, Bama is the place to do it. He won’t have to deal with the media. There is an entrenched HC to keep him in check. Plenty of talent to work with. It could be like USC under Carroll. Or it could go wrong and he will be fired in turn. Not much of a gamble, with the chance of a huge payoff.

  58. gatorprof says: Jan 12, 2014 7:55 PM

    I don’t see the benefit for Bama. Lane hasn’t proven himself to be an offensive wizard at all.

    Saban is a smart guy, so I imagine this makes sense in some way.

  59. Professor Fate says: Jan 12, 2014 8:08 PM

    After all the SEC hate for Kiffin when he was at Tennessee it’s pretty hilarious to see ‘Bama fans backing up the bus at high speed in order to defend Saban’s new hire.

    Kiffin was overwhelmed as the head coach at SC and his predictable play-calling shackled the offense. Like many long-time SC fans I was calling for his dismissal early last season. It took until the disaster in the desert for Haden to can him.

    Maybe Kiffin simply rose to his own level of incompetence and can benefit from dropping back down to being an assistant. I still find it hard to believe Saban thinks Kiffin was the best choice available. Time will tell if he made the right choice.

  60. packerbadger says: Jan 13, 2014 8:22 AM

    Lane Kiffin….lol! About what I would expect from a school with no class or ethics. He’s a perfect fit for the $ECheat Conference…

  61. packerbadger says: Jan 13, 2014 8:49 AM

    Oh, Kiffin was featured in Bleacher Reports “Worst Coaches”……lol…….

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