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


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. 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 “Just to come in and brainstorm a little bit to get some professional ideas with our guys is a really positive thing.”

Butch Jones labels rumor of ‘physical altercation’ with Vols player ‘absolutely ridiculous’

ATHENS, GA - SEPTEMBER 27:  Head coach Butch Jones of the Tennessee Volunteers yells at Marquez North #8 during the game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium on September 27, 2014 in Athens, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Already in the crosshairs for his 2-3 team’s late-game failures, Butch Jones now finds himself under increasing scrutiny for something that allegedly happened a couple of months ago.

The website, which features such respected journalists Tony Barnhart and Mike Huguenin among others, reported earlier today that the Tennessee head coach was involved in what was described as a “physical altercation” with senior offensive lineman Mack Crowder during summer camp this past August.  The source close to the program added that practice film that day captured the alleged incident, although it’s unclear if that tapes still exists.

From the site’s report:

The incident occurred during fall camp, about the time that news started to come out about a few offensive linemen who were considering stepping away from the program. Crowder walked off the practice field one day and missed a day or two of practice, and Brett Kendrick and Dylan Wiesman were said to be contemplating their futures. Sources say the players’ actions stemmed from an incident between Jones and Crowder.

The website also made a Freedom of Information request seeking any correspondence between the university and the Crowder family be turned over, but writes that UT “administrators said any sort of letter or correspondence that may or may not have happened was covered under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.”

Monday, Jones labeled what began as message-board speculation that he had struck one of his Vols players as “absolutely ridiculous.” The Knoxville News Sentinel contacted Crowder’s father, with the paper writing that “he had no comment and did not want to give validation to message boards.”

At least publicly, the university has yet to address the allegations.  Jones will get yet another chance to address the speculation with the media in the very near future.

Tulsa loses second-leading receiver to season-ending injury

NORMAN, OK - SEPTEMBER 14:   Wide receiver Keevan Lucas #2 of the Tulsa Golden Hurricane just misses a pass against the Oklahoma Sooners September 14, 2013 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Golden Hurricane 51-20.  (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)
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One of the most productive pass-catching duos in the country has been cut in half.

Tulsa head coach Philip Montgomery confirmed Tuesday that Keevan Lucas sustained a torn patellar tendon  in the third quarter of Saturday’s loss to Houston.  As a result, the wide receiver will miss the remainder of the 2015 season.

“He’s such an emotional leader for us and such a great kid,” the first-year coach said. “We’ll have to make a few adjustments offensively and move some people around and try to make sure we’ve got guys in the right spot but also guys who will step up and be ready to play.”

Lucas is currently second on the team with 26 receptions and 409 receiving yards, behind Keyarris Garrett‘s 33 and 539. His five receiving touchdowns, though, are tops on the team.

Montgomery expects Lucas to be healthy enough to participate in spring practice next year.