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Monte Kiffin on Lane: “He’s pretty fired up” to be at Alabama

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It appears Lane Kiffin has settled in quite well in his new role as offensive coordinator at Alabama.

First came reports of the former USC head coach singing “Sweet Home Alabama” at a recruits house. Now, his dad, legendary NFL defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, tells us that his normally taciturn son is really excited to be in Tuscaloosa.

“He’s pretty fired up,” the elder Kiffin told

How could he not be? After all, Kiffin landed one of the plum assistant coaching jobs in America just a few months after being run out of town on a rail at USC.

But that’s not all Monte had to say about his son. He also chimed in on his character.

“I know him pretty well,” said Monte. “A lot better than most people. I know down deep he’s a good person, contrary to what people might think. Coach Saban wouldn’t have hired him if he didn’t feel the same way.”

Thanks Dad! This may go down as one of the more tepid character endorsements between blood relatives on public record.

Whatever the case, Kiffin has a chance now to prove his critics wrong and turn over a new leaf. It could be that, now that the pressure of being a head coach is gone, his better qualities come to the forefront.

For Alabama’s sake, they better.

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14 Responses to “Monte Kiffin on Lane: “He’s pretty fired up” to be at Alabama”
  1. 1990tiger says: Jan 20, 2014 7:11 PM

    In other words, daddy says thank-you, Nicky. I owe you one.

  2. classyjacklambert says: Jan 20, 2014 7:18 PM

    Yeah I’d be happy too if I was unhireable a month ago and then got made a vp of operations at a high profile company. Why’d they even want him?

  3. sportsguy3434 says: Jan 20, 2014 7:41 PM

    Good luck to him. Just keep him out of the equipment room- football inflation and jersey assignments.

  4. kdbroom says: Jan 20, 2014 7:44 PM

    “I know down deep he’s a good person” the father said when referring to his son, a coach who is known to ask recruits to openly lie on his behalf. Yes, that’s the type of “good person” people should want hanging around.

  5. mauldawg says: Jan 20, 2014 8:15 PM

    How long before he gets Bama in trouble. What a piece of trash.

  6. Deb says: Jan 20, 2014 8:40 PM

    First, it wouldn’t surprise me to hear Butch Jones, Les Miles, or Gus Malzahn singing “Sweet Home Alabama.” It’s a rock classic … and a pretty catchy song.

    Second, it would surprise me to hear a 73-year-old football coach from Nebraska fawning over his kid like a soccer mom. Monte’s a fairly taciturn man, and “He’s a pretty good guy” is what most dads his age would say about their sons.

    Finally, Bama has no worries here. We were dealing with sanctions when Saban was hired, and the first thing our new head control freak did was beef up the compliance department. And since Saban doesn’t let assistants talk to the media, Kiffin’s mouth won’t get him in trouble. All he has to do is run the offense. He’s pretty good at that. But if he can’t do it to Nick’s satisfaction, he’ll join McElwain and Nussmeier as a former Bama OC.

  7. asimonetti88 says: Jan 20, 2014 10:47 PM

    I wish Lane luck in his new job. He did a decent job at SC all things considered, with some tough sanctions. I’m sure he will do fine at Alabama.

  8. firerogergoodellnow says: Jan 21, 2014 6:47 AM

    This is the same guy who wanted Calvin Johnson, but was forced to draft JaMarcus Russell.

  9. frankiesweep says: Jan 21, 2014 1:30 PM

    This loser keeps failing upwards. Just like many in corporate america.

  10. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Jan 21, 2014 2:51 PM

    You wouldn’t think Monte would use the word “fired” in a sentence regarding his son’s coaching status.

  11. tombstone7 says: Jan 21, 2014 3:01 PM

    Coaches in college and profootball are club brothers…how did Kiffin get a job without using AFFIRMATIVE ACTION ……..Happens all the time.

  12. skipcastaneda says: Jan 21, 2014 4:14 PM

    A lot of you have said what I’m thinking. Is this his last and final chance? Looks like he’ll be riding the coaching carousel the rest of his life!

  13. studdmuffins says: Jan 22, 2014 10:55 AM

    Going to be interesting. Alabama ended the season badly and this hire will probably not help. Looks like their cycle has ended and now the program is on the down swing.

  14. mcgillicutty49er says: Jan 22, 2014 11:57 PM

    Monte should be thankful he finally got away from Lame before he completely ruined his reputation as a defensive guru. Lame has some bad voodoo. Everywhere he has been and everyone he’s been around are now cursed. Monte has never been the same coach since he left Tampa Bay and joined his idiot son at Tennessee. Tennessee has not recovered from his one year of stupidity. USC has enough talent that a third grader could win there and now he’s got his hands all over bammer…”oh Saban won’t put up with his stupidity.” Hahaha!!!

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