Lane Kiffin may be gone, but he’s far from forgotten.
Monday, Alabama announced that Kiffin would not serve as offensive coordinator in the national championship game against so that he can (ahem) “turn his full attention to his new head coaching role at FAU.” During an appearance on the Mike & Mike show Tuesday morning, however, Kiffin indicated that he would like to be in the press box during the title game to assist Steve Sarkisian, the offensive analyst-turned-offensive coordinator who will be responsible for play-calling against the Tigers.
“We do not know legally whether we can do that,” Kiffin said during the interview according to 247Sports.com. “Sidelines for sure would not, but the press box would be ideal because that would exchange Sark and I what his role was and then what my role was. Then he can come down to the field and coach the players.”
At a press conference this afternoon, a perturbed Nick Saban, peppered with Kiffin questions, indicated it’s not legally possible for the former coordinator to take over Sarkisian’s advisory role. Besides that, the head coach said, “[t]hat’s not something we’re interested in pursuing.”
Saban: Alabama not interested in enlisting Kiffin’s help on Monday. “That’s really not even possible from a legal standpoint…”
— John Zenor (@jzenor) January 3, 2017
Nick Saban says Lane Kiffin will not be part of/around team on Monday. “That’s not something we’re interested in pursuing.”
— Nicole Auerbach (@NicoleAuerbach) January 3, 2017
So, with that, we can officially close the book on the Kiffin Era in Tuscaloosa. Maybe?