At this point it’s safe to say that Lane Kiffin must be a really good interviewer, since he always seems to land jobs he doesn’t deserve. On Friday afternoon rumors began to circulate that Kiffin and Alabama had come to an agreement that would make him the team’s new offensive coordinator. I have talked to a source that claims a deal isn’t yet done, but it is being worked on right now and is imminent. That fits with what ESPN has now reported.
Kiffin was fired as USC’s head coach in September after an embarrassing 62-41 loss at Arizona State. In his three-plus years with the Trojans he posted a 28-15 record after a one-year stretch at Tennessee where he led the team to a 7-6 record.
Kiffin has a good relationship with Alabama head coach Nick Saban, who he looks at as a role model. The two men visited with each other before the Sugar Bowl to (as Saban put it) “share ideas and exchange ideas … (for) professional development.
Lane is a really good offensive coach, and I’ve always had a tremendous amount of respect for him. Just to come in and brainstorm a little bit to get some professional ideas with our guys is a really positive thing.
Former offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier left Alabama to take the same position at Michigan on Thursday and rumors had Kiffin at the top of Saban’s list.
If Kiffin wanted to rehab his image in the coaching world, working with Saban was the exact right thing to do.