Could Lane Kiffin Join Nick Saban As The Next Offensive Coordinator At Alabama?

September 7, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans head coach Lane Kiffin watches game action against the Washington State Cougars during the second half at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Could deposed USC head coach Lane Kiffin be heading to Alabama?

There’s certainly smoke where that rumor is concerned.

ESPN’s Brett McMurphy reported earlier today that Kiffin was seen in Tuscaloosa consulting with Nick Saban regarding the Alabama offense.

Alabama’s offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier has been linked to some head coaching jobs this year, including Washington’s where he was an assistant under new Trojan head coach Steve Sarkisian from 2009 to 2011.

There’s been no hint that Sarkisian is targeting Nussmeier for a job at USC, but if he were looking to reunite with his former offensive coordinator as he rounds out his new staff it would open the door for Kiffin at Alabama.

Jimmy Sexton, Saban’s agent, also happens to be Kiffin’s agent.

Kiffin has also been linked to the offensive coordinator position at Florida, meaning his return to the SEC could be imminent.

The attention regarding Kiffin’s services as an offensive coordinator should not be surprising. Although he failed to keep things together as a head coach, Kiffin is regarded among the brightest offensive football minds in the country and as a coordinator he oversaw some of the top offenses in college football.

Topics: Football, Lane Kiffin, Nick Saban, USC Trojans

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  • LA_Banker

    The dichotomy between how USC fans regard Kiffin’s offensive mind and how the rest of the country regards it is occasionally astounding.

    • Michael Castillo

      Agreed, though Oakland and Tennessee ate that up big time. I think he’s going the ability and potential to be a great OC, but he gets in his own way. Like I put on Twitter, if he goes to Alabama, he’s going to force feed Amari Cooper because that’s what he does, at the detriment of the team. Did it with Reggie in 2005 to get him the Heisman, Woods in 2011 to break records and Lee in 2012 to win the Biletnikoff.

      • Ben Factor

        I couldn’t see Saban letting Kiffin do as he wished, regardless of negative consequences. He’s supposedly super demanding.

    • Ben Factor

      True. Many of Kiffin’s OC problems, though, were in his failure to adapt to USC’s limited roster. With Alabama’s roster, fewer young players have to play, or even get to play. There is more room for complexity. Kiffin might look better in that environment. While Kiffin’s work under Carroll is criticized, no one has said he was horrible in the way he seemed to be the last couple of years.

      • LA_Banker

        That’s a great point. Kiffin was forced to play ultra-conservatively given the sanctions and his downfall may have been overdoing that. Many USC fans question his wunderkid status, but you make a good point that the past few years aren’t exactly the most fair of times to examine him under a microscope.

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