Posted January 09, 2014

Report: Alabama to interview Lane Kiffin for offensive coordinator position

Alabama Crimson Tide, Lane Kiffin
Lane Kiffin could be on his way back to the SEC to fill Alabama's opening at offensive coordinator.

Lane Kiffin (right) could be headed back to the SEC to as Alabama’s offensive coordinator. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Is Lane Kiffin heading back to the SEC? The former USC and Tennessee coach will interview for Alabama’s open offensive coordinator position as early as Thursday, Jeremy Fowler of CBSSports.com reports.

The Crimson Tide are looking to replace Doug Nussmeier, who left this week after two years in Tuscaloosa for the same position at Michigan.

Trojans athletic director Pat Haden fired Kiffin in September after a 3-2 start. USC lost seven of its last 11 games under Kiffin, who went 28-15 in nearly four seasons with the Trojans.

Kiffin spent six seasons (2001 through ’06) as an offensive assistant at USC. In ’05 and ’06, he was the Trojans’ offensive coordinator under coach Pete Carroll. In ’05, Kiffin’s USC offense set Pac-10 records for total offense, first downs, points scored, touchdowns and PATs, and scored at least 50 points a school-record seven times. That Trojans team was also the first to boast a 3,000-yard passer, a pair of 1,000-yard runners and a 1,000-yard receiver in the same season. Kiffin left USC in ’07 to become the coach of the NFL’s Oakland Raiders. Owner Al Davis fired Kiffin in Sept. ’08, and he took over as the coach of the Volunteers the following year.

Kiffin’s SEC ties are slim. He spent only a single season as the coach at Tennessee before leaving to take over the Trojans. But Kiffin reportedly visited Alabama coach Nick Saban last month to oversee the Crimson Tide’s offense. That visit could have been a precursor to a possible interview.

35 comments
Listening
Listening

Holy...  you know what!!!!!  I know the ou game was bad but bama can't be that desperate, can they????

mike.russell
mike.russell

Despite their record when Kiffin was head coach, the Raiders played pretty well.  They were torpedoed by a terrible quarterback whom Al Davis stuck him with.  The overall impression was that the coaching was good. 

ku92usc2003
ku92usc2003

@wags1415 He and Saban in the same place? Perfect! Maybe they can get Belichick to join them, forming a satanic triumvirate.

mashley278
mashley278

Say what you like, I think Nick Saban (owner of 4 national titles) probably knows a little more than you and I highly doubt he cares about our comments on a message board. As a Bama fan, I hate Kiffin, but go back to '09 and who came closest to beating Alabama? Kiffin. His offense at USC while coordinator? Tops. His recruiting class as a coordinator? #1. I'd prefer Alabama go after someone else, but if anyone can make it work, Saban can.

lkshw06
lkshw06

@SInow Talking about desperation . I didn't knowa gets down like that.

DROGBAblaster
DROGBAblaster

@bholmesays it makes zero sense. This is the guy who refused to play Buck Allen. Ya know? The guy who was voted team MVP this year for USC?

clayfill
clayfill

@SInow wasn't the reaction bad enough when he just visited a couple of weeks ago?

toddinnv
toddinnv

@SInow saw this coming when Sabin had him there a few weeks back

donald5
donald5

I think the guy as a head coach is a disaster.  Coordinator may be a completely different story.  As a head coach Richard Lebeau (I would use his normal name but it seems as though SI.com doesn't like it) was terrible, as a purely defensive coordinator, he is a Hall of Famer. 

jgfleet661
jgfleet661

@SInow -LOL! When kiffin was at USC everybody was dogging him. Now its "yes, bring in kiffin!" Homers are hilarious.

Hunzingerc92
Hunzingerc92

@SInow how does this bum keep getting looks at high profile jobs? Everywhere he has been he ran into the ground

mashley278
mashley278

@lkshw06@SInowI despise Kiffin, and as a Bama fan, this makes me sick. HOWEVER, I am not stupid. Kiffin, while at UT, was the only coach that even sniffed beating Alabama in the past 6 or 7 years. Had it not been for two miracle blocked field goals (by Terrence Cody) in 2009, Tennessee would have won. And his offense at USC broke every record the school had. Considering you're a UCLA fan, well, don't comment on Alabama's successes or failures, UCLA hasn't been relevant since the 70's.

oldnslo
oldnslo

@BreakingBattman @SInow @PaulPabst  Oh my God, I hope not. Please tell me this is a sick joke.

Surely Saban has not lost his mind.

mashley278
mashley278

@Hunzingerc92@SInowas a head coach. As a coordinator, he excelled.