Like It or Not, Nick Saban's Smart to Like Lane Kiffin

By DJ Byrnes on January 10, 2014 at 12:48p
Yes, this picture will be used on anything Kiffin-related until the sun explodes.

Yesterday, we brought you news of Lane Kiffin interviewing this week to become Alabama's next offensive coordinator. Some Bammers are trying to delude themselves into thinking Lane Kiffin — who turned boatloads of talented recruiting classes at USC into a smoldering heap of ash — will somehow bring some magic back to the Tide offense. From the finest literary source in America,

[Nick Saban] doesn’t care about the public perception of Kiffin as a loose-lipped skipper of sinking ships. He only cares if the former head coach at Tennessee and USC can help make the Alabama program better.

Saban likes Kiffin as an offensive football coach, especially when it comes to generating explosive plays. He likes some of the things Kiffin has done with his offense against Saban’s defense.

During Kiffin's one season as the UT head coach in 2009, his Vols lost 12-10 at Alabama on a blocked field goal on the final play. But they outgained Saban's first BCS title team at Alabama by almost 100 yards, and they hit seven pass plays of 15 yards or more against one of Saban's best defenses.

Yes! Nick Saban is smart to ignore Kiffin's 40-36 regular season, 0-2 bowl record as a NFL/college head coach. He's smart to just concentrate on those seven plays during a rivalry game that took place almost five years ago. Hell, Kiffin's genius manufactured 10 whole points against a mighty Alabama defense! Saban's hubris will be his savior! 

Please, Alabama, for the sake of America, hire Lane Kiffin.


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ChazBuckeye's picture

It would be un-American not to hire Lane Kiffin. Just like Aurburn's AD said about them not being in the NC game;-)

Some people think we’re the hunted.I don’t feel that way at all.We’re the hunter.Everybody wants an angry football team.Everybody wants a team on edge and a hungry team.If you’re a hunter,that usually equates to being hungry.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Yes, Bama, please do hire Kiffin!
In recent months, there's been chatter that Saban is getting paranoid (again?) that Auburn and other rivals are getting an edge on his program. Bama currently has the #1 recruiting class for 2014, but - if the rumors are true - Saban's been feeling a bit insecure. He probably always feels like that - it's partly what makes him great - but some day his paranoia might turn prescient.
And if that happens in the next few years - if Bama loses it dominance - we might look back at the hiring of Kiffin as having been a sign of desperation. That, in 2013, the ship had an ever so small leak that was mostly unnoticed by outside observers, but the ship noticeably took on water at just about the time that Ahab invited Gilligan to come aboard.   

alust2013's picture

I'd have no problem with Bama hiring Kiffin. None at all.

...and Michigan still sucks.

tennbuckeye19's picture

I'm sure Saban is aware that Kiffin has many talents, including coaching in disguise.

Hovenaut's picture

Skills on display, indoors and out....

Statutoryglory's picture

Wow he looks like Daniel Tosh

vitaminB's picture

This will be another interesting storyline when we play them for the title in a couple of years.

hansman's picture

I envy your optimism and I hope I have it when next season rolls around. Right now, I'm still thinking of how the last two games of this season went and how our defense played all year.

thunderhawks51's picture

I am in no way commending Alabama for this hire. However, for the people using his head coaching record as a counter argument, there are some coaches who are certainly more suited for coordinator positions and not head coaching ones (see Dick Lebeau). Just because he tanked it as a head coach of a team does not mean he will be a terrible play caller. Let's hope he doesn't see near the success Lebeau did as a coordinator. By the way, can we please steal away Dick Lebeau?!

Run_Fido_Run's picture

This is an excellent point. Kiffin is probably a much better suited to switching back to being a coordinator. When Kiffin was younger and hungry, he had a good track as a position coach and coordinator.
But, now that he's no longer hungry and having to build his career from scratch: How does he go back to not being a diva anymore?

buckskin's picture

Kiffin's only major college offensive coordinator experience came at USC for 2 years.  Let's see:  Matt Leinart, Reggie Bush, LenDale White, Dwayne Jarrett, Steve Smith.  My 8 year old boy could coach that crew to a title.  Go for him Bama!

Catch 5's picture

Have you seen the talent going through Bama?

Make their asses quit! - Nick Saban

Hello_Heisman's picture

Considering that Alabama brings in equivalent levels of talent like this every year, I'd say the fact that he was successful in a similar situation as OC at USC is an argument for why he'll succeed, not for why he sucks. 
I think he'll do very well in the role and that despite his atrocious personality and failings as a HC, he's an excellent recruiter who runs an offense that meshes with what Saban wants to do.  My guess is that he'll succeed in this role, but then fail going forward when he parlays this position into another HC job.

60% of the time it works.....every time

BoFuquel's picture

This is the guy that orchestrated The Reggie Busch Scandal. Without any real penalty. He pulled all the strings to make it happen, and got off free. He should be a slumlord somewhere not a college football coach. GO BUCKS!

I wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then.

cinserious's picture

Kiffin will be right at home in Alabama, considering they can actually get away with boatloads of recruiting violations because, you know SEC.

One day I will valiantly become a political prisoner of 11W jail.

Earle's picture

Always two there are, no more, no less.  A master and an apprentice.

Snarkies gonna snark. 

Oyster's picture

Being kinda hard on the Sith with that comparison, don't you think think?

"Scrolling hurts my finger"

(and FitzBuck was clearly the winner)

Hello_Heisman's picture

Earle's also being kind of hard on Star Wars fans - was there really a need to bring back memories of the worst movie of the entire series?  And was there really a need for me to see it in the theater 5 times despite realizing how much it sucked after the first viewing?

60% of the time it works.....every time

Oyster's picture

And it took you 4 more times to realize the movie was bad? 
That is telling, very telling indeed.

"Scrolling hurts my finger"

(and FitzBuck was clearly the winner)

Earle's picture

As a Michigan fan, he's used to paying good money to be disappointed over and over again.

Snarkies gonna snark. 

Oyster's picture

And expecting a different outcome each time...

"Scrolling hurts my finger"

(and FitzBuck was clearly the winner)

Hello_Heisman's picture

What can I say - my childhood was all about Star Wars and I waited for 16 years in between Jedi and Phantom Menace. After all that wait, it took me multiple viewings to fully realize that yes, George Lucas had made a terrible, terrible Star Wars movie. I'd equate it to the realization that finally hit me halfway through the 2008 Michigan football season: "Holy shit. We legitimately suck this year and are not even going to make it to a bowl game!"

60% of the time it works.....every time

gumtape's picture

If not Bama, we know he can get a job at PSU with James Franklin.

High and tight boo boo

toad1204's picture

I think Louisville would be the better fit... 

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 



"Sherman ran an option play right through the south" - Greatest Civil War analogy EVER.

fanfarris's picture

Dam man.I'll hire him....He has Style and Glamour all around him.


Unky Buck's picture

He's smart to just concentrate on those seven plays during a rivalry game that took place almost five years ago.

Wait, that isn't within the statue of limitations?

Rock over London; Rock on Chicago. Timex: It takes a lickin' but keeps on tickin'

BrewstersMillions's picture

Everything about the guy screams smarmy little nit wit but as coordinators go, he probably isn't awful. Some guys just need to be chiefs and some guys need to be Indians. The guy isn't a football nincompoop so in the right atmosphere he may be able to thrive.
I do worry about the State of Alabama's ability to sustain two egos the size of Kiffin and Saban's, however. There has to be some sort of environmental impact study before a hire is made to ensure the US doesn't actually collapse in on itself or the black hole the state will most certainly become.

cinserious's picture

When I think of smarmy little nit-wits like Kiffin, it always brings me back to this guy:

One day I will valiantly become a political prisoner of 11W jail.

BrewstersMillions's picture

If anyone ever did a movie about Lane Kiffin's life I think you may have found the actor. Well done.

BamaBuckeye144's picture

If douche equates to successful offenses, Alabama will be unstoppable.


FLAMikey's picture

Douche Deluxe, not just douche.

GoBucksToledo's picture

Well, he does bring that 12-10 dynamism, personality and deflated balls to the program...

Statutoryglory's picture

I'd love it if they're successful and in a couple of years Kiffin stabs Saban in the back and gets him sent to early retirement.