Is Kiffin Being Named Bama OC a Good Idea?
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Been a busy weekend in Tuscaloosa.
First of all, Lane Kiffin did accept the offensive coordinator job at Alabama. You had to know this was coming after Kiffin came in and consulted with Nick Saban a few weeks ago on his offense.
Countless jokes, especially from opposing fans, were made about the Kiffin hiring. But most football experts say Kiffin may not be a great head coach, but he was a decent offensive coordinator. Kiffin, as some of you may have forgotten -- like me -- was the OC when Pete Carroll was at USC, and he was pretty good.
So, while this may not be a bad move for either party, it still sent shock waves throughout the college football world. and it continues to trend on Twitter.
"We are excited to have Lane join our staff," said Saban. "He is an outstanding and creative offensive coach who has great experience both at the college and NFL level. He has a very good understanding of the game and I have always been impressed with what I saw in the games he called. He coaches with a great deal of passion and enthusiasm, and also does an excellent job as a teacher. Lane will be an outstanding addition to our coaching staff and we look forward to him and his family joining us at the University of Alabama."
Kiffin seems to be excited and grateful for the opportunity. Here' s what the pros in Alabama's sports information department prepared for him to read:
"We want to thank the University of Alabama and Coach Saban for this tremendous opportunity, and we feel humbled and honored to be a part of the Crimson Tide family. I've always had the utmost respect for what Coach Saban has done with his programs. Having the unique opportunity to be here last month, I was able to meet some of the great players and the great people in the organization, and I'm very excited to start working with them. We've seen the passion and support of the Alabama fans firsthand, and when that's combined with the storied history and tradition of the program, this is a very special place to coach."
You'd best save that comment, because it will probably be the last time you hear from him until the bowl game next year. Saban does not let his coaching staff get too chatty, which is probably a good thing for Kiffin. He proved to the Los Angeles media he doesn't necessarily fare well around mikes or reporters' notepads.
So if you expect Lane Kiffin to be holding weekly press conferences, think again.