Lane Kiffin is coming back to the SEC. On Friday, Alabama officially announced the former USC coach will join Nick Saban’s staff as the offensive coordinator for the next three years.
Kiffin was looking for a job after he was fired at USC earlier this season. The Trojans went 28-15 under his watch, which followed a one-year stint at Tennessee in 2009.
While the Kiffin-Saban work relationship will be an odd one, this hire should work out well for Alabama. Yes, you read that correctly.
For all of his faults as a head coach, Kiffin is a solid offensive coordinator. And at Alabama, Kiffin won’t have any other obligations other than to call plays and recruit – two areas where he excels.
Saban is the best coach in college football. And despite Kiffin’s relative lack of success as a head coach, Saban sees potential. So while Kiffin is a bit of a punching bag in the SEC, Alabama (and Saban) will benefit from his tweaks and play-calls on offense.
Interestingly enough, Kiffin’s hire could signal Alabama wants to run more up-tempo offense in 2014.
The top priority for Kiffin this spring will be to develop a new quarterback, as AJ McCarron expired his eligibility after the Sugar Bowl loss to Oklahoma.