January 10, 2014

What Lane Kiffin brings to Alabama

The University of Alabama hired Lane Kiffin as its offensive coordinator for football, announcing the news Friday afternoon.

The 38-year-old Kiffin replaces Doug Nussmeier, who took the offensive coordinator job at Michigan after two seasons at Alabama. Kiffin is the fourth offensive coordinator in head coach Nick Saban's tenure at Alabama, and by far the most well-known. Kiffin has previously served as head coach at Southern Cal, Tennessee and with the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League.

"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," Kiffin said in a statement. "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."

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