When the Alabama Crimson Tide hired former USC Trojans head coach, Lane Kiffin last week as their offensive coordinator to replace Doug Nussmeier it sent shockwaves throughout the college football world. Today, Nick Saban explained the hiring of Kiffin at the American Football Coaches Association Convention.
“I’ve known him for a long time,” Saban said after speaking to approximately 4,000 coaches during an hour-long session. “I always thought he was a really good coach. All his issues come from something we’re not asking him to do.”
Without the rigors of running the program and having a staff underneath him like he did at previous head coaching jobs which include the Tennessee Volunteers and Oakland Raiders, Kiffin will be able to focus on simply calling plays where he has had some success earlier in his career.
With Alabama preventing their assistants from speaking to the media, Kiffin should be able to be kept out of the spotlight where the L.A. media and he did not always have the best relationship.
The only other comments made on the hiring of Kiffin were in an official release last week when he said, “We are excited to have Lane join our staff. … 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.”