The hiring of former Southern Cal head coach Lane Kiffin as the Alabama Crimson Tide’s offensive coordinator has been one of the biggest stories of the season.
Tide head coach Nick Saban knows Kiffin has struggled as a head coach, but has seen him succeed as a play caller before.
Thayer Evans and Pete Thamel of Sports Illustrated went in depth explaining how the two came together.
There’s a backstory to the most compelling pairing of head coach and offensive coordinator in the country. Saban got a preview of having Kiffin around in December, when Kiffin flew to Tuscaloosa to spend eight days evaluating the Crimson Tide. In early January, before he got hired at Alabama, Kiffin went into detail with SI.com about what he learned from being ensconced in Saban’s world. When asked what impressed him, Kiffin asked, “How long you got?”
On Kiffin’s first night in town, he had a three-hour dinner at Saban’s house. Every night after that, they’d spend 15 minutes going over their respective notes on the day. Kiffin said Saban paid for his flight and hotel room.
“It was something neat Nick did knowing I was out here doing nothing,” Kiffin told SI.com in January. “It was good for both of us, and it was good for me to be around ball again.”
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