Alabama OC Lane Kiffin will return to team for next season

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Alabama OC Lane Kiffin will return to team for next season
Saturday January 24th, 2015

Alabama announced on Saturday that Lane Kiffin will remain with the team as offensive coordinator.

The news comes after a report surfaced earlier this month saying Kiffin was the frontrunner for the San Francisco 49ers' vacant offensive coordinator position.

"I made a comment at the Sugar Bowl that I would be back this fall at Alabama and that is definitely the plan," Kiffin said in a news release. "This time of year, there are lots of things out there regarding other coaching opportunities, but I want to reaffirm my commitment to the University of Alabama, Coach Saban, and our team. I'm excited about what our offensive staff was able to accomplish last year, but I also think there are a lot of things we can do a better job of in terms of putting our players in the best situation to have success.

"After being here for a year, I can see why this is such a special place in terms of the history, tradition, and how much football means to everyone at Alabama. I also have learned so much in the time I've spent with Coach Saban and really have a better understanding of what makes him the great coach that he is. I think the more time I can spend learning from him, the better coach I will be in the future." 

Under Kiffin last season, Alabama ranked fourth in the SEC in yards per play and second in points per game. The Crimson Tide finished 12-2 after losing to Ohio State in the semifinals of the College Football Playoff.

Kiffin was a finalist for the Broyles Award given annually to the nation's top assistant coach. He reportedly signed a three-year contract in 2014 that will pay him $680,000 next season and $714,000 in the third year.

Alabama recently lost defensive assistants Kevin Steele and Lance Thompson to LSU and Auburn, respectively.

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