Alabama hires Lane Kiffin as offensive coordinator

Friday January 10th, 2014

USC is still feeling the effects of having scholarship reductions handed down the NCAA. (Harry How/Getty Images) Lane Kiffin is reportedly headed by the SEC, this time as Alabama's offensive coordinator. (Harry How/Getty Images)

Alabama hired former USC head coach Lane Kiffin as the the school's new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, the school announced Friday.

Kiffin will replace Doug Nussmeier who left Alabama on Thursday to become offensive coordinator at Michigan.

Kiffin was fired by USC in September after a 62-41 loss at Arizona State.

Kiffin spent six seasons at USC under Pete Carroll as an assistant, including the final two seasons as offensive coordinator. He was also head coach at Tennessee and for the Oakland Raiders.

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Alabama head coach Nick Saban said that Kiffin visited the team before the Sugar Bowl "to share ideas and exchange ideas ... [for] professional development."  Alabama lost the Sugar Bowl 45-31 to Oklahoma.

"We are excited to have Lane join our staff," Saban said. "He is an outstanding and creative offensive coach who has great experience both at the college and NFL level. He has a very good understanding of the game and I have always been impressed with what I saw in the games he called. He coaches with a great deal of passion and enthusiasm, and also does an excellent job as a teacher. 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."
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