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Team: Alabama Crimson Tide
Age / DOB:  (41) / 5/9/1975

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Alabama OC Lane Kiffin will stay at the school through the Playoffs.
"People talk about next year," he said, "but we have a lot of work to do." Kiffin is reportedly a prime candidate for openings as Houston's head coach and LSU's offensive coordinator. ESPN's Brett McMurphy previously reported that Kiffin will interview on Sunday for the Cougars' head-coaching vacancy. Last week, HC Nick Saban told the media that Kiffin was "absolutely" ready to be a head coach again. "Those are signs of tremendous maturity as a coach who is not just committed to a system but is committed to doing things that he has to help players be successful," Saban said. "I think he's proven when he was a head coach he had a reasonably good amount of success -- much more than I think he gets credit for -- and he's done a phenomenal job in the three years he's been with us." Dec 4 - 12:25 PM
Source: ESPN

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ESPN's Brett McMuprhy reports Houston will interview Alabama OC Lane Kiffin, former LSU head coach Les Miles and former Baylor head coach Art Briles for the school's opening.

Kiffin and Miles make sense, but we continue to be amazed by the inclusion of Art Briles' name following the disaster at Baylor. Maybe we shouldn't be, as we know winning trumps everything for many programs. Kiffin's name has come up in LSU's offensive coordinator search, but he likely would prefer another head coaching job. Les Miles' name popped up in the Purdue search, but a previous report stated that would not happen.
Dec 3 - 12:04 PM

SB Nation's Steven Godfrey reports that Alabama OC Lane Kiffin will interview for Houston's vacant head-coaching position after Saturday's SEC Championship Game against Florida.

Kiffin's Alabama rebirth over the last three seasons has made him a hot commodity in the rumor mill this week. It was earlier reported that LSU HC Ed Orgeron wanted to bring Kiffin on-board as the Tigers' offensive coordinator. With head gigs open at Oregon and Houston, though, LSU looks like they are going to face stiff competition here. Perhaps the most interesting note in Godfrey's report is that Crimson Tide HC Nick Saban is actively pushing for Kiffin to take the job at Houston because it would move him out of the SEC and thus keep Saban's dark-voodoo coaching secrets out of enemy hands. In addition to Kiffin, Godfrey relays that Todd Orlando (currently Houston's interim head coach), Major Applewhite, Les Miles and Lincoln Riley are also under "heavy consideration."
Source: SB Nation
Dec 2 - 4:55 PM

An NFL scout thinks Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin would "instantly upgrade an NFL offense."

"I think he'd instantly upgrade an NFL offense, he's arguably one of the best offensive minds in the game," the scout said. "He's able to adapt in terms of personnel. The offense this year is completely different in style and play-calling than it was last year with [Derrick] Henry." Alabama ranks No. 23 in the country with 480 yards per game. Kiffin has never been an NFL coordinator, but he was the head coach of the Raiders.
Source: MMQB
Dec 2 - 4:01 PM

Alabama HC Nick Saban says he has no knowledge of reports suggesting that offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin is drawing interest from other programs.

"I don't know anything about that," Saban said Sunday night. "He hasn't come to me about it, and I'm sure he would." Sure, Nick. This statement wreaks of the same feigned ignorance that Saban trotted out in pretending he didn't know what day the election was on (he later did a mini-walk back by swearing he voted absentee). As everyone who works in college football is now well aware, Kiffin is -- reportedly -- Ed Orgeron's top target to become LSU's new offensive coordinator. Further, Orgeron reportedly made Kiffin's inclusion on his staff a significant part of his presentation to the school's brass when lobbying for the long-term gig. The two are friends who worked together while Kiffin was the head coach at Tennessee and Southern California.
Source: ESPN
Nov 28 - 12:57 PM

Alabama OC Lane Kiffin received a raise to $1.4 million.

Just a little minor housekeeping here. Kiffin will be paid $1.4 million for the period that started on July 1, 2016. That will stretch through to February 28, 2017. Severance payments from USC had previously allowed Alabama to skirt paying the market price for Kiffin. A year ago, they shelled out $714,000 for the offensive coordinator. With his salary now bumped up to $1.4 million, he stands as Alabama's highest-paid coordinator. DC Jeremy Pruitt draws $1 million annually.
Sep 9 - 1:43 PM

UCLA offered Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin the same position.

Kiffin turned the job down prior to the Crimson Tide's 45-40 victory over Clemson in the College Football Playoff National Championship, according to ESPN. In turn, UCLA promoted running backs coach Kennedy Polamalu to offensive coordinator on Wednesday. "I have a great job," Kiffin said Saturday. "So any time that stuff comes up, I remind myself that I have a great job with great players and a great head coach and there are only two teams still playing, so we're fortunate to be here." UCLA coach Jim Mora worked with Kiffin's father, Monte, in 1995 with the New Orleans Saints.
Jan 14 - 3:11 PM

Alabama OC Lane Kiffin said, "I don't think fun is a word used around our program much. We're not here to have fun."

The line that Kiffin uttered next was as predictable as the sun rising in the East and setting in the West: "We're here to win." In an ESPN profile of Kiffin in the run-up to Monday's National Championship showdown with Clemson, he did offer some nice (relatively non-cliched) soundbites about HC Nick Saban, saying that college football's equivalent of Darth Vader is "very different from the stories [he heard prior to joining Alabama]." While Kiffin and the Tide might not be an outwardly joyful team, the offensive coordinator did offer what would appear to be a sense of humor regarding his third trip to Phoenix. "Last time I was here I got fired," Kiffin said. "Time before that was for the [USC] NCAA hearing. So, yeah, a lot of great memories."
Jan 9 - 6:45 PM

Alabama OC Lane Kiffin said, "Hopefully we give the ball to [junior RB] Derrick [Henry] more than [Ohio State gave it to junior RB Ezekiel Elliot]."

Kiffin made sure to add "Kidding. That's a joke." Sure, Coach, sure. The infamous game in question came on November 21, when the undefeated Buckeyes fell to Michigan State 17-14 in a contest that saw Elliott receive just 12 carries. If Derrick Henry receives 12-15 carries against Sparty on New Year's Eve, something's likely gone horribly, horribly wrong for the Crimson Tide. In his past two games alone, Henry toted the rock 90 times. The Heisman Trophy winner tallied 339 carries for the 2015 campaign.
Source: CBS Sports
Mon, Dec 28, 2015 05:48:00 PM

According to ESPN, there's a "good chance" Alabama OC Lane Kiffen is retained on staff next season.

Kiffen, himself, sounds like he's rarin' to return. Said the offensive coordinator, "I have a great job, and any time there's any thinking any different, I just remind myself how many people would want to be the offensive coordinator for Nick Saban." He reportedly sniffed around the Maryland head coaching gig in November--a job that ultimately went to D.J. Durkin--but on Sunday, he indicated that his heart's with the Crimson Tide. HC Nick Saban's been predictably mum on Kiffin's status moving forward.
Sun, Dec 27, 2015 04:38:00 PM

Alabama OC Lane Kiffin interviewed for the vacant head coaching job at Maryland, according to Jeff Ermann of 247 Sports.

That is a bit shocking. "Per a reliable source in Tuscaloosa, ‘the situation has run its course’ and Kiffin seems unlikely to return next year," Ermann writes. We are all expecting Kiffin to land a head coaching job this offseason, but Maryland wasn't the first job that jumped off the page. Expect Alabama to lose a large number of players to the NFL and at least one coordinator to a head coaching vacancy.
Source: 247 Sports
Sat, Nov 14, 2015 11:13:00 AM

When asked about new OC Lane Kiffin, Alabama head coach Nick Saban said "so far, so good."

Kiffin has "done a really good job. He's smart, players respond to him well," Saban explained. In the past, Alabama's offense has been very ground focused, using power running plays and throwing play action off of it. It will be interesting to see if Kiffin expands off of that mentality this season.
Thu, Jul 17, 2014 01:07:00 PM

Former USC head coach Lane Kiffin will be Alabama's next offensive coordinator, according to ESPN's Alex Scarborough.

Kiffin and Nick Saban have been friends for some time, and some took Kiffin interviewing for the job as a friendly gesture by the Alabama coach, but it was obviously much more. Saban is known for keeping his offensive coordinators close, in terms of advising them (restricting might be too harsh). Alabama obviously has produced a steady rushing attack in recent years, and that will likely be relied on heavily next season without AJ McCarron. It is also important that assistants under Saban rarely speak to the media during the season.
Source: ESPN
Fri, Jan 10, 2014 05:13:00 PM

Former USC head coach Lane Kiffin will interview for Alabama's offensive coordinator opening this week, according to CBS Sports' Jeremy Fowler.

Fowler adds the interview could take place as early as Thursday. "Kiffin will visit Tuscaloosa for the interview but won't be alone for the job. A long list of NFL suitors should be involved for a coveted job to replace Doug Nussmeier," Fowler writes. It would be a fun marriage, but Kiffin would almost certainly have to stick to Nick Saban's plays and scripts.
Source: CBS Sports
Thu, Jan 9, 2014 09:55:00 AM