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Kiffin hired as Alabama offensive coordinator

 

 

Sep 28, 2013; Tempe, AZ, USA; USC Trojans head coach Lane Kiffin looks on prior to the game against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Sun Devil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 28, 2013; Tempe, AZ, USA; USC head coach looks on prior to the game against the Sun Devils at Sun Devil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY

By Jess Nicholas, TideFans.com Editor-In-Chief

Jan. 10,

 

Alabama hired former Cal and Tennessee head coach as its new offensive coordinator Friday, quickly filling the vacancy left when Doug left Alabama for the same at Michigan.

 

We are excited to have Lane join our staff,” said Alabama head coach in a statement released by the university. “He is an outstanding and creative offensive coach who has great experience both at the and 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 as a teacher. Lane will be an outstanding addition to our and we look forward to him and his family joining us at the University of Alabama.”

 

Kiffin’s hiring put a quick end to speculation about the job. Former Alabama wide receiver coach Mike Groh, University of offensive coordinator James Coley and current Alabama wide receiver coach Billy Napier were also believed to have been under consideration.

 

Kiffin’s background in pro- and West Coast offensive systems would not mark much of a for Alabama, which currently uses elements of both under its multiple, pro-style banner. In his days at Cal and Tennessee, Kiffin’s system made greater use of running backs as receivers, and especially the fullback position, than has Alabama’s offense the past two years under Nussmeier.

 

It isn’t clear what changes, if any, Kiffin will bring to Alabama’s current offensive system. has hinted at increasing the tempo of the offense, and Kiffin has experience with an up-tempo version of the pro-set.

 

 

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