Nick Saban rips media for criticizing Lane Kiffin hire (Video)

Nick SabanThrough his first four games as Alabama’s offensive coordinator, it looks like Lane Kiffin was a great hire. The Tide are throwing the ball more than they did in past seasons and look more rounded on offense. They rank 12th in the nation with 335.8 passing yards per game after finishing the 2013 season ranked 45th with AJ McCarron under center. Nick Saban has decided that now is a good time to rub Kiffin’s success in the media’s face.

A reporter asked Saban on Tuesday if his communication with Kiffin has improved since the former USC coach first came on board. Saban went full “D–k Saban” on the guy and insisted it was never bad to begin with. He also took a few moments to beat his chest for making what looks like a great addition to his staff.

“If I did what you all thought when I hired the guy, he wouldn’t even be here,” Saban said, as transcribed by Jerry Hinnen of Eye on College Football. “Maybe that was the assumption — because nobody thought it was a good hire, that all of a sudden [our communication was] bad. I don’t know. I thought it was a good hire. Nobody else did. Now, I got beat up like a drum for doing it, and now all of a sudden it’s great.

“You guys don’t have any consequences for what you say or do. Our stuff ends up out there on the field on Saturday and if it ain’t done right there are consequences — in front of a whole bunch of people.”

[Related: Nick Saban is clueless about why Lane Kiffin is so disliked]

As for Kiffin finally opening things up on offense for Alabama, Saban wasn’t shy about pointing out that he has always wanted his teams to throw the ball more and stop taking such a run-heavy approach.

“I’ve been begging the offensive coordinators around here to open it up ever since I’ve been here … My philosophy hasn’t changed at all,” he said. “I’ve always asked for this. ‘Why don’t we throw the ball on this look instead of running this play where we can’t block everybody?'”

It should be noted that Alabama hasn’t exactly gotten to the meat of its schedule, but scoring 168 points in four games is pretty impressive. Kiffin has senior quarterback Blake Sims looking like a star. If the success continues, this probably won’t be the last time Saban rubs the media’s collective nose in it.

Video via 247Sports

Former USC CB Brian Baucham suing Lane Kiffin, school for making him play while ill

Brian-Baucham-USCFormer USC cornerback Brian Baucham has filed a lawsuit against the university and former head coach Lane Kiffin, alleging that he suffered a brain injury during a game after he was forced to play while ill.

According to CBS Los Angeles, Baucham claims he suffered cardiopulmonary damage and brain injury when the Trojans played Cal on Sept. 22, 2012. He had been diagnosed with a concussion two months prior to the game and says he became ill before kickoff, but Kiffin allegedly forced him to play. Baucham collapsed on the field during the second half and was taken to a nearby hospital.

Baucham spent several days on a ventilator under the supervision of doctors and did not play for USC again. The lawsuit also claims that USC tried to revoke his scholarship after he was injured.

Given some of the stories we have heard surrounding USC over the past year or so, a lawsuit against Kiffin seems pretty much par for the course.

H/T Sports Illustrated

Nick Saban is clueless about why Lane Kiffin is so disliked

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Nick Saban might be the only person left who doesn’t understand why Lane Kiffin is so disliked among the public. The real reason he is disliked is because he is an abrasive, off-putting, arrogant jerk who thinks he is Bill Belichick when he is really just Josh McDaniels.

Fans and media members know this. Saban does not.

When asked Saturday about how Kiffin did in his first game as Bama’s offensive coordinator, Saban was praiseworthy of Lane’s efforts. Then he decided to go the extra mile in his praise of Lane.

“You know, the guy’s a really good coach,” Saban said in his postgame news conference. Y’all need to fess up to that. Most places that don’t like him is because he left and they were made because he left. They weren’t mad about anything he did while he was there. Just do a little research on that.”

Sorry, Nick, but I think you might have been buried recruiting, watching film and coaching to pay attention to why everyone hates Kiffin.

[Previously: Tennessee fans want to name sewage system after Kiffin]

For starters, many feel Kiffin was privileged because his father, Monte, had a great reputation in the NFL. The guy seemingly got three head coaching jobs despite not having proven success — and each job seemed to be better than the next. He got into a big fight with Al Davis and was accused of being insubordinate. Then he bolted Tennessee after just one season, which showed zero commitment or loyalty to the program and was overall a disrespectful move. Then USC got mad because he brought the program down to sub-par levels and was fired for his crap job as a head coach. The players were happy to see him go. That’s a big reason why Trojans fans don’t like him.

But, hey, keep enjoying him, Nick, and keep talking him up.

Lane Kiffin: Alabama’s running back trio is better than any NFL backfield

Lane KiffinLane Kiffin is extremely excited about the talent he will get to coach this season as offensive coordinator at Alabama. After hearing the comments he made about the Crimson Tide’s backfield earlier this week, some would say the former USC coach is too excited.

On Thursday, Kiffin said Alabama’s offense will be led by its tailbacks. And he thinks they’re all pretty damn good.

“As you guys know extremely well, I think the offense is led by the tailbacks,” Kiffin told those in attendance at the DEX Imaging 20th annual L’Arche Football Preview. “There probably aren’t three more talented tailbacks in the NFL on a roster than we’re fortunate to be able to work with at Alabama.”

Wait, what? Does Kiffin realize that there are countless backup running backs in the NFL who were absolute studs on their college teams? TJ Yeldon will likely carry on the tradition of Alabama running backs being taken in the early rounds of the NFL Draft, but we have to wait and see how second and third stringers Derrick Henry and Kenyon Drake will turn out.

As NFL.com’s Chase Goodbread noted, Nick Saban typically does not allow his assistant coaches to speak to the media. This is probably why.

Vince Vaughn bought Lane Kiffin’s house


Lane Kiffin waved his official goodbye to Southern California back in December when he listed his Manhattan Beach mansion for sale for $6.995 million. Kiffin and his wife recently found a buyer for the property, and some of you may know him. His name is Vince Vaughn.

The LA Times reports that the 44-year-old actor bought Kiffin’s former home for $6.5 million. There was initially some confusion over whether Kiffin would owe USC money for the home because the school loaned him $500K to make the purchase, but it does not appear that was an issue.

Kiffin bought the mansion for $5.5 million in 2012, so his family was able to turn a nice profit. The house is 7,308 square feet and has six bedrooms and seven bathrooms. It also features a swimming pool, spa, outdoor kitchen and guesthouse.

Vaughn, who bought another home in La Canada Flintridge last year for $3.9 million, fancies himself somewhat of a real estate collector. The former USC head coach’s home is a nice property to add to his collection. Here are some more photos:

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Lane Kiffin wearing ‘Duck Dynasty’ hat as an Alabama coach

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Now that he’s an Alabama coach, Lane Kiffin has a Southern image to uphold. And what better way to do that than by rocking a “Duck Dynasty” cap?

Bama got a commitment from Marlon Humphrey, a five-star cornerback recruit from Hoover, Ala., during the week. Humphrey apparently hung out with Kiffin in what appears to be the Alabama football office. Whatever the case, the important thing is that Humphrey shared a photo of himself with Kiffin, the team’s new offensive coordinator, who was wearing a “Duck Dynasty” hat.

So I guess recruits (or their family members) are blowing the cover of Bama coaches these days. Humphrey snags a pic of Kiffin in his “Duck Dynasty” hat, and another recruit’s brother caught Nick Saban doing the electric slide.

H/T @RecruitingAJC
Photo: Twitter/Marlon Humphrey

Lane Kiffin hired as Alabama offensive coordinator

Lane KiffinAlabama has hired Lane Kiffin to be their new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, if you can believe that. The hire was confirmed by Alabama football.

Kiffin, who was fired in late September as USC’s head coach, will be the newest member of Bama’s staff.

The Crimson Tide’s vacancy was created when Doug Nussmeier left to take the same position at Michigan. There was immediate speculation that Kiffin could become the Tide’s new OC because of his relationship with Nick Saban.

Last month, Kiffin came in and served as a consultant for Alabama’s offense as they prepared for their bowl game.

“Lane is a really good offensive coach, and I’ve always had a tremendous amount of respect for him,” Saban said of Kiffin at the time. “Just to come in and brainstorm a little bit to get some professional ideas with our guys is a really positive thing.”

Kiffin went 7-6 in his lone season at Tennessee and was a blocked field goal away from being the only team to defeat Bama that season. He went 28-15 in three and a half seasons at USC.

Kiffin may be best suited to serve strictly as an offensive coordinator rather than a head coach, so this might actually work. The best news for him may be that Saban will likely limit his interactions with the media, allowing him to strictly focus on coaching the offense.