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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

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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.

Could Lane Kiffin be hired as Alabama offensive coordinator?

Lane KiffinDoug Nussmeier is leaving Alabama to serve as Michigan’s new offensive coordinator, leaving the Crimson Tide with a vacancy to fill. At present, we’re not interested in analyzing how and what Nussmeier will do at Michigan. Rather, we’re more excited about who might replace Nussmeier at Bama.

As soon as CBS Sports’ Bruce Feldman reported the Nussmeier news, the first thought for many people was that Lane Kiffin could end up becoming the new Bama OC.

Feldman described Kiffin going to Bama as a “real possibility”:

TideSports.com’s Aaron Suttles said it was “possible”:

Ivan Maisel also raised the possibility:

So why all the speculation about Kiffin to Bama? Kiffin came in and consulted with Bama’s coaching staff last month to help them brainstorm and offer input with the offense. Nick Saban was surprised by all the reaction from people wondering about the move and defended Kiffin.

“Lane is a really good offensive coach and I have a tremendous amount of respect for him,” Saban said via AL.com.

Kiffin may have earned some respect from Saban while coaching Tennessee. In 2009, Kiffin’s Vols played Saban’s then-ranked No. 1 Tide very closely in Tuscaloosa and only lost 12-10. Bama went 14-0 that season, and no team came closer to beating them. Kiffin also jabbed Saban earlier in the year over recruiting because he had hired Bama linebackers coach Lance Thompson.

The other issue is that the Sabanbot is so focused on his program, he doesn’t have much time for current events and probably doesn’t entirely understand how despised Kiffin is throughout the college football world. It would take that kind of obliviousness to overlook Kiffin’s image in favor of his coaching ability.

Lane Kiffin reportedly in Alabama helping Nick Saban with offense

Lane KiffinNick Saban may be one of the greatest coaches in college football history, but that does not mean he’s above seeking help from other coaches — even ones who have more or less embarrassed themselves over the past couple of years. According to ESPN’s Brett McMurphy, Lane Kiffin is in Tuscaloosa this week helping to evaluate Alabama’s offense.

The Tide have scored 38.8 points per game this season, which ranks 17th in the nation. Oklahoma, their upcoming Sugar Bowl opponent, has allowed 21.3 points per game — the 23rd-best average in the country. Does Alabama really need help from a guy who was basically laughed off the USC campus earlier this season?

It should probably be noted that Kiffin became a head coach only because he was once one of the most respected offensive coordinators in college football. His work at USC during the Pete Carroll era produced several Heisman Trophy winners and some video-game numbers. Maybe Saban is hoping Kiffin still has some of that magic in him.

A less likely scenario is that Saban could be considering bringing Kiffin on board as Alabama’s offensive coordinator next season. Current OC Doug Nussmeier has been mentioned as a candidate for several head coaching vacancies. After failed stints as a head coach at Tennessee and USC, Kiffin could benefit from getting back to doing what he does best to repair his reputation. And let’s face it — you never know what Saban is thinking.