Lane Kiffin, unemployed since USC unceremoniously dumped him as its coach in late September, immediately jumped to the forefront of coaches on the short list to replace former Alabama offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier.
Nussmeier bolted for the same job at Michigan on Wednesday and Twitter immediately lit up late last night with ideas of Kiffin replacing Nussmeier at Alabama.
Lane Kiffin to Alabama after Doug Nussmeier goes to Michigan? Head is about to explode.
— Jon Cooper (@JonSDS) January 9, 2014
Alabama coach Nick Saban respects Kiffin’s offensive mind, even inviting him to evaluate the Tide’s offense during bowl practices in December.
“Lane is a really good offensive coach, and I’ve always had a tremendous amount of respect for him,” Saban told ESPN last month. “Just to come in and brainstorm a little bit to get some professional ideas with our guys is a really positive thing.”
Let’s face it. Kiffin likely was doing more than evaluating the offense while he was there.
Nussmeier had interviewed for the head coaching job at Washington, and Saban knew he’d likely lose him at some point.
So Kiffin’s visit could have been a de facto interview.
This is a strange bromance, a coaching odd couple. A coamance, if you will.
There’s Saban, the stoic older coach who has more rings than a jewelry store.
And there’s Kiffin, the brash young coach who likes to see his name in the lights and to throw water on grease fires.
A match made in the huddle?
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