Lane Kiffin didn’t have the most success as a head coach in the past, but he’s certainly done a tremendous job serving as Alabama’s offensive coordinator.
He has the Crimson Tide’s offense rolling, as the top-ranked team in the nation has powered their way to an 8-0 start. Kiffin has immediately made true freshman quarterback Jalen Hurts a top dual-threat playmaker.
On Wednesday, ESPN.com’s Adam Rittenberg took a look at whether this could be the offseason when Kiffin returns to the head coaching ranks. Kiffin went 5-15 as the head coach of the Oakland Raiders. He went 7-6 in one season at Tennesssee in 2009, then 28-15 in four years at USC.
Kiffin was fired by the Trojans early in the 2013 season.
Rittenberg listed the top four potential landing spots for Kiffin as follows: Fresno State, South Florida, Houston and Georgia Tech.
However, Rittenberg talked with agents and athletic directors about what hesitations a school may have about bringing in Kiffin as its head coach. From what they said, that appears to be his maturity.
“At some point,” a Power 5 athletic director told Rittenberg, “he’s going to have to convince an AD that he’s learned and grown from his experience and the mistakes he’s made. Is that possible? Potentially.”
An agent told Rittenberg that he believes Kiffin needs to go somewhere less in the spotlight. That certainly wasn’t the case in his first three stints, as Oakland, Tennessee and USC all had big markets.