Lane Kiffin has held three high profile head coaching jobs over the years with the Oakland Raiders, Tennessee Volunteers and USC Trojans.
He hasn’t been able to keep any of them. Now after helping Alabama to a national championship last season as the offensive coordinator and the Crimson Tide sitting at No. 1 again, he could land another head coaching position. FOX Sports columnist Stewart Mandel thinks it could happen as early as this upcoming offseason:
“The head coach is a public ambassador for his program, and Kiffin has repeatedly demonstrated in public that he can’t get out of his own way.
But make no mistake, he’s going to get another head coaching job, likely after this season. Alabama keeps winning, and CBS keeps showing him on the sideline. His ability to get Jalen Hurts playing at such a high level as a true freshman becomes another line on his resume.”
Another national title would go a long way as well toward another head coaching job. Mandel offered one suggestion as a possible landing spot.
Fresno State, his alma mater, is 1-6 and all but certain to fire Tim DeRuyter. It would be the perfect low-profile job at a program where he can win, further restore his image and possibly springboard back to the Pac-12 in a few more years.
Kiffin went 7-6 in his only season as head coach at Tennessee in 2009. He finished his time at USC 28-15. He has never won a bowl game as a head coach with losses in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl with the Volunteers and a loss in the Sun Bowl for the Trojans.