Lane Kiffin is back.
The Alabama offensive coordinator shared his first tweet Sunday afternoon following the Crimson Tide’s rout of Tennessee on Saturday. It appears to be a poster of running back Bo Scarbrough sprinting past Volunteers defenders with the final score — 49-10 — highlighted near the words, “DIALED IN.”
— Lane Kiffin (@Lane_Kiffin) October 16, 2016
The message is appropriate. Alabama’s offense was sure dialed in Saturday, and the result proved it.
A quick glance through Kiffin’s recent Twitter history shows that he has showcased similar posters highlighting standout offensive performances with Alabama ties, including two for running back Josh Jacobs on Oct. 3 and Oct. 5, plus one for former Crimson Tide standout Julio Jones on Oct. 5 after the Atlanta Falcons wide receiver totaled 12 catches for 300 yards with one touchdown in a victory over the Carolina Panthers on Oct. 2.
But Kiffin has been known to post curious Tennessee-related items on Twitter. In July, he published a picture of a Tennessee license plate, a move that drew the ire of some Volunteers fans. Kiffin went 7-6 in his lone season as Tennessee’s coach in 2009.
It has been interesting to follow Kiffin since his arrival at Alabama in 2014. He came with some baggage related to his temperament from previous head-coaching stints with the Oakland Raiders, Tennessee and USC. Those were real concerns at the time, and it has been interesting to see Kiffin’s reputation evolve as the years have passed.
In many ways, he has revived his career while working with Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban.
Since assistant coaches at Alabama don’t speak to reporters, Twitter has served as Kiffin’s outlet to share his views about the world. In September, he offered a simple-but-powerful reaction to the Crimson Tide hiring former USC coach Steve Sarkisian as an offensive analyst. Fans continue to be fascinated by what Kiffin thinks about things, even as access to him has become harder to come by during his stint in Tuscaloosa. The interest in Kiffin is one of the more fascinating subplots in the SEC.
After all, how many other assistant coaches in the conference can you name?
Kiffin’s tweet Sunday stands as more proof that there’s continued interest in what he has to share, no matter the topic involving him or his intent when tweeting his perspective to others. That likely won’t change any time soon.