Three of Nick Saban’s Alabama assistants have been thrown around the coaching rumor mill this season, but offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin took a big step toward leaving this week.
The 40-year-old interviewed for Maryland’s head coaching vacancy, according to a report from 247Sports.com‘s Jeff Ermann.
Kiffin arrived at Alabama in 2014 to coordinate the offense and coach quarterbacks.
A former quarterback at Fresno State (1994-1996), Kiffin began his coaching career as an assistant with the Bulldogs before rising through the college ranks.
In 2007, he left his offensive coordinator position at USC to become the head coach of the NFL’s Oakland Raiders. Kiffin went 5-15 to begin his pro career before late Raiders owner Al Davis fired him over the telephone.
He took the head coaching job at Tennessee in 2009, then left after one year to take the same position at USC. The Trojans fired Kiffin in September 2013 on the tarmac of LAX following a 61-42 road loss to ASU, less than a month into his fourth season.
Alabama coach Nick Saban hired Kiffin last year, and the Crimson Tide proceeded to score 36.9 points per game (16th-best out of 128 FBS teams) while making an appearance in the inaugural College Football Playoffs.