Is Lane Kiffin poised to become a head coach again soon?
It’s possible, and as Sports Illustrated’s Pete Thamel points out in a lengthy analysis about the Alabama offensive coordinator, Kiffin has done plenty to place himself in consideration for prime head-coaching opportunities.
Kiffin has done a masterful job guiding a unit that has helped the Crimson Tide outscore opponents by an average score of 44-15 this season. Alabama is 8-0, and the Crimson Tide were impressive in recent routs of Arkansas, Tennessee and Texas A&M. Challenges await, but another undefeated regular season looks possible for Alabama with LSU, Mississippi State, Chattanooga and Auburn left on the schedule.
Here’s how Thamel describes Kiffin’s situation:
With Alabama favored to go 15–0 and win back-to-back national titles, Kiffin is poised to capture another head coaching job after stints with the Raiders, Tennessee and USC that were as underwhelming as they were controversial. Three years of high production and fewer viral headlines have put Kiffin among the head of the class of coaches who’ve helped themselves the most this season. With a slew of high profile jobs expected to open or already open—LSU, Texas and Oregon among them—there are few obvious candidates beyond Houston coach Tom Herman, this season’s mid-major darling.
That’s a smart take on Kiffin at this time. The current offensive coordinator was underwhelming in his previous head-coaching jobs. But he seems to have grown quite a bit during his time working under coach Nick Saban in Tuscaloosa, Ala. That improved reputation can go a long way if he’s interested in other opportunities this offseason.
The high production and fewer viral headlines, as mentioned by Thamel, are a winning combination for Kiffin. Both developments show discipline and attention to his craft. The Crimson Tide have benefited from his talents.
Kiffin will be worth watching this offseason.