Alabama’s success on offense has thrust Lane Kiffin’s name back into head coaching consideration.
Which now begs the questions: Where could the third-year Alabama offensive coordinator land?
USA Today college football writers Dan Wolken and George Schroeder discussed the topic on Friday’s “The Football Four” podcast.
Wolken pointed out the nature of speculation as none of the jobs are currently open, but said that the school “most likely” where Lane Kiffin lands is West Virginia.
“That is just good enough a job and the kind of place maybe you think you can go in there, they have a reputation for offense,” Schroeder said in response to the Mountaineers.
Shane Lyons was also hired as the school’s athletic director in January 2015 after serving as Alabama’s deputy athletic director from 2011-14, and is familiar with the Crimson Tide offensive coordinators.
The writers were in agreement that Kiffin isn’t going to take just any Power Five head coaching job that comes his way. With Mark Stoops on the hot seat, Kentucky was brought up, but not for long.
“There are some jobs that may come available that he may be able to go after and take that he won’t go after and take,” Schroeder said. “For example, let’s say mark Stoops doesn’t make it at Kentucky. I don’t think Lane Kiffin takes that job because I think he’s convinced that he can hold out for better.”
While Kiffin is a popular choice to become a head coach at a Power Five school, there is some unknown when it comes to hiring him. After a year at Tennessee and three seasons at Southern Cal, Kiffin amassed as 35-21 combined record as the lead man.
The USA Today writers also questioned Kiffin’s maturity, leading Schroeder to ask: “If somebody knows Lane Kiffin, is that a good thing?
“Kiffin has to demonstrate in any of these searches that he has his act together off the field,” Schroeder said. That’s the biggest negative to hiring Lane Kiffin. That he is mature enough in every way, on the field and off the field, to handle running a program, which he was not at Southern Cal.
“The football side, I think people that have become convinced again that he is a very good coach that can help your program on the field. We know he is going to be able to recruit because he has always done that well. It’s does he have his act together? If Nick Saban says he does and there is a reasonable belief that he does, he is going to get a Power Five job.”
Other potential landing spots listed in Wolken’s Friday column:
- North Carolina State
- San Diego State
- Fresno State
- Auburn (His rationale was, “No way, right?”)