Lane Kiffin

A gutsy play-caller who isn’t afraid to spar with other coaches, the former Fresno St. quarterback teamed up with Nick Saban at Alabama in Jan. 2014 in hopes of bringing a faster tempo to the Crimson Tide’s offense. Kiffin spent six seasons on Pete Carroll’s staff at Southern California before becoming a first-year head coach in 2007 with the Oakland Raiders — the NFL’s youngest head coach in the modern era (31).

When Kiffin’s NFL coaching career soon fizzled, he inherited Phillip Fulmer’s mess in Knoxville as Tennessee’s head coach in 2008 and paced the Vols to a second-place finish in the SEC East. That’s when USC came calling about its head coach opening following Carroll’s departure to the Seattle Seahawks. In three seasons, Kiffin’s Trojans won 25 games, but it wasn’t enough to appease athletic director Pat Haden after a 7-6 finish in 2012.

Coaching History Team Years
Offensive Coordinator Alabama Crimson Tide 2014-Present
Head Coach USC Trojans 2010-2013
Head Coach Tennessee Volunteers 2009
Head Coach Oakland Raiders 2007-2008
Offensive Coordinator USC Trojans 2005-2006
Wide Receivers Coach USC Trojans 2002-2004
Tight Ends Coach USC Trojans 2001
Offensive Quality Control Coach Jacksonville Jaguars 2000
Offensive Line Coach Colorado State Rams 1999
Assistant Coach Fresno State 1997-98
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