Lane Kiffin

Offensive Coordinator, Quarterbacks, Alabama Crimson Tide

Alabama’s offensive coordinator whose head coaching stops include the Oakland Raiders, Southern California and Tennessee.

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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Dec 13, 2016; Boca Raton, FL, USA; Florida Atlantic Owls head coach Lane Kiffin speaks to the media at FAU Football Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
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Mar 4, 2017; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide tight end O.J. Howard goes through workout drills during the 2017 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
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Sep 24, 2016; Bowling Green, KY, USA; Vanderbilt Commodores running back Ralph Webb (7) rushes for a touchdown against the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers during the first half at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports
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Dec 13, 2016; Boca Raton, FL, USA; Florida Atlantic Owls head coach Lane Kiffin speaks to the media at FAU Football Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
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Dec 3, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban claps during the first quarter of the SEC Championship college football game against the Florida Gators at Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports
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Oct 22, 2016; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban talks with offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin before their game against the Texas A&M Aggies at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports
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Dec 3, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban speaks to the press after the SEC Championship college football game against the Florida Gators at Georgia Dome. Alabama Crimson Tide won 54-16. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
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NCAA Football: Alabama-Spring Game
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