Alabama offensive coordinator Kiffin returning for 2nd year
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Lane Kiffin says he's coming back to Alabama for a second season as offensive coordinator.
Kiffin had reportedly been a candidate to become offensive coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers.
He and coach Nick Saban issued statements announcing the news. Kiffin says he wanted "to reaffirm my commitment to the University of Alabama, coach Saban, and our team."
The former head coach of the Oakland Raiders, Southern California and Tennessee led Alabama to a school-record for total yards in his first season with a new quarterback in Blake Sims. Alabama lost to Ohio State in a national semifinal game.
Kiffin and Saban initially seemed like a potentially combustible pairing. Saban calls him "one of the finest offensive coaches in the country." He says he wants Kiffin to continue developing to when he does leave "he'll be in a very good situation."