|Gaze upon your new OC, Ye Bama fans, and despair.|
If you hoping Nick Saban would name someone other than former USC and Tennessee Lane Kiffin as his new offensive coordinator, then you're out of luck. Alabama has officially announced that Kiffin has been hired as Saban's new OC. He replaces Doug Nussmeier, who left to become OC for Michigan.
Saban had this to say in the statement released by the school.
"We are excited to have Lane join our staff," said Saban. "He is an outstanding and creative offensive coach who has great experience both at the college and NFL level. He has a very good understanding of the game and I have always been impressed with what I saw in the games he called. He coaches with a great deal of passion and enthusiasm, and also does an excellent job as a teacher. Lane will be an outstanding addition to our coaching staff and we look forward to him and his family joining us at the University of Alabama."
The announcement also had this statement from Kiffin.
"We want to thank the University of Alabama and Coach Saban for this tremendous opportunity, and we feel humbled and honored to be a part of the Crimson Tide family," said Kiffin. "I've always had the utmost respect for what Coach Saban has done with his programs. Having the unique opportunity to be here last month, I was able to meet some of the great players and the great people in the organization, and I'm very excited to start working with them. We've seen the passion and support of the Alabama fans firsthand, and when that's combined with the storied history and tradition of the program, this is a very special place to coach."
It is going to be an interesting time in the history of Crimson Tide Football with Kiffin on board Nick Saban's coaching staff. It's even going to be even more interesting when Alabama visits Knoxville to face Tennessee next season.