ESPN: Saban invites Kiffin to share ideas on Alabama's offense

Tennessee head coach Lane Kiffin leaves the field after shaking hands with Alabama head coach Nick Saban at Bryant Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa on Saturday, Oct. 224, 2009. UT lost the game 12-10.

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Tennessee head coach Lane Kiffin leaves the field after shaking hands with Alabama head coach Nick Saban at Bryant Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa on Saturday, Oct. 224, 2009. UT lost the game 12-10.

As if there weren't enough reasons already for Tennessee fans to loathe Alabama coach Nick Saban, news has come out that he has sought out input from one of the rare coaches Vols fans might actually hate more than him: Lane Kiffin.

Kiffin, whose headlined-filled year as UT's head coach ended with a late-night departure for Southern Cal and gathering storm clouds from the NCAA in its wake, has been tapped by Saban to bring ideas to the Crimson Tide's offense, according to ESPN's Brett McMurphy.

While his overall record as a college head coach is 35-21 between his season with the Vols and the last three with the Trojans, Kiffin is often seen by his coaching peers as having one of the best offensive minds in the game.

The stop in Tuscaloosa, which ESPN's source said was "to share ideas and exchange ideas and (for) professional development" is one of many stops Kiffin has made this offseason, in an apparent attempt to improve his head coaching abilities.

The full ESPN story can be seen here: Lane Kiffin to assess Tide

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BrassMonkey writes:

Good move by Saban. He can siphon off some recruits that Kiff had at USC and also re-invent his offense. Too bad UT does not have a team that constantly improves. In football and basketball we deteriorate every year over the course of the season. 4 losing seasons in a row is enough to make me sick.

Dickattrade writes:

Maybe Kiffir boy should hang around Austin a few days. Might pick up an interview for a vacant coaching job there.
I am sure Satan would give him high marks.

IndianOutlaw writes:

Don't care for Kiffin or his dad as human beings. But you get paid to win games not be nice guys. Fact is 1 winning season 7-6 in the last 6 years and Kiffin's name is assigned to it. Sad, Really Sad

WaitUntilNextYear writes:

The Devil and Junior Squirrel Kiffboy! Wow, the mullet heads should be excited about that. Maybe lost Monte can join them after his defense sets the record for most yards allowed in one season in the NFL. Also, you have Duffous that will be unemployed again for his pathetic coaching of the CowJones receivers. He does look cute with his scraggly beard. Must not be able to afford a razor with his Hamilton 7.5 Million debacle.

tn10 writes:

The gift of Mike Hamilton keeps giving!

FWBVol writes:

in response to IndianOutlaw:

Don't care for Kiffin or his dad as human beings. But you get paid to win games not be nice guys. Fact is 1 winning season 7-6 in the last 6 years and Kiffin's name is assigned to it. Sad, Really Sad

The fact is Fulmer probably wouldn't have had a losing season his final year if Mike Hamilton hadn't fired him prior to the Wyoming game in 2008. Fact, almost none of the highly ranked Kiffin recruits ever panned out at UT and the Vols have been struggling to get back up to speed ever since.

The fact is you need several years to establish whether someone is a good coach or not. I really think Phillip Fulmer could have gone 7-6 in 2009. Sometimes you get a bump with a new coach so I won't give Kiffin too much credit for his one season that we were one game over .500.

Slats writes:

Birds of a feather flock together! Peat & Repeat! Dumb & Dumber!

These two have the same Morals. None!!

murrayvol writes:

in response to FWBVol:

The fact is Fulmer probably wouldn't have had a losing season his final year if Mike Hamilton hadn't fired him prior to the Wyoming game in 2008. Fact, almost none of the highly ranked Kiffin recruits ever panned out at UT and the Vols have been struggling to get back up to speed ever since.

The fact is you need several years to establish whether someone is a good coach or not. I really think Phillip Fulmer could have gone 7-6 in 2009. Sometimes you get a bump with a new coach so I won't give Kiffin too much credit for his one season that we were one game over .500.

I don't give Kiffin too much credit for anything beyond nailing the interview.

I would think by now the bloom would be off his offensive rose. Guess not.

bUTch__please writes:

Who was the source for this ESPN article? The Onion?

Nothing about it makes sense. Kiffin opened every game at USC with a pass to the tight end. Every game. He was fired for an offense that flat-lined in the Pac-12.

This has got to be a publicity stunt of sorts, he wiggles an invite to visit a program then spins it as a "meeting of the minds" to give him the appearance of being relevant.

Why Saban would even have Kiffins name anywhere near his program is mind-boggling. This makes no sense...unless...Smart is off to Texas and Saban is talking to candidates...oh my....one can only hope.

atnvol#283282 writes:

I think this story is ridiculous in stating that Tennessee fans hate Saban. I think most Tennessee fans respect Saban. He might not be socially inclined, but he is the very best Division 1 coach in college football year in and year out. Now, Tennessee fans and people in general may detest Alabama fans, but that is not to be confused with hating Nick Saban. Kiffin...well, that's a whole different deal...but Saban evidently saw something in Kiffin's offensive schemes that he felt could be advantageous for him...especially taking into account the new kid on the block...Malzahn.

snowpeapod#263184 writes:

Why would Tennessee fans loathe Saban for bringing in a two time loser to discus anything? The guy has only had 3 headcoaching jobs, 2 of which he was fired and departing the 3rd like a thief in the night. If anything, I look at it as a positive for Tennessee.

murrayvol writes:

in response to bUTch__please:

Who was the source for this ESPN article? The Onion?

Nothing about it makes sense. Kiffin opened every game at USC with a pass to the tight end. Every game. He was fired for an offense that flat-lined in the Pac-12.

This has got to be a publicity stunt of sorts, he wiggles an invite to visit a program then spins it as a "meeting of the minds" to give him the appearance of being relevant.

Why Saban would even have Kiffins name anywhere near his program is mind-boggling. This makes no sense...unless...Smart is off to Texas and Saban is talking to candidates...oh my....one can only hope.

Your last paragraph is hilarious....but we can still hope.

Kiffin reminds me of a couple of coonhunters I knew growing up in E. Tennessee. The dogs would strike a coon and before long those guys would be running ahead of the hounds. The basterd didn't think he had to learn his trade before jumping into the fire. Maybe he will someday....but I doubt it.

Volborn writes:

Kiffin destroyed 3 football programs in 5 years. Hopefully, he can tear another one down. This is probably a Jimmy Sexton ploy to get Kiff yet another coaching job handed to him. Dear Kiffy, please stay in Tuscaloosa.

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