Alabama hires Lane Kiffin as offensive coordinator

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Former Oakland Raiders and USC coach Lane Kiffin has been hired by Alabama coach Nick Saban as offensive coordinator, signed to a three-year contract.

Kiffin and Saban have the same agent: Jimmy Sexton.

“We are excited to have Lane join our staff,” Saban said in a statement. “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.”

Kiffin, 38, was fired by USC in September, going 28-15 overall.

Kiffin was 5-15 with the Raiders.

He was at Tennessee, going 7-6 prior to going to USC.

He replaces Doug Nussmeier, the new offensive coordinator at Michigan.

The Trojans averaged 49.1 points and 579.8 total yards per game when Kiffin was offensive coordinator.

“I've always had the utmost respect for what Coach Saban has done with his programs,” Kiffin said in a statement. “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.”

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