Lane Kiffin, still a dick.
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For more than one reason, I am so down with this train of thought.
As he continues to reshape his image in Tuscaloosa, it feels like only a matter of time until Kiffin gets the call he’s looking for. After all, every radioactive element has a half-life; maybe we’ve reached Kiffin’s.
Saban will turn 65 years old this season and with his longtime defensive coordinator Kirby Smart now the head coach at Georgia, it’s unclear who Alabama would turn to in the event of his retirement. Former offensive coordinator Jim McElwain was a fan favorite after leading Colorado State to back-to-back bowl games in 2013-14, but now he’s at Florida for the foreseeable future. So does that leave Kiffin as the in-house candidate to replace Saban? If not now, then what about a few years from now, when he’s fully in tune with Saban’s process?
Junior as Saban’s successor? One can only hope.
I think PAWWWLLL should start pushing this immediately. Maybe a Herbstreit tweet is in order, too.
Run with this, WWL peeps. The world needs the Laner in Tuscaloosa.
It’s Alabama versus Clemson next Monday… week. Thanks, ESPN.
- Given the lopsided nature of both games yesterday, did the selection committee get things wrong, or is 2015 simply a season for which the old BCS format was better suited?
- Yeah, Deshaun Watson is quite a player, but I came away from that game really impressed with the Clemson defense. Hard to believe that’s some of the same bunch Georgia ran roughshod over just a couple of years ago.
- Giving the devil his due, I was also impressed with the job Junior’s done as a position coach (even if I’m still not swooning over his playcalling). One of the best defenses in the country schemed to make Jake Coker beat it, and Jake Coker did. Can anyone imagine saying the same thing about, say, Greyson Lambert?
- And for those out there who argue that recruiting rankings are overrated, that they’d rather have a team full of motivated three-star kids than whatever, last night’s Cotton Bowl pretty much showed differently. Sure, you’d better be able to coach ’em, and motivation matters, but domination still begins with having more of the Jimmies and Joes than the other team does.
Oh, and let me finish with this bit of snark.
Yeah, he said this about Junior:
“I can tell you for sure he’s not thinking about the next head job…”
I don’t care who you root for, that’s some funny stuff there.
I know this is one of those seemingly endless things ESPN does to fill bandwidth during a long offseason, but, damn, Alex Scarborough, do you really have to write a tongue bath like this?
Lane Kiffin magic: He loses a Heisman Trophy finalist at receiver, a two-year starter at running back and a record-breaking QB, but does anyone doubt that Lane Kiffin will make it work? He still has a veteran center in Ryan Kelly, a mammoth running back in Derrick Henry, and a promising group of receivers, headlined by ArDarius Stewart and Robert Foster. With O.J. Howard at tight end and Mr. Everything Kenyan Drake back at running back/receiver, Kiffin will have plenty of weapons to play with. And when it comes to who starts at quarterback, just trust that it will work out, whether it’s Jake Coker, David Cornwell or another candidate. If Kiffin could turn former scout team QB/wide receiver Blake Sims into a record-setter then he deserves the benefit of the doubt.
One could argue it was Amari Cooper, not Junior, who turned Blake Sims into a record-setter, but setting that aside, when did Kiffin’s offensive magic become a no-brainer? It sure wasn’t there in his waning days at Southern Cal, which managed to coincide with a dwindling talent base due to the NCAA sanctions. And even directing an Alabama offense that wasn’t talent starved, it’s not as if the Tide generated a performance on that side of the ball commensurate with all those vaunted recruiting classes: sixteenth in scoring offense and eighteenth in total offense are certainly well above-average, but how many of the offenses that finished more prolifically than did Junior’s outdo Alabama in talent?
Last season, Amari Cooper wasn’t promising. He was the best wideout in college football and he’s gone. Coker, who couldn’t beat out Sims for the starting QB job last year despite being anointed as a Heisman finalist by much of the media in the preseason, is neck and neck in a fight for the starting job again, so what does that say about who will direct Kiffin’s attack?
It’s not like I’m counting on Alabama’s offense disappearing this season. There’s way too much talent there for that to happen. But pardon me if I wait to see how Albert Einstein… er, Lane Kiffin does directing traffic in 2015. If ‘Bama kicks ass, then maybe we can start talking about giving the Laner the benefit of the doubt.
The document dump in the Todd McNair defamation suit against the NCAA has generated the shitstorm anyone who’s watched the NCAA desperately try to prevent the information from being released in public predicted was coming. There’s plenty of damning information…
•Also in a memo, Uphoff went to great lengths to compare the Bush case to the Oklahoma City bombing trial. Uphoff was attempting to show how witnesses’ credibility could be attacked by challenging the weight given to hearsay.
“This evidence in this [Bush] case is, for example, [is] markedly stronger than in the OKC bombing case which was built entirely on circumstantial evidence,” Uphoff wrote. “In fact, there was no direct evidence that [Terry] Nichols was ever involved in the bombing plot.”
•Howard added in correspondence to committee members: “McNair should have all inferences negatively inferred against him … we need not say why we disbelieve him, we only need to let the public, or whomever, know that we do disbelieve him.”
Lawyers for McNair argued in their lawsuit that the lengthy messages by Uphoff and Howard were intentionally sent to voting infraction committee members in violation of the NCAA’s procedures to influence them in their decision. Howard had just joined the infractions committee but was supposed to only be observing the USC case. Neither had voting rights to decide the case.
•Infractions committee member Eleanor Myers admitted to a “botched interview” in which investigators got the year of a key phone call wrong between McNair and former agent wanna-be Lloyd Lake. That contention had been a key part of McNair’s appeal to the NCAA, which was rejected.
… but the funniest stuff has to be the bridge too far – Junior.
The emails, among nearly 500 pages of documents filed in the case Tuesday that were obtained by the Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/1HA4eCv), include members of the NCAA infractions committee deriding the school for hiring back as its head coach former assistant Lane Kiffin, who had been an offensive coordinator for coach Pete Carroll during the Bush period that led to school sanctions.
“USC has responded to its problems by bringing in Lane Kiffin,” committee member Rodney Uphoff wrote in an undated memo to other members of the committee. “They need a wake-up call that doing things the wrong way will have serious consequences.”
Another committee member expressed similar sentiments about Kiffin in an email dated March 2010, after Kiffin had returned to lead USC after stints as head coach of Tennessee and the NFL’s Oakland Raiders.
“Lack of institutional control … (and do we add the hiring of Lane Kiffin?), is a very easy call for me,” committee member Roscoe Howard wrote.
I wonder if the committee has any misgivings about Nick Saban now. You can bet if the members do, they haven’t put those in writing.