According to Eric Berry, Monte Kiffin was so worried about his personal safety after Junior bailed on Tennessee that he wouldn’t leave his office until all the fires that had been set on campus were put out.
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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.