I don’t always write about Alabama football, but when I do, it involves something about the USC football team.
A few moments ago, news broke out that Alabama’s offensive coordinator, Doug Nussmeier agreed to become the new offensive coordinator for the Michigan Wolverines.
In addition to AJ McCarron no longer being the quarterback for the Alabama Crimson Tide football team next seasons, things will be a bit different for Alabama on the offensive side of the football.
Nussmeier has been the offensive coordinator for Alabama the past two seasons where the Crimson Tide averaged 38.2 points per game and ranked 18th in scoring offense.
Alabama has been one of the top college football programs in the last decade or so. In the past 8 seasons, under head coach Nick Saban, the Crimson tide went 74-15 and won three BCS National Championships (2009, 2011, 2012).
In order to maintain the success his program has seen, Saban must make a wise choice on who is next offensive coordinator will be.
During their preparation for the Sugar Bowl a few weeks ago, Saban invited Lane Kiffin, the recently fired head coach of the USC football team to watch practice and exchange ideas for Alabama’s offense. After Kiffin’s visit, Saban told the media, “Lane is a really good offensive coach and I have a tremendous amount of respect for him. Just to come in and brainstorm a little bit, get some professional ideas with our guys, is a real positive thing”.
So will Lane Kiffin be Alabama’s next offensive coordinator? It’s very likely.
Kiffin, who was fired five games into the 2013 season, got involved in the college football scene at a young age. He was the Trojans’ offensive coordinator under Pete Carroll from 2005-2006 before being the head coach of the Oakland Raiders. He was also a college football head coach at Tennessee and USC.
After being upset by Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl, Alabama needs to come back strong next season and prove its college football dominance. With a new quarterback taking over under center, Saban needs an offensive coordinator who has proven himself in the college football scene and will be able to develop and maintain a strong offense.
Although many may think otherwise, Lane Kiffin is a proven offensive mind and a great college football coach. In his time at USC, he struggled, but a lot of that can be attributed to the sanctions in scholarships and major injuries to key players. It’s no time to make excuses, but Kiffin will be a great fit in Alabama alongside Nick Saban. Saban can be a mentor for Kiffin as he revives himself from his recent woes and proves to USC fans and college football fans that he is indeed an incredible offensive mind.
Will Kiffin head back to the SEC? Only time will tell.
He may not have been the best head coach in Oakland or Tennessee or Southern California, but as USC’s offensive coordinator, he helped lead USC to a 23-3 win-loss record– an 88% win percentage. Now, that’s impressive!