Tuscaloosa, Ala. – News is spreading quickly as The University of Alabama announces that Offensive Coordinator Lane Kiffin is out, effective immediately. Below is more information on the transition from Alabama Athletics Communications.
“We appreciate all that Lane has done for our football program over the last three years,” Alabama head coach Nick Saban said. “We sat down following the Washington game and talked about the time demands of managing both jobs, and we recognized that it is best for our players, and for Lane, that we allow him to turn his full attention to his new head coaching role at FAU.
“This wasn’t an easy decision and we appreciate the way Lane handled this in terms of doing what is best for our team. At the end of the day, both of us wanted to put our players in the best position to be successful. Obviously, we are in a unique situation here where we have our next offensive coordinator already on staff. We have full confidence that Sark will step in right away and make this a smooth transition.”
“After going through these last couple of weeks, trying to serve the best interests of two universities as an offensive coordinator and a head coach, it became apparent that both programs would be better served by me giving all my time and efforts to being the head coach at FAU,” said Kiffin. “After meeting with Coach Saban during preparations last night and this morning, we mutually decided that it was in everyone’s best interests for the players and the program for Coach Sarkisian to take over all responsibilities as offensive coordinator for the championship game. This was a very difficult decision, but it’s a decision made in the best interests of the program. I look forward to helping Alabama win another championship, and would like to thank Coach Saban, the staff, and all the players and fans for the past three years at UA for an unforgettable time and championship run. Roll Tide!”
On the Finebaum Show this afternoon, Kiffin said, “I think I thought it would be easier than it was.” Kiffin said, “It’s the best thing for the players at this time for Sark to call this game.” Kiffin went on to say, “Sark may give us the best chance to win this game and I’ll do everything I can to assist that.” When asked about his time at Alabama, Kiffin responded, “Awesome. It’s really been an awesome run.” Kiffin’s final comment was, “Roll Tide.” Many have said that Coach Kiffin was gracious in his interview and I agree.
This move is certainly for the best as Coach Kiffin has been in the unique position of trying to work for two programs. Coach Saban has said it was time. Coach Kiffin has said it was time. It was time. I wish Coach Lane Kiffin all the best as he takes his new position as the head coach at FAU. It was the right move for all involved, but especially for the Alabama Crimson Tide. You can “Mark It Down”.