In a surprising announcement Monday, Alabama announced that Lane Kiffin will not coach the offense for the defending champions against Clemson. Kiffin had already accepted the head coach position at Florida Atlantic University, but according to Nick Saban, it was “mutually agreed” that Steve Sarkasian take over the responsibilities.
Not shocked Nick Saban has made this move now.. Heard there was LOTS of drama inside the #Alabama program with Lane Kiffin in the past week.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) January 2, 2017
Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin gets a $196,000 for his team being in this game. He gets another $28,000 if they win.
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) December 31, 2016
Lane Kiffin Achievement Unlocked: Get fired from a job you've already quit
— Rodger Sherman (@rodger_sherman) January 2, 2017
Sarkasian is most famous for coaching USC, only to be asked to leave after showing up at the school intoxicated. Ironically Sarkasian replaced Lane Kiffin at that time as well, and went 12-6 during his tenure as Trojans coach. Prior to his tenure at Southern Cal, he led Washington to a 34-29 record from 2009 to 2003.
The situation he is put in with a week to prepare against Clemson is perhaps the biggest no-win in history.
If the Tide’s offense sputters against a formindable foe in Clemson, and the Tigers pull off the upset, Sarkasian will be given the blame. Should the offense play better than expected, and Alabama win, it is no better than what the predecessor (Kiffin) did.