It’s still somewhat shocking to see that Lane Kiffin is the head coach at Florida Atlantic. He was once considered the up-and-coming young college coach, but he certainly has bounced around a bit of late. He seemed to fit in nicely in Alabama, coaching the offense for Nick Saban, but Florida Atlantic hired him a few weeks ago.
Because of his new gig, Kiffin will not be on the sidelines for the Crimson Tide next Monday when they take on Clemson for the National Championship. Frankly, that makes sense. I mean, how can the head coach of a school be coaching another school? It always makes you wonder why these coaching moves happen as early as they do.
Kiffin has already accepted the head-coaching job at Florida Atlantic University, but he was expected to continue at Alabama through the end of the season. Alabama coach Nick Saban said Steve Sarkisian, who had already been named Kiffin’s successor, will be in charge of Alabama’s game plan for the championship game.
“We made the decision because it was in the best interest of our players, our program and for Lane for him to assume his duties at Florida Atlantic,” Saban told ESPN on Monday. “We mutually agreed that this was best for both programs.”