Despite reports that Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin would move on from his current gig and accept a job with an NFL team, Kiffin made it clear Saturday that he intends to return to the Crimson Tide even with offers from professional teams in the balance.
The former Oakland Raiders head coach has no aspirations of rejoining the NFL ranks and will continue his deal with the Tide in hopes of winning the program’s seventh National Championship in 2015.
“We’re very pleased and happy that Lane is going to be staying here at the University of Alabama with us,” coach Nick Saban said in a statement released on Twitter. “He’s done a fabulous job and is one of the finest offensive coaches in the country. He is going to have plenty of opportunities in the future and we want to continue to help him develop as a coach so when he leaves here, he’ll be in a very good situation. Our offense was extremely productive last season and we look forward to building on some of the good things we did on that side of the ball with this year’s team.”
In the 2014-15 season, Kiffin led the Alabama offense to 36.9 points per game among the top even without an elite quarterback. Blake Sims underwent serious growing plans throughout much of the season, but Kiffin was able to mold the quarterback and guide the squad into the first-ever College Football Playoff.
“I made a comment at the [Allstate] Sugar Bowl that I would be back this fall at Alabama and that is definitely the plan,” Kiffin said. “This time of year, there are lots of things out there regarding other coaching opportunities, but I want to reaffirm my commitment to the University of Alabama, coach Saban, and our team.”
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