Lane Kiffin. You all remember this guy right? He had some success as offensive coordinator at USC, a horrific run with the Oakland Raiders in the NFL, one unmemorable season at Tennessee, and then a controversial stint as head coach at his first job with the Trojans. In January 2014 he was hired back into the SEC by Alabama as their offensive coordinator. He helped lead the team to 12-1 record and the team’s second SEC title in three years.
All that success seems to be for naught as he is the only Crimson Tide assistant coach not to receive a pay raise.
According to College Football Talk, Kiffin watched as every returning Alabama assistant coach got extended contracts along with a pay raise. Kirby Smart, defensive coordinator for the Tide, received a $150,000 pay raise and will earn $1.5 million in the 2015 season, which makes him the second-highest paid coordinator in college football behind Virginia Tech’s Bud Foster.
Kiffin signed a three-year deal in June of last year that pays him $680,000 in 2014 and 2015 with a jump to %714,000 in 2016. It still isn’t a bad pay day for Kiffin. I’d kill to make that much coaching football, but it still can’t feel good, especially knowing the reason for him not receiving a new contract.
“Due to his former relationship with USC, Kiffin is in a unique situation that does not require an amendment to his original contract with UA,” the university wrote in a statement to al.com.
This is a more professional and, let’s face it, nicer way of the university saying, “We are covering our ass in case he starts to suck again or he pulls the same crap he did on Tennessee to go back to SoCal.”
Hey, at least Kiffin gets mistaked for Daniel Tosh a lot. That has to be a positive thing right?
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