Nick Saban: Kiffin ‘absolutely’ deserves to be a head coach again

On Friday, it became clear that Lane Kiffin already head one foot out the door in Tuscaloosa.

Reports have surfaced that the SEC Championship on Saturday will be Kiffin’s final game as Alabama Crimson Tide offensive coordinator, while other reports indicate he will interview for the Houston Cougars head coaching job.

Throughout all of the news to surface today, there was one nugget that Alabama head coach Nick Saban was pushing Kiffin towards the Houston job.

Sure, it would make sense for Saban to want Kiffin out of the conference if he is going to coach elsewhere, but the Crimson Tide’s leading man is also stumping for his top assistant to receive a head coaching job elsewhere, saying Kiffin is “absolutely” deserving.

“Absolutely [Kiffin deserves to be a coach again],” Saban said, via Marq Burnett of SEC Country. “I think he’s proven when he was a head coach, he had a reasonably good amount of success. Much more than I think he gets credit for.

“He’s done a phenomenal job in the three years that he’s been with us, relative to taking the players that we’ve had and actually molding a system, especially for the quarterback to be successful in. I think those are signs of tremendous maturity of a coach who is not just committed to a system, but committed to doing the things that he has to do to help players be successful.”

If Kiffin does not get the Houston job, he is reportedly set to join his good friend Ed Orgeron as the new offensive coordinator at LSU.

We should learn where Kiffin will land next in the coming days.

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