And The Replacement For Lane Kiffin Is…
Who will replace Lane Kiffin at Alabama? Honestly no one knows that answer right now. But Staff Writer Phillip Jordan has made some pretty good guesses. Check them out and them let us know what you think in the comments!
This week it was announced that Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin will become the next head football coach for the Florida Atlantic Owls. He will although, continue to be with the team during the playoff run. Now, who replaces him? This will not be as easy as most Alabama fans think. Yes, Nick Saban won championships with other coordinators, but Lane Kiffin is different. He changed Alabama. He changed Nick Saban.
Nick Saban’s Replacement For Lane Kiffin Will Be A Smart Pick
Remember Nick Saban once wanted to get rid of the hurry up-no huddle offenses. Now? Alabama is one of the best at running that style. Lane Kiffin brought that philosophy to the Tuscaloosa.
So who will replace Lane Kiffin? Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman reported early in the week that Alabama will look within the program for a replacement. According to his report Steve Sarkisian (offensive analyst), Mike Locksley (offensive analyst), and Billy Napier (receivers coach).
>So who are these guys?
Sark is the most established coach of the bunch, and it is not even close. Once head coach at Washington (2009-13; 34-29 overall) and USC (2014-15; 12-6) before being fired after five games during the 2015 season due to alcohol related issues. (Credit Wikipedia)
From 2009-2011 Mike Locksley went 2-26 as head coach of the New Mexico Lobos, and was interim head coach at Maryland in 2015 when Randy Edsall was fired there. He went 1-5 as coach. He has coached various other positions at school such as Florida, Illinois, and Army. (Credit Wikipedia)
Became part of the Alabama staff during the 2011 season as offensive analyst. A role that the two names above now have. He left Alabama in 2012 to become Colorado State OC under Jim McElwain. He then returned to Alabama in 2013 to become wide receivers coach, and Napier has held that position ever since. Prior to becoming offensive assistant in 2011, he spent seven seasons at Clemson. This includes two seasons as offensive coordinator (2009/2010). In 2009 Clemson scored a school record 436 points. (Credit Rolltide.com)
So Tide fans who you got? I firmly believe out of these three I would go with Sark, but that would come with risks. Is he mature enough to handle to pressure of being OC for Nick Saban? Time should tell.
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