Lane Kiffin, who coached the Oakland Raiders in 2007 before being fired four games into the 2008 season, is reportedly interviewing for the vacant offensive coordinator post at Alabama.
CBSSports.com’s Jeremy Fowler reported Thursday that Kiffin would be in Tuscaloosa, Ala., to interview, but is not the only candidate to replace Doug Nussmeier, who bolted for the same post at Michigan.
Kiffin, 38, enjoyed a meteoric rise through the coaching ranks in the middle of the last decade. He went from quality control coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2000 to offensive coordinator at USC by 2005. After two years in that job, he was hired as the Raiders head coach at the age of 31.
But things didn’t go well in Oakland. After a 4-12 debut season in 2007, he was fired after a 1-3 start in 2008 and was replaced by Tom Cable, who had been his offensive line coach.
He landed on his feet, replacing longtime Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer. But 2009 was his lone season with the Volunteers; he was hired to replace his former boss, Pete Carroll, at USC when Carroll left to take over the Seattle Seahawks.
Kiffin had to guide the USC program through sanctions stemming from Reggie Bush’s time in Los Angeles, but was fired five games into last season after USC was 3-2 overall and had lost its first two Pac-12 games.
He was 7-6 in his lone season at Tennessee and was 28-15 in three-plus years with the Trojans.
Kiffin’s father, Monte Kiffin, who served as his defensive coordinator at Tennessee and USC, and has coached in college and the NFL for almost 50 years, never as a head coach.