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NCAA FOOTBALL: Alabama hires Kiffin as OC

on January 13, 2014 10:50 AM

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama hired former Southern California coach Lane Kiffin as its offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

Kiffin returns to the Southeastern Conference after head coaching stints with the NFL’s Oakland Raiders, Alabama rival Tennessee and the Trojans. He replaces Doug Nussmeier, who left Alabama for Michigan.

Kiffin spent a week in Tuscaloosa last month exchanging ideas with Saban and his staff and observing Alabama’s offense. Now, he’s the splashiest hire of Saban’s tenure at Alabama, which has won three national titles in the past five seasons.

The 38-year-old Kiffin was 28-15 in three-plus seasons with USC.

He was fired five games into last season from one of college football’s marquee jobs.

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