LSU is reportedly interested in throwing a boatload of money at Lane Kiffin to lure him to Baton Rouge and serve as offensive coordinator under Ed Orgeron, but there’s just one problem: Wouldn’t Alabama match any offer LSU makes? Especially if it means preventing a coordinator from going to a heated rival and divisional foe?
“You know, I bet Nick Saban wouldn’t mind beating Lane Kiffin head-to-head if it came to that,” SEC on CBS Host Adam Zucker said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “Kiffin and Orgeron have a relationship going back to their USC and Tennessee days. Some say that the relationship has tired and you’ve got Steve Sarkisian in the Mike Locksley room, where they get these former coaches who have run into dead ends elsewhere or run into trouble elsewhere and they’ve revitalized their careers via Nick Saban. In some ways, it’s like a Harvard grad school for coaches, and in some ways it’s almost like a halfway house for coaches who have run afoul of the NCAA.”
That includes Tosh Lupoi, who was accused of recruiting violations while an assistant at Washington.
“(He) was cleared of any wrongdoing but couldn’t get a job,” Zucker said. “He came and worked for Nick Saban. He’s the guy coaching the outside linebackers. He’s doing a magnificent job. Saban’s got all these guys who were dominating that Pac-12. They were Pete Carroll disciples, and so they’re all kind of tied together the same way Kiffin is tied to Orgeron. They can move Sarkisian up into the offensive coordinator role. Kiffin is already making a boatload to be the offensive coordinator at Alabama, so it wouldn’t surprise me if he ends up leaving. I would actually be surprised if Nick Saban tried like crazy to keep him. He kind of lets the birds fly after a while. (His attitude is), ‘Please, go. Good luck. And good luck when you face me down the road very soon.’”