Is Lane Kiffin done at Alabama after today's SEC Championship win over Florida? Nick Saban addressed the reports after today's big win.
On Thursday, LSU insider Michael Detellier reported that the SEC Championship would be Lane Kiffin's final game as Alabama offensive coordinator. Considering the source, that seemed to indicate that he will be heading to LSUto take the same job under Ed Orgeron, but there are also reports that he will interview for the head coaching vacancy at Houston.
Nick Saban was asked about Kiffin's future with the Crimson Tide after today's dominant 54-16 win, and he certainly didn't shut the door on the possibility of his assistant moving to take one of those jobs.
Obviously, that is an incredibly vague and non-committal statement, but reading the tea leaves, it definitely doesn't paint the picture that Saban expects to have Kiffin on the sideline for the College Football Playoff.
Update: Via the Associated Press' John Zenor, we have more from Saban and Kiffin on the possibility of him leaving Alabama. Saban says he wants to help Kiffin become a head coach again.
"We've had conversations about it," Saban said. "He wants to be a head coach. I want him to be a head coach. I want to help him get a head coaching job.
Kiffin says he'd like to stay at Alabama through the Playoff.
"I don't want to talk about it right now," Kiffin said when asked about his future. "I just want to enjoy winning another SEC championship."
Asked if he'd be with the Tide through the playoffs, he chuckled: "I hope so. If they'll let me."
On Friday, SB Nation's Steven Godfrey, in reporting on Kiffin's candidacy at Houston, said that Saban is "actively promoting" Kiffin to Houston, as he would rather have him go there than to LSU, where he would coach against the Crimson Tide defense.