Lane Kiffin Is Reportedly a Guest of Nick Saban, Evaluating Alabama's Offense

Alex SimsCorrespondent IIIDecember 16, 2013

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After watching an archrival erupt for 59 points to win the Southeastern Conference title and earn a BCS National Championship berth, what is the next logical course of action for Alabama?

Survey says: Call Lane Kiffin.

ESPN's Brett McMurphy reported Monday that Alabama head coach Nick Saban brought the former USC head coach to Tuscaloosa to evaluate the Crimson Tide offense.

It is unclear what Saban's intentions are behind bringing in Kiffin, aside from the obvious: improving his offense. 

Perhaps Saban feels a culture change coming in the SEC after its title game between Auburn and Missouri produced more than 100 points scored.

'Bama finished eighth in the SEC in total offense, posting just shy of 450 yards per game, and failed to beat AU in the Iron Bowl, ending its shot at its third straight national title.

Kiffin was fired as USC's head coach after a poor start to the 2013 season. Considered to be an offensive guru, Kiffin has head coaching experience for the Trojans, Tennessee and in the NFL for the Oakland Raiders.

He was also the offensive coordinator at USC in 2005, one of the best seasons in school history. With Kiffin as OC and Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush in the backfield, the Trojans finished No. 1 in the nation in total offense and averaged more than 49 points per game.

Since his midseason firing, Kiffin hasn't made any concrete future plans, though it is likely he will continue coaching. He hinted to ESPN's College GameDay that he would like to carry on his coaching career.

Doug Nussmeier currently holds down the UA offensive coordinator post, so it remains to be seen if the consultation will eventually result in a full-time job for Kiffin.

Alabama is no stranger to bringing former head coaches into assistant roles. The Tide currently employ former Florida International head coach Mario Cristobal as their offensive line coach and assistant head coach.

Kiffin is also known for working well with quarterbacks, which Alabama will need this offseason after the graduation of AJ McCarron.

It would make sense for Kiffin to be brought in for that transition. For now, though, it looks like he'll just be evaluating the 'Bama attack ahead of its Sugar Bowl date with Oklahoma.