Lane Kiffin

Wild card: Lane Kiffin, offensive coordinator, Alabama

Record: 6-0 (No. 1 AP)

Last week: Won at Arkansas 49-30

Next game: Saturday at Tennessee (2:30 p.m., CBS)

The lowdown: Kiffin has head coaching experience with Tennessee, the Oakland Raiders and USC. Not successful head coaching experience, mind you, but it's there. He’s also revolutionized Alabama’s offense, which ranks sixth in scoring (44.8 ppg, though with nine non-offensive TDs) and 24th with a tick under 490 ypg. He’s worked with Orgeron at USC (Coach O was the interim coach in 2013 after Kiffin was fired five games in). Kiffin’s probably getting tired of the Nick Saban @#! chewings and ready for a change of scenery. OK, not likely high on Joe Alleva’s list, but what if Orgeron gets the job full time? How much would LSU fans love to steal Kiffin away from Bama to be its offensive coordinator?


Last week’s list: Herman; Fisher; Orgeron; Petrino; Larry Fedora, UNC; P.J. Fleck, Western Michigan (wild card)

Another coaching domino is nearing its fall, as the University of Houston is close to naming its next head coach, according to a report from

Houston was sent on its coaching search after Tom Herman, also a serious candidate for LSU, accepted the same position with the University of Texas. Among the finalist for the Cougars job are former LSU coach Les Miles and one of the Tigers' main targets for their offensive coordinator next season in Lane Kiffin. 

Kiffin was also mentioned as a candidate for the head job at Oregon, which was filled on Wednesday by former South Florida head coach Willie Taggart. Kiffin is expected to be in the running to fill the Bulls' coaching vacancy. 

Other candidates for Houston interim coach and defensive coordinator Todd Orlando, and offensive coordinator Major Applewhite — both in-house candidates. Oklahoma offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley was also vetted for the position, according to the report, but is no longer under consideration.   

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