He was hired in January 2014 after spending some of his post-firing 2013 helping Saban evaluate Bama's offense, according to Saban at the time.
When Doug Nussmeier left for Michigan, next man up.
Kiffin, Cristobal, former Maryland head coach Mike Locksley, former Michigan State interim Bobby Williams, and now Sark.
I'm saying: if an internal sporting event breaks out among Bama's social network of coaches, there are plenty of guys ready to grab clipboards and oversee proceedings.
Actually, that was true after just one year, as he was nominated right away for the Broyles Award, given to the country's top assistant.
Kiffin's offense puts five-stars in position as well as anybody's in the country, and every team soon to be in need of a head coach is at least telling itself, "Hmmm, surely he's learned some stuff about maturity and development and whatever from the sport's most disciplined head coach, so ... " (He's still extremely Kiffin, though.) Sarkisian is in need of a similar makeover, having been fired amid personal issues and a 3-2 start to the 2015 season.
Began the season with New Orleans and was released on June 5...played in 19 games with Southern Maryland in the independent Atlantic League...
Signed by the Blue Jays as a free agent on July 23.
(Also on that rejuvenation list, to a much lesser degree, is Bama offensive line coach Mario Cristobal, who was curiously fired after relative success at FIU and has since only boosted his image.) The art is here: Remember how Kiffin came aboard at Alabama?Here are four things about this that are interesting.Kiffin has gone from a head coaching laughingstock to one of the country's most respected coaches after spending just over two years with Saban.Combined to hit .275 (92-for-334) with 21 doubles, 9 homers and 49 RBI in 89 games with Triple-A New Orleans (Marlins) and Las Vegas (Blue Jays)..recorded a 3.86 ERA (2 ER in 4.2 IP) in 4 games with the 51s...Appeared in 29 games each in right and left field, 21 at designated hitter and 14 at first base...Batted .253 (104-for-411) with 41 doubles, 13 home runs and 47 RBI in 113 games with Las Vegas..tossed 1.0 scoreless inning on July 21 vs. Ranked second in the Pacific Coast League in doubles.