Alabama's Nick Saban hires Lane Kiffin as his new offensive coordinator

      Former Southern California head coach Lane Kiffin has reportedly been hired as the new offensive coordinator at Alabama. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

      After 104 days in the unemployment line, Lane Kiffin is back in the game, landing yet another premiere college football job as the new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at the University of Alabama, the school confirmed on Twitter Friday.

      "We want to thank the University of Alabama and Coach Saban for this tremendous opportunity, and we feel humbled and honored to be a part of the Crimson Tide family," Kiffin said in a release. "I've always had the utmost respect for what Coach Saban has done with his programs. Having the unique opportunity to be here last month, I was able to meet some of the great players and the great people in the organization, and I'm very excited to start working with them.

      "We've seen the passion and support of the Alabama fans firsthand, and when that's combined with the storied history and tradition of the program, this is a very special place to coach."

      The 38-year-old Kiffin, who was fired from his job with Southern California Sep. 29 after going 28-15 in a three-plus seasons, joins Nick Saban's staff as a replacement for Doug Nussmeier, who left the Crimson Tide to call plays at Michigan.

      Kiffin becomes Saban's fourth offensive coordinator in seven seasons at Alabama.

      The University of Alabama's Twitter account for football confirmed the hiring of Lane Kiffin as its new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, Friday, January 10, 2013. Click the image to enlarge.

      "We are excited to have Lane join our staff," Alabama coach Nick Saban said in a release shortly after hiring Kiffin. "He is an outstanding and creative offensive coach who has great experience both at the college and NFL level.

      "He has a very good understanding of the game and I have always been impressed with what I saw in the games he called. He coaches with a great deal of passion and enthusiasm, and also does an excellent job as a teacher."

      Alabama offensive coordinators under Nick Saban:

      Major Applewhite -- 2007

      Jim McElwain -- 2008-11

      Doug Nussmeier -- 2012-13

      Lane Kiffin -- 2014-present

      Lane Kiffin's coaching career:

      Fresno State -- Assistant -- 1997-98

      Colorado State -- Offensive line -- 2000

      Jacksonville Jaguars -- Offensive Quality Control -- 2001

      Southern Cal -- Tight Ends -- 2001

      Southern Cal -- Wide Receivers -- 2002-04

      Southern Cal -- Passing Game Coordinator/Offensive Coordinator -- 2005-06

      Oakland Raiders -- Head Coach -- 2007-08

      Tennessee -- Head Coach -- 2009

      Southern Cal -- Head Coach -- 2010-2013

      Alabama -- Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks -- 2014-present