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Did UCLA really think it could take Lane Kiffin from Alabama?

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Lane Kiffin, the coordinator of the national champions' lesser side of the ball, the beloved late bus rider and early touchdown celebrator, was offered a lateral move to the UCLA job, ESPN reports. It's good to be bold, and Bruins coach Jim Mora knows Kiffin from two years when Kiffin was still the head coach at USC. Their dads coached together in the NFL, too.

But leaving one of the best jobs in college football (you don't even have to score that many points; sometimes Nick Saban just wants you to keep his defense off the field for a while!) for a second-tier-ish program whose coach might be on the hot seat in a year or two would be a suspect move by anybody. It certainly does not fit the Kiffin career model. Our guy fails upward, succeeds enough to rise some more, and continues ever onward into the sky. He does not succeed downward.

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