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Technically, Lane Kiffin was the country’s only undefeated coach in the 2016 season

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Among those who coached almost the entire season, at least.

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl - Washington v Alabama Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

All hail Lane Kiffin, who went 14-0 as Alabama’s offensive coordinator in the 2016 season, helping to guide his team to an SEC title and a victory in the Peach Bowl semifinal against Washington. Then he left.

The plan was for Kiffin to stick around with the Tide while also setting up his next job as FAU’s head coach. That plan fell through, with a “mutual” agreement between Kiffin and Nick Saban that it was time for Steve Sarkisian (who just keeps replacing Kiffin) to take over for the National Championship against Clemson. The time demands of doing two jobs became too much for one man.

The Tide lost the rematch to the Tigers, dooming Saban’s otherwise perfect record in national title games, ending their bid to be the third-ever wire-to-wire champ. It introduced an offseason of drama in Tuscaloosa, much of it centering around Sark’s task of advancing QB Jalen Hurts’ development as other young quarterbacks mill around on campus.

Kiffin will court plenty of his own drama to Boca Raton, but one thing he will not do is gaze at anything but zeroes in his personal loss column for this season.

Bama and Western Michigan were the country’s only teams to enter bowl season without losses, and both lost, with their coaching staffs remaining intact through those games ... other than Kiffin.

He was there in spirit, though. Or at least his pants were.