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Tide OC Lane Kiffin gets pay raise

Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin in during warm-ups before facing Southern California: Cedric Mason - Touchdown Alabama Magazine

He finally sees a few more zeros and commas in his pay check.

Third-year offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin received an increase in pay on Friday, as the University of Alabama bumped him up to $1.4 million. He was making $680,000 in his first two seasons at Alabama, while earning $714,000 to start this year. A reason for the late pay raise was Kiffin’s $3.4 million buyout from Southern California, which started after he was fired in 2013.

The 41-year-old received the final $2.7 million from the buyout in 2014, but with Alabama handing him $1.4 million over the next eight months, he is now the highest-paid assistant coach on Nick Saban’s staff. According to Jon Solomon of CBS Sports, Kiffin’s deal will amount to $2.1 million.

Kiffin has not only balanced the Crimson Tide’s offense (36 points, 455.8 yards), but he’s also produced two 3,000-yard passers, two 1,000-yard receivers and a 2,000-yard rusher in two seasons.

He coached Derrick Henry to a Heisman Trophy in 2015, while mentoring the program to two Southeastern Conference championships and a College Football Playoff national title.

Stephen M. Smith is a senior analyst and columnist for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @Smsmith_TDALMag.

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