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College football roundup: Alabama hires Kiffin as offensive coordinator

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[January 11, 2014]  (The Sports Xchange) — Alabama hired former USC and Tennessee head coach Lane Kiffin as its new offensive coordinator, reported Friday.

Kiffin, 38, will replace Doug Nussmeier, who left Alabama on Thursday to become offensive coordinator at Michigan

Kiffin was dismissed as USC's head coach in September after a 62-41 loss at Arizona State. He was in his fourth seasons as the Trojans head coach and had a 28-15 record.

He came to USC after one season as the head coach at Tennessee, where he went 7-6.

Kiffin visited with Alabama coach Nick Saban before the Sugar Bowl "to share ideas and exchange ideas ... (for) professional development," Saban said at the time, according to

—Penn State president Rodney Erickson and athletic director Dave Joyner are scheduled to make a major announcement on Saturday at 4:15 p.m. ET, the school announced in a press release.

Although the release did not specify the topic, multiple media outlets report Vanderbilt coach James Franklin will be named the Nittany Lions' new head football coach.

ESPN reported that a Penn State Board of Trustees committee is scheduled to meet early Saturday to approve the contract, which is expected to pay Franklin about $4.5 million per year.

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—University of Texas booster Red McCombs apologized for comments he made earlier this week about new Longhorns coach Charlie Strong.

McCombs said Monday that Strong's hire was a "kick in the face" and that Strong "would make a great position coach, maybe a coordinator" in an interview with San Antonio's ESPN radio affiliate.

McCombs told the San Antonio Express-News on Thursday that he apologized to Strong in a phone conversation and told him he had his "total support."

—Florida State wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin told ESPN that he will declare for the NFL draft.

Benjamin, a 23-year-old redshirt sophomore, caught the game-winning touchdown in Monday night's 34-31 victory over Auburn in the BCS national championship game.

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