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 ESPN.com.
—Penn State president Rodney Erickson and athletic director
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
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
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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