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Can't Wait For Saturday | Who will take over for Saban? Kiffin is an option

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Greetings from "Can't Wait For Saturday," your morning morsel of college football, courtesy of longtime Illini beat writer, AP Top 25 voter and Heisman state rep Bob Asmussen. He'll give you his views each day on the game he loves.

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Until Nick Saban is replaced as Alabama head coach, I will introduce possible candidates as his successor.

Doesn't that sound like fun?

While Alabama conducts its search, the program's fans are going bonkers. They are charting who is flying in and out of Tuscaloosa, hoping the next head coach is on the plane.

Last time the school conducted a search, it hired the best ever. Will lighting strike twice? Possible.

Today's subject Lane Kiffin knows all about moving and all about the Alabama program, At age 48, the former Fresno State quarterback has held a whopping 13 different jobs since starting his career in 1997.

To be fair, five of those jobs have been at Southern California. Hard to blame him for wanting to work in LA.

Kiffin has been a head coach at four schools: previously mentioned Southern Cal, Tennessee (one year), Florida Atlantic and his current gig at Mississippi, which naively thinks he is staying.

Kiffin has won at least 10 games twice in Oxford. He can work there as long as he wants. But if Alabama asks, he is going in about two seconds.

Alabama knows Kiffin, watching him work as Saban's offensive coordinator for three seasons. It wasn't perfect with the team, but Alabama won one national title and played for a second.

Lots of baggage with Kiffin, but the kind a school with Alabama's rich tradition and resources can ignore.

Put Kiffin odds at 12 percent.