What is Most Impressive About the Kiffin to Sarkisian transition?

It has been a hard-luck season for White, who missed the last two regular season games with a shoulder injury.

This season's College Football Playoff championship features the nation's two best teams in a rematch of last January's entertaining final, which Alabama won, 45-40. Many questioned whether Clemson could follow up last year's near-perfect season after losing at home to Pitt, preceded by narrow escapes against North Carolina State, Florida State, Louisville and Troy.

Alabama shook the surface of the college football world when head coach Nick Saban and offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin chose to "mutually part ways" on Monday.

That is not happening.

On Monday, the surprising announcement was made that Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin would not coach with the Crimson Tide in the College Football Playoff National Championship against Clemson.

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"Dabo is a good friend of mine; maybe I'll just call him up and tell him what we're going to do". The chief reason for the exit, at least according to Kiffin and coach Nick Saban, was that preparation for the semifinal win over Washington suffered because Kiffin was splitting his time between game preparation and building a program at Florida Atlantic, where he will be the new coach.

To be honest, the retention of Smart was not a complete success a year ago. Had Kiffin stayed, I honestly think Clemson would win the game outright given how Alabama played against Washington. "I don't recall a happy moment".

"I certainly appreciate the fact that he's stuck here with us and done a really good job as far as trying to finish this year for our players". Obviously, we are in a unique situation where we have our next offensive coordinator on staff. "If that means getting him here sooner, we'll take it because these transitions with new jobs and not being able to come over and be here full time are tough".

To hear Saban, who was on a teleconference Tuesday afternoon, it is all business as usual around the happy-go-lucky coaching offices at Alabama.

The timing of this move seems odd, and while Kiffin is now in the process of putting a coaching staff together at FAU, you would think that he would have still been interested in coaching in a national championship.

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"I just feel like that will be the best place for me to strive as a player and a person", McKinney said of his decision during the ESPN broadcast of the game. Saban and Kiffin said the move was a mutual agreement, but it hardly seemed to be a friendly handshake and sunny farewell at the end. Moreover, he has changed the look of the Alabama offense, moving Bama from a true pro set to a zone read, hurry up attack.

In his first official day on the job, Sarkisian was on the practice field working beside freshman starter Jalen Hurts and the other quarterbacks Tuesday during the first of three practices before heading to Tampa on Friday.

Sims set Alabama records for offense, Coker led the Tide to the national title, and Hurts was this year's Southeastern Conference Offensive Player of the Year.

Sarkisian's personality and ability to manage people, Kiffin said, will be a better fit.

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