Alabama refused to let tired sportswriters drift easily into the weekend. On Friday evening, news broke that the Crimson Tide planned to hire Lane Kiffin as departed offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier’s replacement.
Kiffin, an Internet whipping boy, set Twitter afire, as snark poured from every orifice of the blogosphere. Alabama fans reacted with shock and unease. SEC fans laughed like drunkards. And impartial haters, well, they sharpened their edges.
Below are some of the best tweets, memes and reactions following the news on Kiffin.
LANE KIFFIN HIRED BY ALABAMA. IT HAS BEGUN….. pic.twitter.com/QLWnub1ggv
— LostLettermen.com (@LostLettermen) January 10, 2014
Lane Kiffin is going to make it real easy to root against Alabama. Oh, you already felt that way? — Dave Biddle (@davebiddle) January 10, 2014
if lane kiffin is unemployed for longer than 6 months the world will explode thanks for keeping us safe alabama
— martin rickman (@martinrickman) January 10, 2014
Every time I think I’ve seen it all in this business, along comes something like Lane Kiffin to Alabama …
— Christopher Walsh (@BOLWalsh) January 10, 2014
Nick Saban has to put Lane Kiffin in the press box at Neyland right?! — Brent Dougherty (@brentdougherty) January 10, 2014
— John Lott (@JohnCLott) January 10, 2014
Lane Kiffin knows who killed Jimmy Hoffa. That’s the only logical explanation I can find for him having the leverage to get another job
— Vic the Slick (@dcmadness202) January 10, 2014
Bama is hiring Lane Kiffin . Here is their new offense ! pic.twitter.com/SnCCAKNyka
— #1 DE In The Country (@FauxVicBeasley) January 10, 2014
Lane Kiffin to Alabama really makes it the most hated program in America right?
— Jack (@shanjackbel) January 10, 2014
Lane kiffin to Alabama hahahahahahahhaha have fun retards oh my god I can’t control my laughter right now what are you thinking saban
— Kevin Leathley (@KevinLeathley54) January 10, 2014
Someone please show me evidence of these claims that Lane Kiffin is a “great offensive mind” …
— Nick Lough WAFF 48 (@NickLough) January 10, 2014
How is Lane Kiffin’s life going so well when mine is such a mess? — Sarah Kelly Shannon (@thesarahkelly) January 10, 2014
Lane Kiffin has the cheat code to getting jobs he’s not qualified for. Ha! — Sandra Bae O’Connor (@BlackDebutante) January 10, 2014
Lane Kiffin to Alabama. Well, he does have destroying Tennessee on his resumé.
— Marshall Ramsey (@MarshallRamsey) January 10, 2014
Yep, 4 sure. RT @wesrucker247 Lane Kiffin is Bama’s new offensive coordinator. In other words, I JUST DIED AND WENT TO SPORTSWRITING HEAVEN!
— Lori Worley (@LoriAWorley) January 10, 2014
#LRT Lane Kiffin’s career has more lives than a cat
— Alvin Borum (@PatchOHoulihan1) January 10, 2014
Lane Kiffin has worked so hard in his life. I’m so happy to see him finally getting somewhere and the hard work paying off.
— Joseph (@ColonelJP23) January 10, 2014
Guess I’m the only one that thinks that Lane Kiffin is going to do well at Alabama.
— James Kim (@JdotKimmy) January 10, 2014