Report: UCLA tried to hire Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin

UCLA apparently had some big plans for its open offensive coordinator position.

While the Bruins eventually promoted running backs coach Kennedy Polamalu to the position on Wednesday, according to's Brett McMurphy, Polamalu was not UCLA's first choice. McMurphy reports that UCLA actually offered the position to Alabama offensive coordinator (and former USC coach) Lane Kiffin before the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship.

As you've no doubt deduced for yourself since Kiffin is still at Alabama, and Polamalu was promoted, Kiffin turned the Bruins down.

There's no word on what kind of offer UCLA made Kiffin, but considering he just won a national title at Alabama and has had two successful seasons with the Tide, you have to think Kiffin will remain there until a head coaching job becomes available -- or at least an offensive coordinator job in the NFL if he wants to make that jump. Barring an enormous raise -- according to USA Today's database, Kiffin made $680,000 at Alabama this year --  it's hard to imagine Kiffin making a lateral move.

And honestly, going from being the offensive coordinator at Alabama to having the same title at UCLA probably isn't a lateral move as much as it's a slight step backward. No offense to UCLA, but, you know, Alabama is Alabama. It just won another national title. You have to think that if Kiffin has another successful season in Tuscaloosa in 2016, he'll get another shot at a head coaching gig.

Lane Kiffin reportedly turned down a job offer from UCLA. (USATSI)
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Tom Fornelli has been a college football writer at CBS Sports since 2010. During his time at CBS, Tom has proven time and again that he hates your favorite team and thinks your rival is a paragon of football... Full Bio

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