Former USC head coach and new University of Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin is no stranger to having a microphone in front of him. Still, this might have been just a little different than facing the media after a big game. In an act of southern hospitality, and likely a bit of hazing, Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban welcomed the newest addition to his staff with a bit of coerced karaoke.
According to Sportingnews.com, Nick Saban hosted members of his coaching staff and new recruits, along with their parents, at his house for a little meet-and-greet and some downtime that included a bit of karaoke.
Donetris Scarbrough, mother of Crimson Tide commitment Bo Scarbrough, told BamaOnline.com, “I think if you’re new there, you have to do karaoke. It’s kind of the theme with the new coaches. Everyone has to do a karaoke night.”
You would think that after years in the media spotlight Kiffin would be comfortable on the mic in a small, comfortable, family-like environment. Then again, maybe not. “It was his turn and he kept on hiding,” Ms. Scarbrough continued. “He told me, ‘I think I’ll go ahead and do it, if you sing with me.’ He told me it would make it easier and be fun. We tried to figure out what song we would do first. He said ‘come on up here and do it with me, I don’t want to do it by myself.’ “ Kiffin’s final song of choice? Why, Lynyrd Skynyrd‘s classic “Sweet Home Alabama,” of course.
On a personal note, being a fan of both college football and impromptu karaoke performances, I love this story! As a University of Tennessee fan, however, I can’t help but wish that the hazing period for Kiffin would have also included some form of acid or a fully-stocked shark tank. Oh, well. To each their own.