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Lane Kiffin tweets support to Alabama during national championship game

Never change, Lane Kiffin.

Despite getting pushed aside exactly one week ago Monday, the former Alabama offensive coordinator was still supporting the Crimson Tide during the team’s last-second 35-31 national championship game loss to Clemson.

During the game’s first half, Kiffin posted on Twitter a pro-Alabama message with a photo of his team sweatpants attached along with it to indicate he was wearing Crimson Tide gear.

He later had a second tweet, presumably about Alabama senior linebacker Reuben Foster who wears No. 10.

Earlier this week, Kiffin told ESPN’s Brett McMurphy that he would watch the game and predicted an Alabama victory.

Kiffin “mutually decided” with Alabama coach Nick Saban to leave his post as offensive coordinator for the national championship just days after the Crimson Tide’s 24-7 win over Washington in the College Football Playoff semifinal on Dec. 31. Though he was hired as Florida Atlantic’s coach on Dec. 12, he was initially staying with Alabama through the College Football Playoff.

Kiffin gave a “Roll Tide!” in his statement when it was announced he was out at Alabama.

On the “Paul Finebaum Show” on the day of the announcement Kiffin admitted that juggling the two jobs simultaneously was tougher than he thought.

Kiffin spent three seasons as Alabama’s offensive coordinator. During that stretch, the Crimson Tide won a national championship and three SEC titles while setting several offensive school records along the way.

Kiffin was replaced by former USC and Washington coach Steve Sarkisian for the national championship game. Sarkisian, who Alabama hired as an offensive analyst in September, already had been tapped to become the team’s offensive coordinator for next season prior to Kiffin’s departure.

Alabama led 14-7 at halftime on two touchdown runs from running back Bo Scarbrough, which Kiffin noted in his tweet.

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(You can follow Kevin Connell on Twitter @_KevinConnell)

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