Would Lane Kiffin have led Alabama to a national-championship victory?

Offensive Coordinator Lane Kiffin of the Alabama Crimson Tide talks to Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide against the Washington Huskies during the 2016 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at the Georgia Dome on December 31, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

In the pantheon of sports’ greatest what-if questions, the hypothetical inquiry of, “What if Lane Kiffin had coached Alabama’s offense in the national championship?” seems pretty low on the pecking order.

But for fans of the Crimson Tide — and Kiffin himself — the scenario apparently still warrants a mental examination.

Kiffin did a lengthy interview with Fox Sports Radio’s “Outkick the Coverage” and was asked if he thought the game would have played out differently had he retained his post. The new FAU football skipper said he couldn’t answer that.

“I don’t know that,” Kiffin said. “There’s no way to know that.

“[Then-offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian] was put in a very difficult situation. Whatever it was, a week, eight days or whatever and all of a sudden you’re calling the game. So like you said, it’s the hardest one to try to figure out. … If it would have been different and had I been there, that meant I would have won — if that is the case, I don’t know that. It wouldn’t have had anything to do with anything about Sark. It would have been the players being comfortable of what they know.”

Alabama lost the title game to Clemson 35-31 on a last-second touchdown after relinquishing a 10-point fourth-quarter lead.

The Owls hired Kiffin to replace Charlie Partridge as their new head coach in mid-December, about a month before college football’s finale. Kiffin originally planned to run Alabama’s offense through the end of its playoff run but that idea was scrapped in a reportedly mutual agreement one week before the contest.

Sarkisian left Alabama after the loss to take the same position with the Atlanta Falcons. Brian Daboll, who led the Miami Dolphins offense in 2011, now calls the shots in Tuscaloosa.

Lane Kiffin, FAU sued by former Alabama WR for reneging on job offer

Lane Kiffin, the newly announced head coach of Florida Atlantic University football, shakes hands with Spanish River football coach Bill Ceasar at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton on December 13, 2016. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)

Before Lane Kiffin roams the sidelines in his first official game as Florida Atlantic University’s head coach, it appears he and the university will need to deal with some legal issues.

According to SEC Country, former University of Alabama wide receiver Antonio “A.C.” Carter filed a fraud lawsuit on Tuesday against Kiffin, FAU and the state of Florida alleging that Kiffin misled him regarding a position on FAU’s coaching staff.

Carter claims that Kiffin used his relationship with a four-star running back recruit to entice the junior college transfer to sign with the Owls. Though the lawsuit does not name the recruit, it does mention that the recruit was from Carter’s hometown of Tallahassee, played in junior college and was once a four-star prospect who had signed a letter of intent with the University of Florida. According to SEC Country, FAU signee D’Anfernee McGriff fits the profile of the unnamed recruit.

The lawsuit alleges that shortly after the prospect accepted a scholarship at FAU, Carter was informed that he did not pass the required background check, forfeiting his candidacy for the one-year, $40,000 assistant strength and conditioning coach position that he claims he was offered.

Despite sending documentation to the university showing that the two misdemeanor charges on his record had been resolved, Carter’s inquires went unanswered. Carter claims that he even went as far as to wait outside of FAU athletic director Pat Chun’s office for several hours, only to have Chun refuse to meet with him, according to SEC Country.

Carter, who says that he was responsible for recruiting three FAU signees, claims that Kiffin assured him that the process leading to his employment at the university was “done,” leading him and his wife to quit their jobs and travel to the campus to help with recruiting, according to SEC Country.

This isn’t the first time in Kiffin’s brief tenure as FAU head coach that his coaching staff has been an issue. Kiffin’s hiring of Kendal Briles, who was mentioned in the Baylor sexual assault scandal lawsuit, his hiring of two assistant coaches from Ole Miss, which is being investigated by the NCAA, and his hiring of defensive-line coach and recruiting coordinator Eric Mathies, who was arrested for a DUI in 2014, have all sparked controversy.

Read more at SEC Country.