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Lane Kiffin became a national champion again last night. The Alabama offensive coordinator drove the bus that Jake Coker, Derrick Henry and O.J. Howard rode to victory.

Unfortunately for Kiffin, that bus kept rolling without him. Alabama's chartered buses left University of Phoenix Stadium Kiffin-less.

For those who hope Kiffin lost track of time while partying hard in the locker room, remember: This is college. No champagne was flowing.

In all likelihood, Kiffin was probably just too busy celebrating with his kids.

Kiffin has a son named Monte Knox Kiffin. That must grind Tennessee fans' gears.

Long-time Kiffin followers understand just how ironic this mistake is. Two years ago, Kiffin, then head coach of USC, was fired at the airport moments after arriving in Los Angeles following a loss at Arizona State.

Kiffin had put his bags on the bus before USC AD Pat Haden relieved him of his duties in a coffee room. The buses left with Kiffin's bags, which were later delivered to him. He never had a chance to say good-bye to his players.

On Monday, Kiffin could breathe easy, knowing this mishap came after a successful national championship run.

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