The recruiting world, on the other hand, knew it could be the start of something big for Nick Saban's program.
The new hire has begun speaking to several of his future players this week, his first on the job, and the latest to come in contact with Kiffin is three-star offensive line commitment Joshua Casher.
"I talked to Coach Kiffin for a little while, he seems like a very cool guy," he said. "It's a positive step for Alabama. I really don't know too much about him, then he we talked.
"We talked for a little bit, he said he really liked my film and stuff like that, and that the offense is going to be positive. I've been hearing it's going to be up a little more up tempo, so that'll be good."
Casher learned that Kiffin is focusing on the players, current and future, before talking X's and O's.
"I was asking him if he was getting things ready (offensively), he said he would worry about that later on," he said. "Yesterday (Tuesday) was his first day, so he was worried about our guys. He's really trying to get to know his players, which is great, it's important to him."
Of course the 6-foot-1, 280-pounder, as well as more than a dozen additional commitments, will meet Kiffin in person this coming weekend during the Crimson Tide's biggest official visit group of the year. A large contingent (13) will be reuniting after taking part in the Under Armour All-America game week together.
"He plans on being there, talking to me and getting to know me I think," Casher said. "I'm really just looking to get to know some of the guys even better, too. We hit it off over the past few weeks and months and stuff like that.
"We want to have good time and continue having fun."
In addition to the current commitments, the Mobile (Ala.) St. Paul's standout is looking forward to more time with the Tide staff this weekend.
"Talking to my coaches and getting to know them a little better," he said. "I can't wait to play for [Mario] Cristobal, he's a really good guy. Offensive line is his heart, he can't wait to get us in since we have a good class coming in."
"I usually don't try to recruit; I just let them know we have a good class coming in," he said. "I'm just truthful with them, I can communicate with people so I tell them not to worry about what other people say. It's your decision.
"I'll be able to talk to my boy Matt Elam, I know he's excited about the visit, also. Hopefully when signing day comes, we can have the best class ever."
In the final Scout.com rankings for the class of 2014, Casher was tabbed as the nation's No. 4 center prospect.