Nick Saban might be the only person left who doesn’t understand why Lane Kiffin is so disliked among the public. The real reason he is disliked is because he is an abrasive, off-putting, arrogant jerk who thinks he is Bill Belichick when he is really just Josh McDaniels.
Fans and media members know this. Saban does not.
When asked Saturday about how Kiffin did in his first game as Bama’s offensive coordinator, Saban was praiseworthy of Lane’s efforts. Then he decided to go the extra mile in his praise of Lane.
“You know, the guy’s a really good coach,” Saban said in his postgame news conference. Y’all need to fess up to that. Most places that don’t like him is because he left and they were made because he left. They weren’t mad about anything he did while he was there. Just do a little research on that.”
Sorry, Nick, but I think you might have been buried recruiting, watching film and coaching to pay attention to why everyone hates Kiffin.
[Previously: Tennessee fans want to name sewage system after Kiffin]
For starters, many feel Kiffin was privileged because his father, Monte, had a great reputation in the NFL. The guy seemingly got three head coaching jobs despite not having proven success — and each job seemed to be better than the next. He got into a big fight with Al Davis and was accused of being insubordinate. Then he bolted Tennessee after just one season, which showed zero commitment or loyalty to the program and was overall a disrespectful move. Then USC got mad because he brought the program down to sub-par levels and was fired for his crap job as a head coach. The players were happy to see him go. That’s a big reason why Trojans fans don’t like him.
But, hey, keep enjoying him, Nick, and keep talking him up.