There remains no love lost between Lane Kiffin and Nick Saban.
After Saban said in an interview that he doesn’t believe he yells at his assistants very often, Kiffin, his former offensive coordinator, made clear that he felt Saban was not telling the truth while linking to the story.
coach Nick Saban: “I don’t yell at my assistants very much at all…” Are these real quotes? I don't get upset at my coaches much?? We tell our players to control their emotions during the game bc when emotions go up decision making goes down but…. RTR https://t.co/EurFYX2hzw
— Lane Kiffin (@Lane_Kiffin) January 7, 2018
The Pinocchio face says it all. Kiffin, now the coach at Florida Atlantic, has made clear what he thought of his time at Alabama, and it definitely paints a very different picture than the one Saban offers up. He even goes so far as to more or less accuse Saban of holding himself to a double standard with regard to keeping his emotions in check. It’s transparently obvious that Kiffin doesn’t think much of some of Saban’s methods — and his perceived denial of them.
Lane Kiffin has made it abundantly clear that coaching at Alabama was not something he enjoyed, and he gets more and more candid about his time in Tuscaloosa by the day.
In an appearance on “The Dan Le Batard Show” this week, Kiffin said his departure from Alabama has reminded him that football is supposed to be fun.
“It doesn’t have to be miserable,” Kiffin said, as transcribed by Sam Hellman of 247 Sports. “I used to laugh when I’d walk down the Alabama hallway and see all the national championship pictures. Look at the faces on the coaches. It looks like they’re at a funeral.”
Kiffin said the only thing he looked forward to at Alabama was gameday, but even then he grew tired of getting chewed out by Nick Saban when the Tide were blowing opponents out.
“I like gameday, but it’s only three hours and 15 minutes,” he said. “You have the best players, so you know you’re going to win. And you’re out there and you’re scoring a million points and a million yards. But the last 15 minutes of the game when you’re up by 30 and you hand the ball off left instead of right, so you get your a– ripped.”
Saban demands perfection, and you could argue that the great ones always do. Bill Belichick never seems satisfied after a win no matter how dominant the New England Patriots look. But Belichick is never seen berating his assistants on the sideline.
“He’s just mad to get mad,” Kiffin said. “He’s feeling like everyone’s too comfortable. I don’t know where he gets it from. It’s just like, ‘I need to rip somebody.’ I never understood it. I don’t do it. Someone used to joke that he’d get a memo in the fourth quarter that they showed me on TV more than him, so he was going to make sure that he ripped me to humble me. So I don’t really know why he does it.”
Kiffin has trolled Saban every chance he gets since he left Alabama, so his comments are not exactly a surprise. He seems to genuinely hate his former boss, though he admitted Saban is a better coach than him. Still, Kiffin may never get tired of trying to prove how horrible Saban is to work for.
Lane Kiffin showed no mercy during FAU’s 50-3 thumping of Akron in the Boca Raton Bowl on Tuesday night.
Not only did Kiffin’s squad win by 47 points, but the Owls head coach was doing things like going for two while up 35-3 in the third quarter, and throwing passes up 50-3 in the fourth quarter.
So why did Kiffin do all that? He says it was prompted by an Akron official talking trash.
Lane Kiffin said the 2-point conversion was prompted by an Akron athletics official talking trash yesterday. "His bad," Lane said.
— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) December 20, 2017
Love him or hate him, this is the exact kind of behavior that makes Kiffin so polarizing. Well, that and his constant Nick Saban trolling.
Lane Kiffin’s first season at FAU has been a huge success, and the school would like to reward the coach financially for what he has done.
Florida Atlantic president John Kelly told ESPN West Palm that the school is working on a new contract for Kiffin.
“I’ve told Lane that when I met with him, I thought we could be a top-25 program and we need a coach who can do that,” Kelly said in a TV segment that aired Saturday, according to the Palm Beach Post. “He’s on the verge of doing that. We’re obviously looking toward keeping Lane long term.”
Kiffin was excited about the new deal and said his agent was flying in to help finalize the deal. The 42-year-old coach was optimistic the deal could get done before the Owls’ bowl game on Tuesday against Akron.
Kiffin led FAU to a 10-3 season and conference championship in his debut with the Owls. That made him second in program history for wins. He has succeeded greatly in two things this year — winning games with the Owls, and trolling his former program.
Lane Kiffin is at it again.
The Florida Atlantic coach threw some shade at Alabama — and touted himself in the process — with a tweet sent on Friday.
It all started when ESPN’s Chris Low tweeted the following statistic about Alabama’s success in the Iron Bowl and postseason games when Kiffin was coaching under Nick Saban:
For all the turbulence, some of it real and some of it overblown, during the Nick Saban-Lane Kiffin partnership at Alabama, it's worth noting that the Crimson Tide were 9-1 in postseason games/Iron Bowls when they were together.
— Chris Low (@ClowESPN) December 8, 2017
Kiffin took things a step farther, pointing out that Bama is 0-4 in Iron Bowls and postseason games without them together in the past five years.
— Lane Kiffin (@Lane_Kiffin) December 8, 2017
The most notable loss came last season in the national championship game to Clemson. They also lost the Iron Bowl and Sugar Bowl in 2013 before Kiffin, and the Iron Bowl this season without him.
Kiffin has said before he thinks the Tide would have won the national championship last season had he remained offensive coordinator. We have to agree.
Lane Kiffin on Monday received quite an endorsement for the Florida State job, but the Florida Atlantic coach brushed aside the interest.
Luther Campbell, a member of 2 Live Crew who is now prominently involved in the football scene in Florida, tweeted that FSU should hire Kiffin to fill their vacancy.
Florida State if you hire @Lane_Kiffin with players you have there now that would be insane this man just went 9 and 0 in conference and champion in his first year with a team that has never won over 3 games
— LUTHER R CAMPBELL (@unclelukereal1) December 4, 2017
Campbell tends to have the ear of many youth/high school players, and he has long been associated with the University of Miami’s football team, so his endorsement does not come lightly.
Despite the compliment from “Uncle Luke,” Kiffin said he was “happy killing it” at FAU.
Thx uncle luke but we r happy killing it here!!! Compare records as u say. Lol. https://t.co/MwRdAxW7IE
— Lane Kiffin (@Lane_Kiffin) December 5, 2017
Kiffin took an Owls program that had gone 3-9 three seasons in a row and turned them into a 10-3 squad that won the conference. Any praise of him for the job he’s done is well deserved, but there are still plenty of reasons to avoid hiring him if you’re a major program.
Florida Atlantic’s fans were calling for Alabama after FAU’s Conference USA championship win over North Texas on Saturday. Funny enough, Lane Kiffin says he would be down for such a matchup.
Take a look at this media exchange Kiffin had after FAU’s win:
'I would love to play Bama. I'd feel sorry for our players, but I'd like it.'
Lane Kiffin is the gift that keeps on giving
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) December 2, 2017
“We want Bama” is a common chant among college football fans after a big win because Alabama is generally regarded as the best team in the sport, so everyone wants a shot at the big boy. But the chant has even more meaning for Kiffin, who was the offensive coordinator at Alabama for three years before parting ways with the school before the championship game last season. Since then, he’s turned FAU into a winner and constantly trolled Nick Saban.
An FAU-Bama game really would be a lot of fun.