Lane Kiffin’s tenure as Alabama’s offensive coordinator was characterized by success and, at the end, controversy.
But despite the sour ending that saw Kiffin leave Alabama before last season’s National Championship game, Kiffin is complimentary of the time he spent there and head coach Nick Saban.
“I’m a lot better head coach today than I was before I went (to Alabama),” Kiffin told 104.5 The Zone in Nashville. “I feel very different than I did prior to going there.”
Kiffin’s rocky relationship with Saban was well-documented, but he also touched on that topic and gave a little more insight into what it was like working with the head man in Tuscaloosa.
“It was very foreign for me to go into that environment (as an assistant),” Kiffin said. “It’s kind of like getting married, but it’s an offensive coordinator and a defensive head coach. But it’s like an arranged marriage because you don’t even know the person and then all of a sudden, you just have to figure it out.
“It got a lot better as time went along.”
Kiffin spent three seasons in Tuscaloosa and enjoyed a ton of success: three SEC Championships, three SEC Offensive Players of the Year and a National Championship, to name a few of his many accolades.
He doesn’t seem to have slowed down as a head coach, now at Florida Atlantic. He has the Owls in contention for a bowl game and they currently sit at 3-0 in Conference USA. Kiffin will likely receive interest from larger programs this offseason.