Lane Kiffin enjoyed his working relationship with Nick Saban.
In a fascinating interview with Colin Cowherd of FOX Sports, the former Alabama offensive coordinator opened up about his connection with the Crimson Tide coach. Kiffin spoke about how he remembered his time working under Saban and how he carries lessons from the coach as he continues his career.
At one point, Kiffin mentioned what was accomplished during his three seasons in Tuscaloosa. He added that his partnership with Saban “was a great marriage.”
Here’s that particular part of the interview:
“We won three SEC championships, three SEC offensive players of the year, and I had a good run,” Kiffin told Cowherd. “When we left, I think we had won 26 straight or something. So, it was a great marriage, and it worked. Unfortunately, I wasn’t there for that last game. Very close game, could have went either way. But it is what it is, and it was a great time and some great stories.”
It’s interesting to hear Kiffin reflect on his experience with Alabama. It was clear he was ready to move on by the time he was introduced as Florida Atlantic’s coach. His new chapter with the Owls will present plenty of challenges and opportunity. (It’s fair to wonder if Alabama would have beaten Clemson in the national championship game with Kiffin on the sideline.)
Yet, there’s something to be said for what Saban and Kiffin did together. It will be fascinating to watch both men next season as Kiffin serves as a head coach once again and Saban’s program moves on with Brian Daboll as its new offensive coordinator.
Click below to listen to Kiffin’s interview with Cowherd:
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) March 9, 2017