Lane Kiffin dropped juicy insight about how he felt during his time at Alabama.
Speaking on ESPN’s The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz, the former Crimson Tide offensive coordinator revealed that he was unhappy about 351 days a year while serving in that role from 2014-16. The answer came after Le Batard asked Kiffin, now Florida Atlantic’s coach, about how many days the then-assistant went to work “miserable” because of the work environment Nick Saban created at Alabama.
“Well, there’s 365 [days in a year], and you play 14 [games], so whatever that is — 351 days. I liked game day. That’s fun,” Kiffin said on the appearance.
However, Kiffin went on to describe that not everything about a game day was fun while working under Saban. Even blowout situations could be hard.
“That’s not three-and-a-half hours [of fun],” Kiffin continued. “It’s three hours and 15 minutes that you’re happy, because 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. And it’s the last 15 minutes of the game when you’re up by 30, but you hand the ball off left instead of right, so you get your ass ripped.”
Recently, Kiffin amazingly weighed in on Saban giving an “ass-chewing” to first-year Alabama offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, who frustrated his boss with play-calling decisions late in the Crimson Tide’s victory against Clemson in the Sugar Bowl on Monday. Kiffin, who was on the receiving end of sideline blowups from Saban during his time in Tuscaloosa, went on to tell Le Batard that he “never understood” why Alabama’s coach decides to partake in public scolding.
“I never understood it,” Kiffin said. “I don’t do that. Somebody used to joke that he’d get a memo in the fourth quarter that the TV cameras showed me more than him, so he was going to make sure to rip me to humble me.”
That’s incredible perspective from Kiffin, who clearly seemed relaxed throughout the interview with Le Batard.
To be sure, Kiffin has been complimentary of his time at Alabama learning under Saban. And he remains one of the Crimson Tide’s most prominent supporters on Twitter. Still, it’s interesting to hear his thoughts on the other side of his experience working under one of the greatest coaches college football has ever seen.