Lane Kiffin wasn’t surprised that Steve Sarkisian left Alabama for the NFL.
Speaking to Clay Travis on Thursday, Kiffin was asked if Sarkisian’s move to the Atlanta Falcons after just one game as the Crimson Tide’s offensive coordinator was surprising in any way. Kiffin, who was Alabama’s offensive coordinator from 2014-16, gave an interesting take on the situation.
“No, not at all,” Kiffin said via CoachingSearch.com’s Chris Vannini. “He went through (a situation) similar to me. His kids are still in L.A. like mine were. That’s a tough deal. You’re living in Tuscaloosa, your kids are in L.A.; it’s hard to get back and forth. There’s no direct flights. It takes forever. You end up driving to Birmingham, flying to Atlanta and going back.
“And then you’re working for coach Saban on his schedule, which as we all know is very time-consuming. I was not surprised at all.”
Kiffin went on to say that the NFL offers more time off and that Sarkisian’s situation in Atlanta will allow him to see his kids in Los Angeles more often. What Kiffin said makes a bunch of sense and interesting inside information regarding Sarkisian’s situation.
Sarkisian served as an offensive analyst for Alabama throughout most of last season before replacing Kiffin as Alabama’s OC after Kiffin became Florida Atlantic’s coach full time following the Crimson Tide’s victory against Washington in the Peach Bowl.
Of course, Alabama went on to hire former New England Patriots tight ends coach Brian Daboll as its new offensive coordinator following Sarkisian’s departure. Here’s guessing Sarkisian will enjoy his professional situation more with the Falcons, given the information that Kiffin shared.
Check out Travis’ complete interview with Kiffin below.
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) March 30, 2017