Alabama fans are probably ready to move on from the Lane Kiffin era, but the former Crimson Tide offensive coordinator has a way of lingering months after his departure from Tuscaloosa.
The new Florida Atlantic coach was conducting an interview with Sirius XM’s College Sports Radio on Wednesday morning, and he made a statement that could be perceived as a dig at his old boss.
When asked about his coaching style, Kiffin dropped this take on the listeners: “I’m not really big on humiliating the assistant coaches in front of everybody.”
. @Lane_Kiffin on his coaching style he says "I'm not really big on humiliating the assistant coaches in front of everybody"
— SXM College Sports (@SiriusXMCollege) April 19, 2017
Now, that in and of itself, is a very reasonable take the have. Some coaches like to handle their matters in private, or at least through the safety of a distant stare as they vent their frustrations into the headset during a head college football Saturday.
Could Kiffin have been referencing the way he was treated by Nick Saban at Alabama when he was making that statement? It’s hard not to connect the dots, as the Crimson Tide coach was captured on the sidelines ripping into his offensive coordinator at times during their three-year marriage.
Last season, Saban was captured screaming at Kiffin on the sidelines in the closing seconds of a 38-10 victory against Western Kentucky:
Not many coaches have the intensity to be chewing out a coordinator with less than a minute to go in a blowout non-conference victory in September. But then again, not many coaches can claim the five national championships that Nick Saban can claim, either.
Here’s another look at Saban getting after Kiffin in front of everyone. This one in 2014 after the Crimson Tide scored a touchdown.