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Lane Kiffin is critical of Nick Saban’s treatment of assistants

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Florida Atlantic coach Lane Kiffin, who spent the past three seasons as Alabama’s offensive coordinator, said on a national radio show Tuesday that he is not necessarily a fan of the way Tide coach Nick Saban treats his assistants.

On SiriusXM’s “College Sports Nation” on Tuesday, Kiffin said he prefers to use different methods of working with his coaches.

“Those things come up, and everybody has different ways of dealing with them,” Kiffin said, as per CoachingSearch.com. “It’s just not really how I do it. I’m not really big on humiliating assistant coaches in front of everybody. I write down notes. In the staff meeting, I explain what we want to get done.”

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Still, Kiffin admitted he learned a lot from Saban, just like he learned a lot from Pete Carroll, his former boss at USC. Kiffin said he has taken tactics “from two of the best coaches in the history of football.”

“There are many great things they both do,” Kiffin said. “I’m in a better position to be a head coach because of them, especially those three years and what I learned under Coach Saban.”

Kiffin also took time to talk about his new job. He said he will not call plays at FAU; he hired former Baylor offensive coordinator Kendal Briles to handle these duties. He also said his practice regimen has changed.

“Practice is boring, actually. I’ve learned that. A lot of standing around,” Kiffin said. “You’re not calling plays, running around adjusting everybody. It is different. But I thought it was important to do. Looking back as a head coach (at Tennessee and USC), we had great offenses, but I could have run the program better with all the time that’s freed up, being able to deal with defense, special teams, donors, university things, player relations.”

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