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Did Lane Kiffin enjoy his time at Alabama? ‘Yes and no’

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Lane Kiffin was asked Monday on “The Dan Le Batard Show” if he enjoyed his time working with Nick Saban.

Yes and no,” said Kiffin, who now is coach at Florida Atlantic. “I think I had a unique situation where for the first time, my family didn’t come with me. So that made it outside of the football part not as much fun because they were across the country. That kind of played into that and would have made it much more enjoyable had they come and continued kind of a normal lifestyle, versus going somewhere to dive into football.”

Kiffin called the actual football part of his job a “good time.” Alabama went 40-3 and captured a national title during his three seasons as the Tide’s offensive coordinator.

Le Batard followed up by asking Kiffin if the job “aged him.”

“Don’t kid me on that again,” Kiffin said, laughing. “I already got in trouble for that statement one time.”

Kiffin once said coaching at Alabama was the “equivalent to coaching in dog years.”

In addition to talking about his time at Alabama, Kiffin was asked about the Oakland Raiders taking LSU quarterback JaMarcus Russell with the first overall pick in the 2007 NFL draft. Kiffin coached the Raiders in 2007 and ’08, and said while he had nothing personal against Russell, he felt that the better move would have been to select wide receiver Calvin Johnson in that place. Johnson, of course, went on to have a sterling career with the Detroit Lions, who took him second overall in the ’07 draft.

(You can follow Dan Mathews on Twitter @DanMathewsATL)

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