Former Alabama defensive lineman Jonathan Allen has said that defensive players would routinely do things to get former offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin yelled at by coach Nick Saban in practice.
On Thursday, Kiffin responded on Twitter to an article about by writing “SmhJA” in the direction of Allen.
— Lane Kiffin (@Lane_Kiffin) April 20, 2017
“We love to get Lane Kiffin yelled at and fired up in practice,” Allen said last December. “That’s our goal. At the same time, you have to make it fun. Like Coach Saban says, you can’t think about it as work all the time or it will drive you crazy. So we try to find fun with everything and it’s been working so far.”
According to Allen, Kiffin knew about the plan, which was retaliation for him trying to get the defense “cussed out and yelled at and chewed out.”
Earlier this week, Allen again talked about what the defense tried to get Saban to do to Kiffin.
“That’s probably the most fun we had at Alabama during practice this year, just watching Coach Saban lay into Kiffin,” Allen said.
Despite being one of the nation’s top assistants, the former Broyles Award winner was infamously chastised by Saban on the sidelines on a few occasions.
Earlier this week, Kiffin said on SiriusXM’s “College Sports Nation” that he doesn’t particularly like Saban’s treatment of assistants.
“Those things come up, and everybody has different ways of dealing with them,” Kiffin said. “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.”
Kiffin left the program after Alabama’s College Football Playoff semifinal win on Dec. 31 to take over full time as the head coach at FAU. He previously had accepted the job earlier in the month and was originally supposed to stay on with the Crimson Tide through the national championship game.
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