Lane Kiffin doesn’t mind that Nick Saban doesn’t respond to his text messages. That’s just the Saban way.
“He’s not a big texter,” said Kiffin, who was the offensive coordinator under Saban at Alabama from 2014 to 2016. “We communicate through someone on some ideas or thoughts, but he doesn’t text.”
So what does Kiffin, who is now the head coach at Florida Atlantic, text Saban?
“Just different things,” Kiffin said during a recent interview on WGOW radio. “Maybe some thoughts or some idea or something like that.”
Despite an abrupt separation that occurred just before the 2017 National Championship Game, Kiffin looks back on his time at Alabama fondly. It was an opportunity to learn from Saban while still showing off his offensive prowess after he wasn’t retained by Southern California.
“I think that it was very professional,” Kiffin said of his time with Saban. “We had a great run. Well documented, three straight SEC championships and a national championship. Almost a second one.
“When you reflect back, when you go from being a head coach to an assistant coach, there’s an adjustment. Any new job there’s an adjustment to, let alone going from being a head coach to an assistant coach. On my side, it just took a little getting used to. The end product was great.”
Kiffin explained why he stayed at Alabama for three years despite the tough working conditions that are often associated under Saban.
“When you come into a place and you’ve never worked for the coach and hardly anyone on the staff…I just didn’t know what it was going to be like,” Kiffin said. “That’s why I didn’t want to leave after the first year and there were some openings. You spend the first year just scrambling around just to try to get things done right and figure them out. The second year, you start to learn the how and the why with everything he does. That’s why year two and year three were so valuable and have made me a lot better and use a lot of those same principles.”
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