Lane Kiffin Makes Fun of Nick Saban For Being Short

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KNOXVILLE, TN – OCTOBER 25: Offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin of the Alabama Crimson Tide against the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium on October 25, 2014 in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) Kevin C. Cox Getty Images North America

Lane Kiffin hasn’t talked to the media all season. That’s because Nick Saban puts all of his coaches off limits to the media during the season. But Kiffin was nominated as the top assistant coach of the year and spoke yesterday. And he made a Nick Saban’s short joke. Which is vintage Lane Kiffin. I’ve never heard anyone who works for Nick Saban make fun of Nick Saban for anything. I’ve never really heard Saban make a joke. 

But Kiffin went ahead and made a short joke and now he’s going to be promptly executed upon his return to Tuscaloosa. 

I’ve always thought Kiffin’s biggest issue as a coach was that he had no clue how to talk to the media because he lacks all comprehension for what’s going to be a story. Or how what he says will be construed. He’s just kind of clueless when it comes to social cues, the Mark Zuckerberg of college football, a guy who is more comfortable designing offensive plays and manipulating match-ups than he is actually interacting with people.

Having said that, anyone who has seen what Kiffin is capable of with Jonathan Crompton at Tennessee and a first year starting quarterback in Blake Sims has to acknowledge that he’s a hell of an offensive mind when all he has to focus on is the offense. That’s why I wanted to talk with him after the SEC title game. Kiffin said he couldn’t talk and then promptly stood off to the side as the Tide celebrated its title, attempting not to draw attention to himself while simultaneously drawing more attention to himself in the process, it’s what Lane Kiffin does.  


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