Saban to ESPN: 'I can't believe there's been any reaction' to Kiffin helping Alabama brainstorm

Alabama coach Nick Saban, left, shakes hands with Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin after the top-ranked Crimson Tide beat the Vols 12-10 in an NCAA college football game at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009.

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Alabama coach Nick Saban, left, shakes hands with Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin after the top-ranked Crimson Tide beat the Vols 12-10 in an NCAA college football game at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009. (Associated Press)

Alabama's Nick Saban has frequently said that he never stops trying to improve himself as a coach or his team as a whole.

With that in mind, Saban told ESPN's Alex Scarborough that he can't see what the big deal is about him bringing in former Tennessee and Southern Cal coach Lane Kiffin to help come up with ideas for the Crimson Tide's offense.

"I can't believe there's been any reaction to it," Saban told ESPN, explaining that he's had other coaches come swap ideas in the past, including the staff at Oklahoma, Alabama's Jan. 2 Sugar Bowl opponent.

Kiffin was largely seen as an offensive genius in his years as Southern Cal's offensive coordinator, which lead to stints as coach of the Oakland Raiders, Vols and Trojans.

Unfortunately for Kiffin, it was the proficiency of the opponent's offense that resulted first in him having to awkwardly part ways with his father, Monte, who served as his defensive coordinator at Tennessee and through last season with Southern Cal, and eventually led to his own firing after the Trojans were blown out by Arizona State earlier this season, 62-41.

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Caneoverthere writes:

Offensive genius......really? Based upon what...exactly....exactly?

Isn't that like calling Ted Cruz brilliant?

atnvol#283282 writes:

in response to Caneoverthere:

Offensive genius......really? Based upon what...exactly....exactly?

Isn't that like calling Ted Cruz brilliant?

Evidently it is something that Nick has seen....and I think he might have a little better knack for this than you.

stevefromjasper writes:

Saban may still be obsessed with that game at Tuscaloosa when Kiffin was within one play of taking a team with inferior talent and defeating the #1 ranked Crimson Tide.

stevefromjasper writes:

Look at that picture. How tall is Saban - about 5'3" ?

snowpeapod#263184 writes:

Does this mean that Saban spends an unusual amount of time reading govols.com? I wouldn't think anyone not on board with the VOL NATION would care what Saban thought concerning a twice fired coach. IMO.

brewlocal writes:

Saban and Kiffin use the same agent, Jimmy Sexton. Sexton just used the Texas situation to squeeze more money out of Alabama and then a few days later the unemployed Kiffin gets to go hang out with Saban. This is payback to Sexton now to help that little pimple Kiffin get a job. Look at the press he is getting and some moron someplace is going to hire him based on the fact Saban is anointing him with credibility.

cltvol writes:

Kiffin did a great job turning around UT offense and improvement of Crompton. He's got a track record for offense. Not so much for leading a program. Saban knows what he is doing.

Goodgriefcharliebrown writes:

KNS staff should go back to school or at least have someone edit their copy and teach them the difference between led and lead. Pathetic. What's more pathetic is that anyone would care what these people are doing. You fans are worse than comic book geeks who dress up as Batman or one of the Marvel comic characters. It's pathetic. Get a life.

TommyJack writes:

in response to stevefromjasper:

Look at that picture. How tall is Saban - about 5'3" ?

Yeah, but when he stands on his wallet he's 6'7".

ButchB writes:

They are a good pair. You can't take either on at their word and believe them.

WaitUntilNextYear writes:

The devil and kiffboy scumbag compulsive liar. Al Davis is laughing in his grave. He wrote a letter to Vol nation that the co-dependents discounted.
If Kiffboy was such an offensive genius how did he take a number 1 quarterback in the nation in Barkley and destroy his Heisman hopes. He didn't turn UT's offense around. What a myth. How about that loss to UCLA when he tried to run up the middle 4 times in a row on the goal line and lost the game, UCLA only had two All-American defense tackles that whipped our line. How about the Bama game where he had Montario running downhill and had the mullets on their heels and he lets the clock waste over a minute and then has Lincoln attempt a field goal for the win with a leg injury when he could have put them away. History on the block.
How about Ole Miss when the Vols were eviscerated with no offense. Kiffin was a scam that Hamilton allowed to destroy the program. Kiffboy did have the last winning season on RockyTop with Coach Fulmers players. Kiffboy is like an STD, he just keeps on giving. Looking at 5-7 at best next year.
The devil Saban is just doing this to spool up the SEC in mind games. Hopefully, he will announce Doofus as his receiver coach next year.

TommyJack writes:

in response to WaitUntilNextYear:

The devil and kiffboy scumbag compulsive liar. Al Davis is laughing in his grave. He wrote a letter to Vol nation that the co-dependents discounted.
If Kiffboy was such an offensive genius how did he take a number 1 quarterback in the nation in Barkley and destroy his Heisman hopes. He didn't turn UT's offense around. What a myth. How about that loss to UCLA when he tried to run up the middle 4 times in a row on the goal line and lost the game, UCLA only had two All-American defense tackles that whipped our line. How about the Bama game where he had Montario running downhill and had the mullets on their heels and he lets the clock waste over a minute and then has Lincoln attempt a field goal for the win with a leg injury when he could have put them away. History on the block.
How about Ole Miss when the Vols were eviscerated with no offense. Kiffin was a scam that Hamilton allowed to destroy the program. Kiffboy did have the last winning season on RockyTop with Coach Fulmers players. Kiffboy is like an STD, he just keeps on giving. Looking at 5-7 at best next year.
The devil Saban is just doing this to spool up the SEC in mind games. Hopefully, he will announce Doofus as his receiver coach next year.

Wasn't it the Kiffster who said Taj Boyd wouldn't fit our system?

BOS1989 writes:

With A.J. McCarron, T. J. Yeldon on your team, I don't think Saban needs any help with the offense. It would be plausible if Saban brought in a Special Teams consultant, and Kiffin isn't the one to help out there. There were four missed field goals with one returned for a TD in the Auburn game, which cost the Tide a shot at another national championship.

murrayvol writes:

in response to stevefromjasper:

Look at that picture. How tall is Saban - about 5'3" ?

in heels.

murrayvol writes:

in response to brewlocal:

Saban and Kiffin use the same agent, Jimmy Sexton. Sexton just used the Texas situation to squeeze more money out of Alabama and then a few days later the unemployed Kiffin gets to go hang out with Saban. This is payback to Sexton now to help that little pimple Kiffin get a job. Look at the press he is getting and some moron someplace is going to hire him based on the fact Saban is anointing him with credibility.

Worked for Dooley.

murrayvol writes:

in response to TommyJack:

Yeah, but when he stands on his wallet he's 6'7".

That's a walkoff.

murrayvol writes:

Saban sez - "I can't believe there's any reaction" Really? I can't believe he can't believe it.

murrayvol writes:

in response to TommyJack:

Wasn't it the Kiffster who said Taj Boyd wouldn't fit our system?

Didn't like Petty either. Swell judge of offensive chops.

Slats writes:

Kiffin is an obnoxious loser! People like him no one needs!

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