Former Alabama OC, Lane Kiffin, considers Nick Saban to be family

Despite being one of the brightest minds in college football and only in his mid-30s, Lane Kiffin’s career started to get away from him.

After a tumultuous two-year stint with the Oakland Raiders, a one-and-done season with the Tennessee Volunteers and getting fired at 3:14 a.m. on the tarmac at LAX after a 1-3 start with USC, Kiffin was at rock bottom. Across seven seasons with these three teams, each departure worse than the last, Kiffin was 40-36 as a head coach and, to some schools, was viewed as untouchable. That is until Nick Saban came into the picture.

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The same season he was let go by the Trojans, Kiffin joined the Alabama staff in December to help with the offense in the postseason. Less than a month later, Kiffin took over the OC position after the departure of then-Alabama OC, Doug Nussmeier.

In his first of three seasons with the Tide, Kiffin was a key piece in Alabama’s playoff run while also being a finalist for the Broyles Award which goes to the top assistant in CFB. Saban’s gamble paid off, a tale of what was to come for guys like Butch Jones and Steve Sarkisian.

Kiffin has since revived a poor Florida Atlantic program and led Ole Miss to a 23-13 record over the past three seasons with a 10-win season and Sugar Bowl appearance in 2021. However, Kiffin never forgot where he came from and who gave him his shot.

If you scroll through Twitter on a college football Saturday, you will see Kiffin making “rat poison” jokes or joking around at Jimbo Fisher’s expense and it’s evident that Tuscaloosa has a special place in his heart. On Sirius XM radio recently, Kiffin spoke of his relationship with Saban saying, “He’s like a family member where I can joke about him, but if someone else does, it really pisses me off.”

Roll Tide Wire will continue to follow both Nick Saban and Lane Kiffin in 2023.

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