Lane Kiffin comes to defense of former boss Nick Saban: 'The only cheating they do is that he just works harder'
An anonymous coach recently claimed that Nick Saban cheats during recruiting, which is the reason why Alabama consistently bring in the best players from around the country.
Lane Kiffin worked under Kiffin for three years. He saw first-hand exactly how the recruiting process works for the Crimson Tide. And he came to the defense of his former boss during an appearance on “The Herd” with Colin Cowherd on Thursday.
“It’s like cheating because he has better players than everyone. Well, they didn’t just walk onto campus and through the doors. He spent time getting them,” Kiffin said. “He’s the best recruiter in the world because of the time that he spends. People joke, OK, he doesn’t have hobbies, he doesn’t really do anything else. Well you know what he does? He recruits. So when other coaches on Thursday night are going home or on the Fourth of July are actually doing something like a boat or fireworks, he’s on the phone with recruits.
“Every single day the entire offseason and during the season. At night he has a list of recruits that he’s personally calling himself. So he just flat outworks everyone else. I was there for three years, so for the people that say Alabama cheats at recruiting, the only cheating they do is that he just works harder than everybody else.”
Kiffin was the offensive coordinator at Alabama from 2014-16 before leaving to become the coach at Florida Atlantic.
For the full interview with Kiffin, watch below:
"He's the best recruiter in the world… for the people that say Alabama cheats in recruiting, the only cheating they do is Nick Saban just works harder than everybody else."@Lane_Kiffin on Nick Saban and Alabama's dominance in recruiting pic.twitter.com/1CUFyd1eqY
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) August 23, 2018