Nick Saban appears to explain a** chewing he gave to Lane Kiffin on radio show
On Thursday, Alabama head coach Nick Saban spoke during his weekly radio show. The subject of the animated exchange between himself and offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin was brought up.
Per the Times Daily’s Alex Byington, Saban responded to a question about his impact as a coach, but he switched gears and appeared to clarify the a**-chewing he gave Lane Kiffin.
“We just think of things in a little different way. Look, I’m coaching the team for 60 minutes in a game, and I believe you should do what you do in the last 2 minutes in a game if you’re ahead 35 points, or if you’re ahead 5 points — that’s what you should be doing in the game because that’s what’s preparing your team to do it when the time comes later on. And when we’re not doing that and I get a little upset about it, so be it. I really don’t care.
“You’ve got to have trust in everybody in your organization, but you also have to have everybody being obedient, and that doesn’t mean you don’t have input, it doesn’t mean that your opinion isn’t valued, but when decisions and things get made, they have to be done a certain way. And there’s got to be a chain of command, and that’s the way it’s going to be. I think everybody understands that, but sometimes it comes out the wrong way.”
Here’s the video:
Nick Saban rips into Lane Kiffin 😳. Whoa. pic.twitter.com/IDycPI1Iau
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) September 10, 2016
It’s certainly not the first time Saban ripped into Kiffin on the sidelines, and it likely won’t be the last. But I’m not sure there’ll be another one as widely viewed as this one.
The reality is that Kiffin has been masterful coordinating Alabama’s offense, and Saban certainly knows that.