Lane Kiffin and Nick Saban didn’t always see eye-to-eye when Kiffin was working as an assistant under Saban at Alabama. In fact, there were a couple of infamous “ass-chewings” given to Kiffin by his then-boss.

Now, Kiffin is the head coach at Ole Miss and is preparing to face the Crimson Tide on Saturday. There has been some playful back-and-forth between the 2 coaches, but on Wednesday, Saban had plenty of praise for Kiffin, too.

During his Wednesday press conference, Saban said he thinks Kiffin has done a good job as a head coach and he always thought Kiffin would be a good head coach:

Kiffin picked up his first win at Ole Miss last week in a thriller over Kentucky. Can he become the first former Saban assistant to beat him?

That 20-0 record is daunting, but Kiffin has a good team in Oxford this year. We’ll see what happens on Saturday night.