Alabama is the No. 2 team in the country, and the college football world is focusing on their leader, head coach Nick Saban.
Saban and first-year offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin were profiled on ESPN’s College Gameday.
The segment focused on the unlikely pairing of the intense perfectionism of Saban with the brash, cocky Kiffin. ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi asked Saban what many fans have wondered – why did he hire Lane Kiffin, who has been fired or left in controversial fashion everywhere he has coached?
“Because I thought he was the best coach available to do what we needed to get done here,” Saban said with characteristic lack of finesse.
“We’re the same in that we’re both very competitive,” Saban continued. “I think that we both do pay attention to detail.”
Kiffin will be coaching from the sidelines in Alabama’s first game of the 2014 season, against the West Virginia Mountaineers.
For his part, Kiffin understands that he’s not the lead dog in Tuscaloosa, and that he was hired to coach, not provide good copy for the press.
“We already met this morning,” Kiffin says in the video, “so he made sure I didn’t say anything that would be on the ticker today.”
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