Lane Kiffin Claims He’s Not Coaching Next Week For The Kids
Lane Kiffin's suspiciously early departure from Alabama's sideline to Florida Atlantic's top coaching spot wreaks of behind-the-scenes drama. After all, reports have surfaced that Kiffin had essentially checked out as the Crimson Tide's offensive coordinator -- showing up late to meetings and a CFP press event -- and it's not hard to imagine how a lame duck would feel less than enthused about his final week at work. Similarly, it's even easier to imagine a notorious hard-ass like Nick Saban dumping a notoriously easy-to-fire Kiffin the week of the
College Football Playoff National Championship. Alas, they're both denying this is the case, because of course they are.
But Kiffin took his explanation one step further on Monday morning, telling "Mike & Mike" he could've coached in the title game against Clemson if he wanted to.
"If I wanted to coach this game, I would have coached this game. I just thought that it wasn't the best thing for the players."
"I didn't want to have that feeling that if it was and we lost the game because I wasn't 100% focused or players -- I didn't put them in a position to win -- I couldn't live with that, not with these kids and how hard they worked to get to this point. So still helping in every way that I can, you know, watching film, coming one ideas, all those things."
Soooo you're admitting that you totally should be helping Alabama (for the kids), but you're also admitting that you don't feel like investing yourself in helping enough to merit continuing your coaching duties so you're stepping away (for the kids)...but you're gonna try to be at the title game in the press box (for the kids)...but not on the sidelines (because that's "illegal"? How...thoughtful?
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