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Thank you, Ole Miss ($$).
Lane Kiffin is gunning for Nick Saban.
It’s been nearly three years since Saban unceremoniously fired Kiffin, his offensive coordinator, two days after Alabama beat Washington in the 2016 College Football Playoff semifinal at the Peach Bowl. Saban fired Kiffin a week before the national championship game. Kiffin was embarrassed. Kiffin was angry. Kiffin hasn’t forgotten.
That dismissal fueled Kiffin’s desire to return to the SEC and a burning passion to exact revenge on Saban, multiple people with knowledge of the matter told The Athletic. Now that he’s the head coach at Ole Miss, he sees the chance to do so.
Damn, I’ve missed that side of Junior. (As a blogger, that is.) Welcome back, sport.
“We’ve always had sort of a mutual respect for how we sort of take each other’s people,” Saban said to Belichick of their relationship. “It’s one thing that I always try to emphasize to the guys: what I have a tough time with, aight, is we’ve had however many guys who have worked here who are at Georgia, Tennessee — whoever, wherever — is when they get those jobs, and in most cases you’ve helped them, is they have a hard time understanding why they can’t take your people.
“I’m gonna help you get a job, [only] so that you can take what I’ve tried to build here and destroy the continuity of what I have? It’s amazing how some of the assistants don’t understand why that’s not a good thing.”
Good thing for Nick Saban, that is. And I have a feeling Smart and Pruitt understand exactly why.
It’s gonna be a fun December for Nick Saban.
As Alabama was making appearances in each of the first five College Football Playoff extravaganzas, players across the country started electing not to play in postseason games that didn’t have a national championship at stake.
Former LSU running back Leonard Fournette, former Auburn cornerback Carlton Davis and former Georgia cornerback Deandre Baker were among the notable Southeastern Conference players who elected to bypass bowl games and get a head start on their NFL preparation. Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide didn’t have to concern themselves with such departures, but that won’t be the case in the weeks ahead.
Alabama didn’t qualify for this year’s playoff and instead will play Michigan in the Citrus Bowl on New Year’s Day.
“I’m sure that guys are going to make individual decisions based on their circumstance and their situation,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said Sunday. “What we want to focus on are the guys who want to look to the future and look to try to improve themselves as players and to improve our team in getting back to the standard that we want to play to.
“This is something that has been a bit of an issue in the past with other programs. We will have those conversations, and we will let you know if any of those decisions are imminent.”
Oh, they’re imminent, alright. Thing is, Saban’s not wrong about this:
“When you have guys who don’t play in bowl games and they do play in the playoffs, that in itself tells you the view of the players in terms of how they look at the bowl game. We have made everything about the playoffs in college football.”
Obviously, there’s only one fix for that. More cowbell!
Tua, pondering his immediate future, tells Herbstreit, “You’ve got to change and be thinking as a businessman. You’ve got to make business decisions.”
At least he doesn’t have to make a business decision about missing the bowl game.
Really, just two outstanding comments yesterday from leaders of young men:
Of the two, I’m leaning towards Dabo’s being the more obnoxious. I mean, at least Saban was lashing out after losing a game his team really should have won, being on the receiving end of bad officiating (so much for that theory) and being outcoached by Gus on the play that ended the night for ‘Bama.
Dabo’s was simply pure, gratuitous whining for the sake of whining. It doesn’t even make sense based on how the season played out. What a dick.
As we like to say here at the blog, “probably” is doing a shit ton of work there.