TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Lane Kiffin is out as Alabama’s offensive coordinator.
Alabama coach Nick Saban announced Monday morning that Kiffin will not be with the team for the national championship game vs. Clemson. Steve Sarkisian will coach the Crimson Tide’s offense.
Saban called it a “mutual decision.” Kiffin appeared on Paul Finebaum’s radio show Monday afternoon to speak about his departure from the Crimson Tide.
Here are the highlights from Kiffin’s time on Finebaum:
- Coach and I spent some time today and last night after we got back from Atlanta. I thought it would be easier to manage both jobs than it was. I felt we didn’t play well in the last game. I saw Kirby Smart do it last year. You think it’s easier than it is to do both jobs, but it’s not. You’re always thinking about both things. As we (Saban and I) discussed it, we felt Sark would be the best guy to give us the best chance to win. It’s the best thing for the players at this time for Sark to call the game. I want these guys to win and they deserve to have the best.
- On if Nick Saban forced him out: There’s no truth to that. We just felt like Sark would give us the best chance to win. It’s an easy transition. I’m in support of that.
- On the timing of the move: I can’t worry about that. Maybe 10 years ago, I would have thought about that. Now I just want what’s best for the players. There’s always stuff out there like ‘last year was going to be the last year.’ That obviously wasn’t true. We have a job to finish. I want these guys to win.
- On ESPN’s report of being late to meetings, other aspects leading to firing:Yeah, that’s not true. The missing the bus thing, the media was there. I was doing the interviews I was supposed to do. I walked out and the bus had already left. They had cars there for us so that got blown up bigger than it should have. If you look at the game, I said all week that Washington had a really good defense. They didn’t give up a lot of plays all year. The plan going in was Bo Scarbrough would carry it more than anybody on our team. We didn’t want to turn the ball over. That’s why we were more conservative. We didn’t want to run the quarterback much either so he wouldn’t get hurt.
- On how he’d describe his time it Alabama: Awesome. We won three straight SEC championships. No one has done that in a while. When we signed the papers three years ago, I don’t think anyone would have thought it would have gone this well. We had a player win SEC Offensive Player of the Week each week. It was a great run. Now we have one more game to go and finish this thing.