Lane Kiffin on Nick Saban: 'I'm not really big on humiliating assistant coaches'

Lane Kiffin did not coach in the Crimson Tide's national championship game loss to Clemson. He's convinced the result would have been different if he had been on the sideline.

Lane Kiffin has been the head coach at Florida Atlantic for four months, but that hasn't stopped him from talking about Alabama coach — andformer employer —Nick Saban.

Kiffin, during a Wednesday interview with SiriusXM College Sports Nation, was asked whether he would talk to his assistants the same way Saban talked to him during his three-year tenure at Alabama.

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His answer may have provided a little more insight into their relationship.

"No, that's not really how I do it. (Former Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy) knows about those,"Kiffin said. "Those things come up, and everybody has different ways of dealing with them. It's just not really how I do it.I'm not really big on humiliating assistant coaches in front of everybody. I write down notes. In the staff meeting, I explain what we want to get done."

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Kiffin and Saban's relationship has been well-documented, right down to the former's premature resignation as Alabama's offensive coordinator. Saban, a notorious stickler for details and a dictator on the sidelines, has been known to give Kiffin "ass-chewings" in the middle of a crowded stadium.

Kiffin's stay at Alabama wasn't all bad: He led the Crimson Tide offense to record-breaking heights, helping the team to three consecutive SEC championship games, three College Football Playoff berths and a national title. But some things, it seems, still weight heavy on the former Alabama OC.

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