Lane Kiffin will get his first shot at his former boss Nick Saban on Saturday as Ole Miss hosts Alabama. While Saban is unbeaten against his former assistant coaches, the duel between Saban and Kiffin has been a major talking point heading into the weekend.
Kiffin was the offensive coordinator on Saban’s Alabama staff from 2014-16 before being let go by Alabama shortly after accepting the head coaching job at FAU.
The Ole Miss head coach isn’t the only coach in the SEC that comes from the Saban coaching tree. In fact, Kiffin shared on ‘The Paul Finebaum Show’ earlier this week that he’s a part of a group chat with Tennessee’s Jeremy Pruitt, South Carolina’s Will Muschamp, and Georgia’s Kirby Smart, all former assistant coaches under Saban.
During Pruitt’s weekly radio show on Wednesday, he actually was interrupted by a funny text he said he received from Kiffin in the group chat. Kiffin was asked about the exact text message he sent, but he, unfortunately, didn’t give any details to Finebaum.
“I must have said something that was funny, I don’t know,” Kiffin explained, when asked about it on Thursday’s ‘Paul Finebaum Show.’
Finebaum pressed him again about what all goes on in this group chat and while Kiffin kept the details pretty close to the vest, he threw in a great line at the end about all the coaches in the chat having something in common, having the same father.
“Sometimes it’s just ‘Hey, how are you guys doing with COVID’, or a practice idea or something like that…and sometimes it’s personal funny stuff, I guess. It’s an interesting group. Three good guys.
“We all have the same father.”
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) October 8, 2020
Kiffin’s Rebels will likely have their hands full on Saturday night with the Crimson Tide in town. Ole Miss’ offense has been very impressive so far this season, but its defense ranks dead last in the country in yards allowed.