Here's what caused that fiery sideline blowup.
Remember that Nick Saban-Lane Kiffin sideline fight?
It happened late in the fourth quarter of Alabama's 38-10 win over Western Kentucky last September.
Saban said after the game that it was an "ass chewing" and not an "argument."
Here it was:
We now know what caused it.
Phil Savage, the executive director of the Senior Bowl, is writing a book. In the book, he reveals what Kiffin said to make Saban go crazy.
Neither Saban nor Kiffin said publicly what caused the dustup, which occurred after a careless Alabama fumble led to a Western Kentucky touchdown in garbage time. Savage writes that Kiffin said into his headset "dumb players make dumb plays," which all the Crimson Tide coaches heard. Saban snapped back with "no, dumb offensive coordinators call dumb plays." There were probably a few expletives left out.
Kiffin left Alabama for Florida Atlantic University before the Crimson Tide's run at the national title game.