Lane Kiffin has thrown some barbs at his old boss Nick Saban since his departure from Alabama. However, it's pretty clear that he has a lot of admiration for the legendary coach.
“The way I look at it is, as long as I’m healthy and as long as I feel that I can do a good job, I want to keep doing it because I enjoy doing it,” Saban said. “What I don’t want to do is just stay forever, forever and forever and ride the program down where I’m not creating value. I would never want to do that, and I think I’m a long ways from doing that. I don’t want to talk about anybody else, but there have been a couple of coaches where their legacy was tarnished by them maybe doing it longer than they should have. That won’t be me.”
So it doesn't sound like Nick Saban is going anywhere anytime soon. Unless you're incredibly worried about Alabama not inking the nation's top class on National Signing Day for the first time in years, he's clearly still at the top of his game.
While not allegedly predicting the biggest upset in NCAA Tournament history, Lane Kiffin has been doing some media rounds this week. He was on ESPN 104.5 in Baton Rouge's Off the Benchshow this morning, and commented on the Saban article.
Lane Kiffin thinks Nick Saban has at least 10 more years at Alabama.
He went as far to compare Saban to Tom Brady, in terms of longevity. Via CBS Sports:
"It could be a record-type thing," Kiffin said. "This could be another 10 years. This is going to sound strange ... but kind of like Tom Brady as a player, he's taken care of himself. Coach is extremely healthy, takes care of himself. People are supposed to kind of lose things as they get up there in age, but he doesn't at all. He doesn't slow down. He drives himself. He works harder than anyone else in the building, whether it is the 25-year-old or not.
"Him thinking of stopping is only because it is by choice. If he wanted to," Kiffin said. "He isn't going to slow down. He's going to continue to be the best recruiter in the country. That's the No. 1 reason he went. Every Saturday they play, they have better players than the other sideline, and it's usually not even close. They had better players, by far, even in the national championship."
Last year, Saban inked a new deal that keeps him at Alabama through 2024. He is currently 66, but it definitely doesn't seem crazy that he could stick with it for another 10 years based on how his first 10 in Tuscaloosa have gone.