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Here's What Lane Kiffin Said About Leaving Alabama Before The Title Game

Lane Kiffin appeared on The Paul Finebaum Show this afternoon to discuss his departure from Alabama.

Paul Finebaum talked with Lane Kiffin this afternoon, regarding the now-former Alabama offensive coordinator's departure from the Crimson Tide prior to the national title game.

Kiffin echoed what Nick Saban said earlier, saying that it was a mutual decision that was made because it's best for the players. Kiffin, now the head coach at Florida Atlantic, said it was tougher than he imagined to juggle both that job and the Crimson Tide's play-calling duties.

Steve Sarkisian, Kiffin's replacement at Alabama, will call the plays against Clemson next Monday night.

"(Sarkisian) would probably give us the best chance to win, because 100 percent of his mind, all day long, is on the game," Kiffin said said. "It's the best thing for the players at this time."

Kiffin also addressed this report from ESPN's Brett McMurphy.

Kiffin said the report is "not true."

"The missing the bus thing - the media was there, we were sitting there at media day, I was doing every interview I was supposed to do, and I walked out and the bus wasn't there," he said. "That got kind of blown up."

He also addressed Alabama's offensive struggles in the Peach Bowl against Washington.

"I think people forget - that's a really good defense."

The interview concluded with Kiffin summarizing his time under Saban in Tuscaloosa.

"Awesome," he said. "It's been an awesome run."