Lane Kiffin is just one year into his second stint as an SEC football head coach, taking over Ole Miss in 2020. The Rebels are not quite national title contenders yet, but he's not afraid to throw some serious barbs at his more accomplished colleagues.
Nick Saban, Kiffin's former boss, is both the subject of jokes and plenty of praise from the feisty Rebs coach. While he likes to poke some fun at the Alabama legend, he has also very clearly credited him with having a huge role in the rehabilitation of his career. After a few years as OC under Saban, Kiffin landed the head job at FAU and then Ole Miss. Saban's "coach rehab" has turned into a whole thing after Kiffin's success, with guys like Mike Locksley and Steve Sarkisian, former Power Five school flameouts, landing jobs at the highest level after working for Saban.
Kirby Smart took a more direct path to the Georgia job. In 2014-15, when Kiffin was the Crimson Tide OC, Smart led the team's defense. He came over from the Miami Dolphins staff with Saban in 2007, beginning as assistant head coach and defensive backs coach, before being promoted to defensive coordinator the following year. He held that post until 2015, when his alma mater UGA came calling.
Smart may have the most talented program of any of Saban's former lieutenants, but he hasn't had any more success against his former boss than the rest of them. Georgia is 0-4 against Alabama since 2015, with losses in the 2017-18 national championship and the 2018 SEC Championship mixed in there. A few days after Father's Day, Lane Kiffin decided to do some trolling of his old coworker Kirby Smart with quite the photoshop.
Kiffin is also looking for his first win against Saban, of course. In 2009, his Tennessee Vols lost a close one to the Crimson Tide, 12-10. Last year, the Rebels fell in a shootout, 63-48. Nick Saban is an incredible 23-0 against his former assistants through the years, a group that also features guys like Jimbo Fisher at Texas A&M, and in recent years, Oregon's Mario Cristobal and now Sarkisian at Texas. One has to imagine that mark will fall at some point, but it is a truly incredible number. [
— Lane Kiffin (@Lane_Kiffin) June 22, 2021