Lane Kiffin is back in the SEC and he’s quickly working to try and restore Ole Miss to national prominence. But reaching that level will require him to be a competitive recruiter against one of the nation’s best: Alabama head coach Nick Saban.
Kiffin recently noted on The Paul Finebaum Show that one of the biggest differences between how he and Saban approach recruiting. He stated that he likes texting and using social media to get in touch with players.
But when asked if Saban – who does not use social media – would ever get on board with that method of recruiting, Kiffin laughed it off.
Via Saturday Down South:
“I don’t know, I don’t see it happening. I’m still working on getting him to text,” Kiffin joked.
Finebaum couldn’t believe Saban doesn’t text, so Kiffin continued.
“He does not text,” Kiffin commented. “I think Twitter is a long ways down the road before we get to that for Coach.”
Having outlined a major difference in their approaches, Saban was naturally asked to give a response. It didn’t take long for Saban to give his thoughts on the matter.
Speaking to the media yesterday, Saban conceded that there is a generational gap between him and Kiffin. He explained that he was raised to communicate by talking.
“There’s obviously a generational gap between the two of us. The way I grew up communicating was talking.”
"There's obviously a generational gap between the two of us. The way I grew up communicating was talking."
Of course I had to ask coach about it… 🤣 pic.twitter.com/sT6RYItC9N
— Simone Eli (@SimoneEli_TV) February 5, 2020
Kiffin certainly seemed to like Saban’s response. He took to Twitter earlier today to retweet the Saban video and add a measure of respect too.
— Lane Kiffin (@Lane_Kiffin) February 6, 2020
It’s been over a decade since Nick Saban and Lane Kiffin were adversaries on the football field. But now that Kiffin is the head coach at Ole Miss, they’ll be facing off with a lot of regularity.
We’ll get to see if years of coaching against and alongside Saban will give Kiffin any sort of edge over the legendary coach.