Nick Saban makes his opinion clear on building Lane Kiffin’s roster

TUSCALOOSA, AL – SEPTEMBER 26: Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban and offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin converse against the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 26, 2015 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Nick Saban is impressed with the work his former offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin has done as head coach of the Ole Miss Rebels – particularly in the transfer portal department.

Kiffin has been dubbed the “Portal King” – bringing in several big name transfers during his time with the Rebels program.

Saban praised Kiffin’s ability to build a high-quality roster seemingly overnight.

“I think it creates a lot of parity in how quickly you can rebuild a team,” the Alabama head coach said during a Wednesday press conference.

“I think you could go through all the teams we play with and they have important players who came from the transfer portal,” he added. “And Ole Miss certainly has important players. LSU had some important players last week who improved their team. It’s almost like you can only build your team in the draft or is there such a thing as free agency now in college football? For years, NFL teams have used those two things to help build their teams, and I think some teams do. Some teams probably need to do that more than others.”

Kiffin landed 17 transfers ahead of the 2022 season, including five-star players Zach Evans and Jaxson Dart.

The one-loss Rebels earned a No. 11 spot in this week’s college football playoff standings. Two-game Alabama is in 9th place.

Saban and Kiffin will square off in a highly anticipated SEC match this weekend at Oxford.


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