Lane Kiffin Just Addressed The Nick Saban “Cheating” Allegations

first_imgNick Saban and Lane Kiffin talking into their headsets.TUSCALOOSA, AL – SEPTEMBER 26: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide 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 and Alabama’s football program were accused of cheating by a rival anonymous coach in an annual survey on the country’s most-underrated and most-overrated coaches, compiled by CBS Sports.“If you had the No. 1 recruiting class in the country every year [you’d win like Nick Saban]. He shows up at every single game with a better roster than the teams he ‘s playing. … If you count cheating and getting the best players in the country as part of running a program, he’s the best in the country. It’s like saying an NFL coach is the best coach in the league if he gets 25 first-round picks every year,” the anonymous coach said.Nick Saban both dominates the recruiting cycle and the college football season. It’s not surprising that other coaches would be jealous of his success.But does he cheat to attain that success?Lane Kiffin says no.The FAU head coach, who worked under Saban in Tuscaloosa for several seasons, appeared on Colin Cowherd’s radio show this afternoon. He addressed the “cheating” allegations.Kiffin says all Nick Saban does is work harder than everyone else.“He’s the best recruiter in the world because of the time he spends,” Kiffin told Cowherd. “He’s on the phone with recruits every single day. At night he has a list of recruits he’s personally calling himself.”“The only cheating they do is he works harder than everybody else.”Alabama’s 2019 class is ranked No. 2 in the country. The Crimson Tide’s 2018 team is opening the year No. 1 in both of the preseason polls.last_img read more

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ESPN Names College Football’s No. 1 Transfer QB

first_imgKirk Herbstreit on the set of ESPN's College GameDayNEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 23: GameDay host Kirk Herbstreit is seen during ESPN’s College GameDay show at Times Square on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)This year’s college football offseason can certainly be deemed the offseason of the high-level transfer quarterback.From Jalen Hurts’ move from Alabama to Oklahoma, to Tate Martell’s move from Ohio State to Miami to Justin Fields’ move from Georgia to Ohio State, we’ve had a ton of movement at the quarterback position.Which move will end up being the most-impactful?ESPN has released its new quarterback transfer power rankings.According to the Worldwide Leader, the most-important move was Jalen Hurts’ transfer from Alabama to Oklahoma.1. Jalen Hurts (Alabama to Oklahoma)The past two quarterbacks who transferred to Oklahoma — Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray — won the Heisman Trophy and guided the Sooners to the College Football Playoff. Those two are considered stronger passers than Hurts, but he wasn’t the first freshman to start at quarterback for Nick Saban by accident. Hurts went 26-2 as a starter, set an Alabama quarterback record with 23 rushing touchdowns and came off the bench to save the Tide in a 35-28 victory over Georgia in the 2018 SEC championship game. Few coaches handle quarterbacks better than OU’s Lincoln Riley, and there’s enough talent returning for Hurts to have big success in his only season with the Sooners.It’s hard to argue with that.Hurts, of course, is a former starting quarterback at Alabama, where he led the Crimson Tide to multiple national title games. He lost his starting job to Tua Tagovailoa, but played well in backup duty for Nick Saban’s program.Oklahoma has had some serious success with transfer quarterbacks in the past, as both Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray transferred into the Sooners’ program.It wouldn’t be too surprising if another transfer quarterback (Justin Fields at Ohio State, Jacob Eason at Washington) ends up having a better season than Hurts, though.last_img read more

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