Alabama's Nick Saban to new FAU head coach Lane Kiffin: Get out

So, remember this?

Nick Saban served up a big can of whoop-butt to offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin on the sidelines during Alabama's 38-10 victory against Western Kentucky on Sept. 10.

Saban said it was the most "disappointed" he's ever been after a win. The Crimson Tide committed 12 penalties, rushed for fewer than 3.3 yards per carry and fumbled late to set up Western Kentucky's only touchdown.

Nick Saban didn't sugar coat things when asked about the argument he had on the sidelines with Lane Kiffin.

— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 11, 2016

Well, apparently something similar happened again.

Kiffin, the new head coach at Florida Atlantic, planned to remain as Alabama's offensive coordinator through the College Football Playoffs, including the national championship game on Jan. 9 against Clemson at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla.

Instead, Kiffin is out. Alabama anounced Monday that Steve Sarkisian will assume coordinator duties effective immediately. Nick Saban said in a statement:

"This wasn't an easy decision and we appreciate the way Lane handled this in terms of doing what is best for our team. At the end of the day, both of us wanted to put our players in the best position to be successful. Obviously, we are in a unique situation here where we have our next offensive coordinator already on staff. We have full confidence that Sark will step in right away and make this a smooth transition."

So what happened? Kiffin put it this way to ESPN: "I would say Sark manages people better than I do."

In the statement released by Alabama, Kiffin added:

"After going through these last couple of weeks, trying to serve the best interests of two universities as an offensive coordinator and a head coach, it became apparent that both programs would be better served by me giving all my time and efforts to being the head coach at FAU. After meeting with Coach Saban during preparations last night and this morning, we mutually decided that it was in everyone’s best interests for the players and the program for Coach Sarkisian to take over all responsibilities as offensive coordinator for the championship game. This was a very difficult decision, but it’s a decision made in the best interests of the program. I look forward to helping Alabama win another championship, and would like to thank Coach Saban, the staff, and all the players and fans for the past three years at UA for an unforgettable time and championship run. Roll Tide!”

Twitter had a field day with possible explanations:

Lane Kiffin Achievement Unlocked: Get fired from a job you've already quit

— Rodger Sherman (@rodger_sherman) January 2, 2017

BREAKING: Exclusive leaked video of Saban's final meeting with Lane Kiffin ths morning-#CFBPlayoff

— Alex Kirby (@AlexJKirby) January 2, 2017

Lane Kiffin Achievement Unlocked: Get fired from a job you've already quit

— Rodger Sherman (@rodger_sherman) January 2, 2017

Lane Kiffin departures:
*Al Davis slide show in Oak
*Press conf circus at UT
*Left at airport at USC
*Booted before nat’l title game at Bama

— David Hale (@DavidHaleESPN) January 2, 2017

Lane Kiffin's is going in reverse: Normally you start at FAU, get a OC job at Bama, move onto HC at Tennessee THEN go to NFL

— trey wingo (@wingoz) January 2, 2017

Sometimes winning comes second to who you're working for. #OWLin #FAUFootball

— Lane Kiffin (@CoachLaneFAU) January 2, 2017

Lane Kiffin is college football's version of Craig from Friday. Fired on his day off and totally the guy that would steal boxes from his job

— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) January 2, 2017

In a news release, FAU said it is unclear when Kiffin will rejoin the Owls. But it is clear that before his first day at FAU, Kiffin also has some work to do repairing his reputation. At least on Twitter.

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