Lane Kiffin recently recalled how he got in trouble over a joke during his time with Alabama. Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Lane Kiffin made some questionable comments about his time working under Nick Saban just before he parted ways with Alabama, and very few people believe that was a coincidence. Kiffin isn’t exactly claiming it was, either.

In an appearance on “The Dan Le Batard Show” on ESPN Radio Monday, Kiffin was asked if he was happy at Alabama. The FAU coach admitted he faced many challenges in Tuscaloosa.

“I had a unique situation where for the first time my family didn’t come with me — my kids and my wife — so that made it, outside of the football part, not so fun because they were across the country,” Kiffin said, as transcribed by Saturday Down South. “That played into that. I think it would have been much more enjoyable had they come … Versus coming somewhere, where the only reason you are going there is to dive into football, to learn from Coach Saban and to win a bunch of games. And to have a blast on the field like we did. We went 40-3, so it was a good time (on the field).”

When Le Batard asked Kiffin how much of a toll coaching at Alabama took on him, he hinted that he created some issues for himself with a candid interview he gave to Sports Illustrated.

“I already got in trouble for that statement one time,” Kiffin said with a laugh. “When I called it the equivalent of dog years. I thought it was kinda funny at the time, but I guess not.”

Kiffin could have been referring to the media reaction, but we would not be surprised if Saban was irritated by some of the things he said. We already said prior to the National Championship Game that we believed the SI interview was one of the reasons Kiffin was fired so abruptly.

To say the relationship between Saban and Kiffin went stale would probably be an understatement.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

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Since 1936, the University of Alabama Crimson Tide have sent 50 players to the pros in the first round of the NFL draft. How many can you name?

Clue: Year-Draft Number-Position-Team

Score:
0/54
Time:
12:00
1936 - 2 BB - BOS
Riley Smith
1948 - 1 QB - WAS
Harry Gilmer
1948 - 4 FB - WAS
Lowell Tew
1948 - 5 C - BOS
Vaughn Mancha
1951 - 9 FB - PIT
Butch Avinger
1963 - 6 LB - DAL
Lee Roy Jordan
1965 - 12 QB - STL
Joe Namath
1967 - 26 LB - NOR
Les Kelley
1968 - 20 WR - DAL
Dennis Homan
1973 - 4 G - NWE
John Hannah
1974 - 9 RB - SFO
Wilbur Jackson
1976 - 6 QB - NYJ
Richard Todd
1978 - 18 T - NWE
Bob Cryder
1978 - 23 TE - CLE
Ozzie Newsome
1979 - 6 LB - BAL
Barry Krauss
1979 - 14 DE - NYJ
Marty Lyons
1980 - 21 DB - MIA
Don McNeal
1981 - 5 LB - STL
E.J. Junior
1983 - 16 DT - ATL
Mike Pitts
1985 - 25 LB - CIN
Emanuel King
1986 - 4 DE - IND
Jon Hand
1987 - 2 LB - IND
Cornelius Bennett
1989 - 4 LB - KAN
Derrick Thomas
1990 - 4 DE - TAM
Keith McCants
1993 - 5 DE - CIN
John Copeland
1993 - 6 DE - TAM
Eric Curry
1993 - 29 DB - GNB
George Teague
1994 - 9 DB - CLE
Antonio Langham
1997 - 20 LB - MIN
Dwayne Rudd
1999 - 26 DB - JAX
Fernando Bryant
2000 - 3 T - WAS
Chris Samuels
2000 - 19 RB - SEA
Shaun Alexander
2009 - 6 T - CIN
Andre Smith
2010 - 8 LB - OAK
Rolando McClain
2010 - 20 DB - HOU
Kareem Jackson
2011 - 3 DT - BUF
Marcell Dareus
2011 - 6 WR - ATL
Julio Jones
2011 - 25 T - SEA
James Carpenter
2011 - 28 RB - NOR
Mark Ingram
2012 - 3 RB - CLE
Trent Richardson
2012 - 7 DB - TAM
Mark Barron
2012 - 17 DB - CIN
Dre Kirkpatrick
2012 - 25 LB - NWE
Dont'a Hightower
2013 - 9 DB - NYJ
Dee Milliner
2013 - 10 G - TEN
Chance Warmack
2013 - 11 T - SDG
D.J. Fluker
2014 - 17 LB - BAL
C.J. Mosley
2014 - 21 DB - GNB
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
2015 - 4 WR - OAK
Amari Cooper
2016 - 18 C - IND
Ryan Kelly
2017 - 16 CB - BAL
Marlon Humphrey
2017 - 17 - DE - WAS
Jonathan Allen
2017 - 19 - TE - TAM
O.J. Howard
2017 - 31 - LB - SF
Reuben Foster
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