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During a Q&A with the Anniston Star, Alabama Athletic Director Bill Battle said his first reaction of Lane Kiffin 'wasn’t very positive.' Here is what he had to say:
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Q: What were your thoughts on the hiring of Lane Kiffin as the offensive coordinator?

A: My first reaction, because I didn’t know Lane, wasn’t very positive. I talked to Coach Saban about it. He asked me if I had ever met him and I said no. He said, "Why don’t you meet him?" He had him in for a visit, I spent about an hour with him and I was very impressed. I followed up and talked to several different people. I called (athletics director) Pat Haden at Southern California. I talked to David Blackbird, who’s the AD at UT-Chattanooga. David was the compliance officer for football at Tennessee when Lane was there. They both told me that they thought he would be a great fit here, and I got really comfortable with it. Now that I’ve spent a fair amount of time with Lane, I’m really impressed. Our players are impressed and I think our coaches are impressed with how he’s gone about things. I think he’ll be very successful here.
Battle was a three-year starter at Alabama between 1960-62 and was a member of Paul “Bear” Bryant’s first national championship team in 1961. He was hired as Alabama's AD in March of 2013.
Filed Under: SEC Football
Originally published on SECRant.com

Comments

5 Comments
His Last Reaction won’t be Positive Either
Reply38 months
Everybody loves a scapegoat
Reply38 months
Pat Haden and David Blackbird are secretly laughing at Battle.

Yes, Bill, we think he will be an excellent hire. LOL
Reply38 months
"I followed up and talked to several different people. I called (athletics director) Pat Haden at Southern California. I talked to David Blackbird, who’s the AD at UT-Chattanooga. David was the compliance officer for football at Tennessee when Lane was there. They both told me that they thought he would be a great fit here"


I bet they did...
Reply38 months
You should always go with your initial gut reaction. Looks like Kiffin the used car dealer got his hooks in another one.
Reply38 months
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