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December 18, 2013

Saban: ‘There were no talks’ with Texas

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. —

“I kind of miss the little bugger if you want to know the truth about it.”

TIDE BITS: Former Southern California and Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin, a onetime rival, has been visiting with Tide coaches this week in Tuscaloosa. It’s a common practice for Alabama — even Oklahoma’s staff has come to town — and Saban said he’s not sure why that would cause any stir.

“Lane is a really good offensive coach, and I’ve always had a tremendous amount of respect for him,” Saban said. “Just to come in and brainstorm a little bit just some professional ideas with our guys, I think, is a real positive thing. And I don’t know why there’s any reaction to it. I’m really quite surprised.”

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