Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin made a splash this week ahead of his team’s game against Alabama on Saturday. The most recent example came Tuesday morning when Kiffin appeared to troll the Alabama program and head coach. Nick Saban.
The Crimson Tide have had two straight tough outings, falling to Texas and struggling against USF in their last two games.
There is a lot of talk that Alabama’s best days are behind him and that Saban and the Crimson Tide are heading in the wrong direction.
Lane Kiffin added to that talk Tuesday, citing a Taylor Swift performance of “Castles Crumbling” with a castle emoji and a comet emoji. The tweet led to widespread speculation that Kiffin is implying that Alabama’s program is crashing and burning.
Here is Kiffin’s tweet:
If you don’t know the Taylor Swift song, here are some lyrics from Ruined castles:
“I once had an empire in a golden age
I was held so high, I was awesome
They clapped when they saw my face
Now I’m afraid I’ve fallen from grace
And I feel like my castle is crumbling
And I watch all my bridges burn to the ground
And you don’t want to know me
I’ll just let you down
You don’t want to know me now
Once I was the great hope of a dynasty
The crowds hung on my words and they trusted me
Their faith was strong, but I pushed it too far
I held this grudge until it tore me apart
The power went to my head and I couldn’t stop
Those I loved tried to help, so I chased them away
And there I sit alone, behind walls of regret
Falling like promises I never kept”
Again, it seems like Kiffin is comparing the song to what’s happening in Tuscaloosa. Time will tell who has the last word.
Before his article about the Taylor Swift song earlier in the week, Lane Kiffin said he thought a new defensive coordinator was calling plays for Alabama.
“We were against Kevin [Steele] several times,” Kiffin said, according to Ben Garrett of the Spirit OM on the On3 network. “I worked with him at Alabama and against him at Auburn And LSU. There seems to have been a change there.
Kiffin then explained his reasoning in more detail and stated that he thought Travaris Robinson now calls plays for Alabama’s defense.
“I don’t know what happened after the Texas game, but our guys were watching the TV copy and schematically in that last game, it certainly looks like T-Rob is calling the defense now,” Kiffin said. “We have already faced him Caroline from the south, we therefore prepare ourselves accordingly for what he calls defense. He did a good job too and they have very good players.