TAMPA, Fla.—Nick Saban got roughed up a bit in the media for testily declining to dissect the premature “departure’’  of offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin the other day.

I understand why the sporting press wanted details. I also understand why Saban didn’t want to go there.

Kiffin made that bed by not taking care of his Alabama business before heading off to his new job at Florida Atlantic.

An Alabama insider I know described Kiffin’s actions as bordering on “sabotage.’’ The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.