Joseph Goodman: With Lane Kiffin, the joke is consistently on Alabama

Instead of, express, Corridor of Distinction Coppery mentor Pat Color, who delighted in taking advantage of Alabama with a sword.

No.9 Alabama (7-2, 4-2 in the SEC) plays No.11 Ole Miss (8-1, 4-1 in the SEC) this week in Oxford, and so Kiffin is having fun again with Saban and the Crimson Tide.

Kiffin’s most recent form of bookish humor is no doubt appreciated by everyone in college football except the team that began the season ranked No.1 in the country and has lost a pair of heartbreakers..

Earlier in the week, Kiffin took a picture of the best-selling book by my colleague and sports editor John Talty and posted it to social media.

Talk about an unexpected gift for Talty’s book sales. The title of the book is “The leadership secrets of Nick Saban: How Alabama’s coach became the best ever.”

“Well-written,” Kiffin said about the book when asked on Wednesday. For the oh-so-serious world of the SEC, it was pure comedy gold.

Kiffin worked with Saban as Alabama’s offensive coordinator from 2014 to 2016, and those three seasons rejuvenated his career after being fired at USC.

It also extended Saban’s dynasty, but Kiffin doesn’t get enough credit for that. Saban then famously fired Kiffin before the 2017 national championship game against Clemson.