FAU Head Coach Lane Kiffin Discusses Managing QB Competition and Saban’s Work Ethic
Lane Kiffin returns to Tuscaloosa, but it's not as a coach, but as a guest.
The head coach of the Florida Atlantic Owls and former Alabama offensive coordinator joined The Game with Ryan Fowler to discuss managing a quarterback competition, learning from Nick Saban and his success after one season with FAU.
Kiffin joined the Alabama Crimson Tide in 2014 and in his first season he was named a finalist for the Broyles Award for the top assistant coach in college football.
On January 2, 2017 right before the Crimson Tide's big game against the Clemson Tigers in the National Championship game, Kiffin was relieved of his duties as offensive coordinator and accepted a job at Florida Atlantic University, Steve Sarkisian replaced in the 35-31 loss to the Tigers.
Kiffin gets a lot of credit for changing the landscape of the Alabama offense, but he says it wasn't his idea on the offensive schemes, but it was actually Saban looking for a change in direction on offense.
"I get all this credit for changing Alabama's offense, for all the records, Heisman, three SEC offensive players of the year, but what's missing in this story is it was his idea," Kiffin said. "He hired me and he said 'a Lamborghini going off the edge of a cliff, we are behind.' I didn't like the direction of college football, the run pass stuff and the way it was being officiated, he didn't like that."
"He was smart enough to figure out, 'it's causing us problems, we need to do that,' so all I did was implement what I knew based off what he said he wanted to do."
In his first season with the Owls, Kiffin went 11-3 and won the Conference USA championship, the team won nine games total in the previous three season. He talked about learning from Saban during his three season here in Tuscaloosa.
"I think that he's ability to help coaches is probably second to none," Kiffin said. "And not just give you an opportunity, but really he coaches his coaches extremly well, everyday, on every single aspec
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