Lane Kiffin has had a successful three seasons as Alabama’s offensive coordinator, but his previous ventures as a head coach weren’t nearly as great.
Nonetheless, it was almost a certainty that Kiffin would try his hand at being a head coach again, a certainty that became a reality when Kiffin was hired by Florida Atlantic.
Kiffin has a strong offensive background and has turned the Crimson Tide’s unit into a powerhouse. But what else was it about Kiffin that appealed to FAU athletic director Pat Chun during the hiring process?
“His humility was probably the thing that stuck out the most to me,” Chun recently told AL.com’s Matt Zenitz. “All you can do is read, and you see everything that’s out there and the comments he made in the past, but his humility is what has still stuck out most to me to this day.”
After two in-person meetings, according to Zenitz, Chun knew he wanted to hire Kiffin — he liked Kiffin’s philosophies and what he learned from Alabama head coach Nick Saban, but that wasn’t all.
“I think the things I liked the most was the dialogue we had about student athlete development, about community service,” Chun told Zenitz. “I was just really impressed with how he planned on managing the program, how he was planning on developing student athletes and what are the things he likes in kids when he looks for them.”