Lane Kiffin has a big-time believer in Howard Schnellenberger.
The former Florida Atlantic coach spoke on The Paul Finebaum Show on SEC Network on Monday and gave his endorsement for Kiffin, who will become FAU’s next coach after completing his duties as Alabama’s offensive coordinator through the College Football Playoff.
Schnellenberger, who gained fame during a 41-16 run as Miami’s coach from 1979-83, went 41-56 with two bowl bids as the Owls’ leader from 2004-11. He also served as an offensive assistant at Alabama from 1961-65.
Here’s part of what Schnellenberger said about Kiffin:
“I think he’s truly got to be considered the best man for the job, because he’s a guy who comes out of a football family,” Schnellenberger said. “His father (Monte Kiffin) was a great builder, and he’s had a fine success story himself. I think he has a great reputation, and our university is a very unique place. It was a startup program when I got there, but it was growing in fertile soil right there in the heart of paradise in Palm Beach County.”
It will be interesting to see if Kiffin can make the most of that so-called “fertile soil” and make a name for himself at Florida Atlantic in a hurry.
The Owls have fallen on hard times of late, failing to post a winning season since going 7-6 in 2008. They went 3-9 in each of the past three years under former coach Charlie Partridge.
Kiffin’s task might be tough. But if he can make Florida Atlantic a winner, he should be able to move on fairly quickly.
— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) December 12, 2016