Lane Kiffin has taken yet another step in turning Boca Raton, Fla. into “Tuscaloosa South.” Or something like that.
According to a report from Sports Illustrated’s Bruce Feldman, the former Alabama offensive coordinator has hired Crimson Tide defensive analyst Wes Neighbors to be the safeties coach at FAU. Neighbors, who played for the Crimson Tide, spent five years on Nick Saban’s expansive support staff.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) January 12, 2018
Kiffin, who worked alongside Neighbors during his time in Tuscaloosa, won 10 games and claimed the Conference USA championship in his first year as the Owls head coach.
While the move from Alabama’s national championship program is clearly a step down for Neighbors in terms of chances at national titles, it is a step up on the coaching ladder as he claims a coveted full-time assistant coaching role with a FBS program.
Kiffin may take some flack for his antics on social media, but he appears to be maturing as a head coach and has obviously received buy-in from his staff and players at FAU. Adding more “Alabama trained” coaches to his staff probably isn’t a bad move as he tried to apply what he learned under Saban to his new gig.
Co-defensive coordinator Corey Batoon served as the safeties coach at FAU in 2017.