Lane Kiffin couldn’t, could he? Not again… right?
If you know anything about SEC football, you know to never count out a guy who can help a team win football games.
With Florida, Tennessee, Ole Miss and others apparently in the market for a new head coach, the name of the former Tennessee head coach and Alabama offensive coordinator has become increasingly popular on the rumors circuit.
And he’s actually backing it up with his coaching at Florida Atlantic.
Kiffin moved to 4-0 in Conference USA with a 42-28 win at Western Kentucky on Saturday, giving his Owls a real chance at winning the conference with a roster mostly populated with players who went 3-9 for the same program last season. That’s instant impact.
The Owls dropped 3 of their first 4 games under Kiffin, including a trip to No. 5 Wisconsin, but have seemed to find their footing in recent weeks.
Oh, and for the those Alabama fans who wanted Lane to run the ball, you’ll be happy to know that Kiffin’s running back rushed for 244 yards and 4 touchdowns on 36 carries during the win against the Hilltoppers.
That’s even more proof that Kiffin has “learned his lesson” about being a head coach after spending time under Nick Saban at Alabama. Kiffin recently gave an interview to a radio station in Nashville to shed some light on his time there.
“I’m a lot better head coach today than I was before I went (to Alabama),” Kiffin told 104.5 The Zone in Nashville. “I feel very different than I did prior to going there.”
Kiffin’s rocky relationship with Saban was well-documented, but he also touched on that topic and gave a little more insight into what it was like working with the head man in Tuscaloosa.
“It was very foreign for me to go into that environment (as an assistant),” Kiffin said. “It’s kind of like getting married, but it’s an offensive coordinator and a defensive head coach. But it’s like an arranged marriage because you don’t even know the person and then all of a sudden, you just have to figure it out.”
During Week 8, Kiffin’s team ran up 69 points and 804 yards of total offense on a North Texas team that seemingly couldn’t figure out Kiffin’s offensive gameplan.
And for all his faults, Kiffin actually carries a 40-24 career win-loss record as a FBS head coach.
Does all of this lead to Kiffin being a legitimate candidate for any of the potential SEC openings? Time will tell. In the meantime, it sure is fun to think about a return for one of the league’s most intriguing personalities.