Kiffin taking a different approach to head coaching duties, calls out Saban

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Lane Kiffin is primed and ready to be a head coach once again. This time, it’ll be at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida.

In a new interview with SiriusXM College Sports Nation, Kiffin made it clear that his tenure at FAU will have a much different tone than his last job. As offensive coordinator for the Alabama Crimson Tide, Kiffin was famously chewed out by Alabama head coach Nick Saban on multiple occasions.

Kiffin was not a fan of Saban’s style.

‘I’m not really big on humiliating assistant coaches in front of everybody,’ Kiffin told XM SirusXM.

This is a direct dig on Saban, who’s style focuses on yelling at his coaching staff to get results.

The world of college football is interested in seeing what Kiffin can do with a young team like the Owls. Earlier this year, the JR Report wrote a piece on his new job in Boca. Now, with the season coming up, it’ll be interesting to see if he can follow through with the hype.

Kiffin said that instead of yelling at his coaches, “I write down notes. In the staff meeting, I explain what we want to get done.”

It remains to be seen whether his coaching style will yield the same kinds of results. Florida Atlantic hasn’t been to a bowl game since 2008—they haven’t even been above .500 since 2008—and Kiffin will have to fight an uphill battle to get them where he wants them to be.

Kiffin has already stirred up a small amount of controversy because of recruiting and hiring choices. He recruited quarterback De’Andre Johnson, who readers might remember from the scandal in 2015 when he was kicked off of the FSU team for assaulting a woman.

After his dismissal, he went on to play at Eastern Mississippi Community College, where he threw for 2,846 yards and rushed for 834.

Kiffin also hired Kendal Briles to be his offensive coordinator. Briles worked under his father at Baylor, who has been under serious scrutiny for sexual assault misconduct and violations. Kendal Briles has also been under fire since February because of supposed comments made towards recruits. 

According to a lawsuit, Briles once asked a recruit ”do you like white women? Because we have a lot of them at Baylor and they love football players.” He also apparently brought recruits to strip clubs and offered them alcohol.

Kiffin isn’t a stranger to controversy, but he also isn’t afraid of making bold decisions. His coaching style may be different than Saban’s for the coming years. but it remains to be seen whether they’ll be more effective.