TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Only a few months prior, Lane Kiffin had been notoriously fired on an airport tarmac.
Just one month ago, he was serving as an offensive analyst for the Alabama Crimson Tide as they prepared for their bowl game. Now, Nick Saban has officially hired him on as the offensive coordinator at one of the country’s most prestigious universities. In the matter of months, he’s gone from untouchable, to a possible comeback story waiting to happen.
Three years later, he’s hired at FAU and given a chance to restart his head coaching career in Boca Raton. His first move is to release a hype video so that Owls’ fans and recruits can get excited about National Signing Day.
Unfortunately for Kiffin, the video is nothing short of cringe worthy.
As one would expect, the media had a lot of fun with it. To the point where Kiffin eventually came out and said it was ‘on purpose’ that it was done so poorly.
His next move? Criticize Nick Saban.
Today, he came out and said that he is “not big on humiliating assistant coaches in front of everybody”.
Last fall, Nick Saban was asked about his emotionally charged conversations with Lane on the sidelines when he set the record straight. “There are no arguments,” he said, “they’re called ass-chewings.”
Generally speaking, people do not like being yelled at, however beggars can’t be choosers. Lane Kiffin should probably show Nick Saban – who single-handedly resurrected his career – more respect. Players get chewed out all the time, but at the end of the day they know it just helps to make them smarter, tougher athletes.
It’s time for Kiffin to realize that as well. Maturity has always been his biggest flaw, and so far he’s done little to show he’s changed much in the last few years.