Category Archives: Don’t Mess With Lane Kiffin

That’s our Laner.

Shorter version:  Nick Saban doesn’t have time for that shit.

As far as Junior goes, he’s compiling one helluva resume.

I really hope to Gawd they cross paths on the recruiting trail.  Soon.



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Junior’s new sales pitch

Come to FAU, or as he refers to it, the University of Alabama Lite.

In fact, Kiffin expects to use Love’s time at Alabama working under head strength and conditioning coach Scott Cochran as one of his recruiting pitches.

“To me now when you come to FAU, you’re getting Alabama’s program,” he said. “As a high school kid you’re saying ‘Okay I want to go to Alabama, but I don’t have an Alabama offer,’ I can go there and get the same training to prepare me for the NFL and prepare me for my college seasons.”

Hey, if he sells that to recruits who never actually get an invite to step foot on Alabama’s campus to compare, who knows?  It might work.  At least it’s a more positive message than warning them about alternate careers if they don’t choose to play for him.


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They’ll always have Tuscaloosa.

Looks like Junior’s tongue is starting to get its swag back.

That didn’t take too long.

If we’re lucky, soon they’ll both wind up chasing the same South Florida kid on the recruiting trail and the Laner will let us know what he really thinks about Saban’s recruiting tactics.


UPDATE:  Context.

Kiffin hasn’t always seen eye-to-eye with other coaches in Tuscaloosa. He acknowledged as much Tuesday at a Peach Bowl press conference while praising Nick Saban’s decision to make Steve Sarkisian the next offensive coordinator.

“He’ll do a great job with Coach,” Kiffin said. “Coach talked to me about it, and I think in some ways, he’ll do a much better job than I do with Coach.”

When asked to explain what he meant, Kiffin replied, “The way I would describe it without details is (Sarkisian’s) personality will work a little bit better than mine with coaches, and I’m not saying it was a bad thing at all. I would say Sark manages people better than I do at times.”

For three years, Kiffin and Saban made an odd couple that helped Saban evolve to changing offenses in football and tried to help Kiffin repair his image. The “ass chewings” Kiffin received on the sideline — as Saban likes to call them — complemented sustained success by Alabama’s offense.

“I don’t recall a happy moment,” Kiffin said when asked for his happiest moment with Saban. “I just recall the ass chewings. I won’t take that part of the process with me (to Florida Atlantic), though.”

Definitely warm and fuzzy.


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Generation skipping trust

When it comes to defensive coordinators, Junior likes keeping things all in the family.

Man, does this mean I need to come up with a new nickname?  Does Big Bro’ work?


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A humble Lane Kiffin is not the Lane Kiffin America needs.

I mean, shit, where’s the fun in this?

He also thanked Alabama coach Nick Saban for giving him a chance when no one else would.

“I’m very grateful to Coach Saban,” Kiffin told reporters. “My phone was not ringing very much at the time after USC, and that was a very humbling experience after being let go there and to go through that process. You start calling a lot of people that don’t call you back all of a sudden, and you realize things about people.”

He also said, contrary to reports that suggest otherwise, he has a “great relationship” with Saban.

“As he says, I get my ass-chewings from time to time. I’ve learned to accept those. It’s been a great run,” Kiffin said.

Boe.  Ring.

I hope a few wins gets Junior’s head out of his humble ass, ’cause that ain’t gonna cut it.


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Junior’s gonna Junior.

Leave it to the Laner, who was lobbying former Alabama quarterback Blake Barnett to join him in sunny Florida before Kiffin had the FAU job.


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Kicking Junior when he’s down

Man, talk about your low blows

It’s not as if a few silly statements are going to scare off a team desperate to win. If Bobby Petrino can get another job, so can Kiffin. But there’s a big difference. Despite being a rather despicable individual, Petrino has proven himself as a college head coach. Kiffin has not…

That one’s gonna leave a mark.

The Laner may go down as Jimmy Sexton’s biggest challenge.


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