Lane Kiffin recently declared his new football team as “Last Strike U” and that statement applies not only to Florida Atlantic’s players but also the coach himself.
In a candid story by Bleacher Report’s Matt Hayes, the former Alabama offensive coordinator knows this is likely his final opportunity to prove himself as a head coach.
“If I don’t make it here,” Kiffin says, “I guess I’m just a play-caller.”
In order to get back to the Power 5 as a leading man, Kiffin is going to have to elevate FAU in the win column while simultaneously repairing his reputation.
Numerous anonymous ex-collegues blasted Kiffin for his treatment of his peers.
“By the end of our time together, I wanted to physically beat his ass,” says one former coach who worked with Kiffin. “And I wasn’t the only one.”
“I’ve never seen a guy who knows his craft like he does be such an overbearing assh–e,” says one coach who worked with Kiffin. “Lane does what Lane wants to do, no matter the consequences.”
Now at 42-years-old, Kiffin reflects back on his mistakes as he tries to become a better communicator at FAU. Kiffin asks for understanding for the errors he’s made in the past.
“I don’t think there’s a person out there who can say they haven’t done something they regret,” Kiffin says.
For his part, Kiffin is on his best behavior right now. If he keeps it up and transforms FAU into a power in Conference USA, the big boys could come calling again.
Florida Atlantic begins the season on Sept. 1 vs. visiting Navy.
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