Some people are totally against him. Maybe I’ve missed something. He seems to be the most qualified.
Has he done anything unethical, like Petrino?
Is he a known cheater?
All I’ve heard people say is that he’s immature.
Are they talking about the 35-year-old Kiffin, or the post Saban 42-year-old Kiffin?
Is it his tweets? Isn’t that his way of relating to recruits and his players? Isn’t that a plus?
Gundy and Leach could be called immature, too.
I don’t understand how Saban could be fine with Kiffin, but for some reason he’s not good enough for us?
I really want to know. What’s the issue with Kiffin?
[/quote]Did you miss the part last season where Saban told Kiffin to find another job? Not publicly, of course . . . but it was common knowledge and widely reported.
He has no NCAA violations.
The dislike comes from him bailing on Tennessee for a job at USC, can’t blame him.
His immaturity is based of his Twitter, which if you watch any of his interviews is a tool he used to recruit.
As far as Lane Kiffin the coach.
It’s note worthy that you don’t work for Saban unless you are an elite coach.
He is an elite offensive coach.
He’s a great, great recruiter…
He is a little whacky? Yeah.
Is his twitter immature? I guess, it’s funny to me and if it helps in recruiting, go for it.
He’d have to sell me that he wouldn’t bail for the next best job that came along.
However, I believe him when he said he’s a much different and better coach than he was pre-Alabama. I think he’s learned from his mistakes and will be a very good coach somewhere there than FAWho sometime soon.
He’s the best candidate between him Norvell and Morris.
No doubt the most experienced, best connected, and knows what it takes.
This is a 2013 article, before Kiffin spent 3 years under Saban, and before Kiffin took FAU from 6 years of 1-11, 2-9, 6-6, 3-9, 3-9 and 3-9 to 10-3 in his first year.
By that logic, we just tried to throw $50 million at a coach Auburn wanted to fire, a coach that had a run of 2-10 over 12 SEC games from 2014-2016. A coach that just a year ago, had a hard time winning even 8 games with much more talent at Auburn.
Things change. Malzahn has matured and grown as a coach. Kiffin has matured and grown as a coach.
Just did a little research: Kiffin was named the FAU HC on December 12. Saban released him on January 2, after the first playoff game win against Washington, and before the NCG, when he thought that Kiffin was distracted with his new job.
I am willing to assume that the vetting process would give you enough information to make an informed decision as to whether he’s matured enough to avoid putting a motorcycle in a ditch with a couple of drunk under-aged coeds hanging onto the back.
What I am not convinced about is whether his previous coaching stops provide any indication that he can do more than have a good offense and have an initial recruiting splash. He just has not shown any ability to lead a program successfully past the first year or two, and he has shown lots of ability to screw things up after initial success. That’s my single biggest worry about Kiffin, he just does not have what it takes to keep a program stable.
A secondary concern is that he won’t stay long. Hard to believe you could negotiate a big buyout for him to take another job without agreeing to a big buyout if you have to fire him. That is kind of a problem for a guy with his employment history.