Kiffin took to Twitter to reply to someone urging him to come to Seminoles, denying the rumor and focusing on winning a conference title.
— Lane Kiffin (@Lane_Kiffin) November 4, 2019
Earlier reporting Monday suggested Kiffin wanted the job. Maybe he does and is denying it right now because there’s no indication that Florida State is interested. We may never find out. But Kiffin is a smooth operator and used it to urge people to come to Florida Atlantic. When you’re in the spotlight, might as well make the most of it. Kiffin has never failed to do just that.
Look out, folks. Lane Kiffin wants back into the Power Five.
According to Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports, Kiffin has expressed his interest in the Florida State job on the heels of Willie Taggart’s Sunday firing.
Of course, that interest has to be mutual, and for now, we don’t know that it is. Kiffin went 35-21 at Tennessee and USC, but he left a bad taste in everyone’s mouth with rocky departures from each job. He does know the state of Florida, as he’s taken over at Florida Atlantic and found some success.
That said, he’s Lane Kiffin, and he comes with a whole host of concerns about his demeanor and maturity. There’s a reason many athletic directors would shy away from hiring him. He’s also not exactly as successful as the top coach one report says the Seminoles want to target.
Conference USA fined Florida Atlantic head coach Lane Kiffin $5,000 over the weekend for violating the league’s sportsmanship policy after he tweeted a photograph mocking game officials and suggesting they are blind.
— Lane Kiffin (@Lane_Kiffin) October 20, 2019
“I just lost $5,000 for a tweet,” Kiffin told ESPN on Sunday. “We have freedom of speech, but I guess around here there’s no such thing as freedom to tweet. Maybe LeBron James will come out and comment about it tomorrow.”
In a 36-31 loss to Marshall on Friday, Florida Atlantic was penalized nine times for 90 yards, including several penalties that came in key moments of the game. And while Kiffin was hesitant to call the referees out following the loss, he obviously chose to take a different approach once he signed onto Twitter.
In the aftermath of Kiffin’s tweet and subsequent fine, USC Trojans long-snapper, Jake Olson, who is legally blind, sent a hilarious tweet of his own to Kiffin.
— Jake Olson (@JakeOlson61) October 21, 2019
That’s gold, Jerry! Gold!
Lane Kiffin took a hilarious shot at the Conference USA officials after his Florida Atlantic team lost 36-31 against Marshall on Friday night and has been fined for it.
Kiffin’s Owls were called for nine penalties in the game, many of which had the coach upset. Kiffin did not criticize the refs in his postgame press conference, citing a lack of funds in case of a fine.
— FAU Owl's Nest (@FAU_Owls_Nest) October 19, 2019
Despite initially saying that, Kiffin could not resist taking a shot at the officials on Twitter a day later.
— Lane Kiffin (@Lane_Kiffin) October 20, 2019
Kiffin tagged the conference in his tweet, ensuring they would see it. They fined him $5,000 as a result.
Kiffin said he thought he had sent a funny tweet but the conference obviously didn’t see it the same way. Then Kiffin complained about “no freedom to tweet.”
#FAU Head Coach @Lane_Kiffin on his tweet critiquing the officiating in Owls' loss to #Marshall: Obviously I was not happy with the refs. I sent what I thought was a funny tweet, but I guess they (C-USA) didn't think it was as funny as I did. I guess there's no freedom to tweet.
— FAU Owl's Nest (@FAU_Owls_Nest) October 20, 2019
FAU Owl Access shared details about many of the blown calls in the game, which make it clear Kiffin had a good case for being upset.
Having Sebastian Janikowski attempt a 76-yard field goal was not one of Lane Kiffin’s most sane moments as Oakland Raiders head coach. At least the current FAU head man can have a laugh about it now.
On the 11th anniversary of the play, a Twitter account shared video Saturday of the infamous 76-yard field goal attempt Kiffin had Janikowski try in a 2008 game against the Chargers. The missed attempt preceded Kiffin’s firing two days later.
When tagged in the tweet, Kiffin simply gave the fans what they wanted and said “Happy anniversary Seabass” to the kicker.
Happy anniversary Seabass https://t.co/V2eeK13ZKH
— Lane Kiffin (@Lane_Kiffin) September 28, 2019
In what seems like ages ago, Kiffin was the head coach of the Raiders from 2007-2008. He was fired after starting the 2008 season 1-3, which included the Janikowski stunt. Late Raiders owner Al Davis accused Kiffin of being a liar.
After a brief stint at Tennessee, Kiffin left to become USC’s head coach. He was fired during his fourth season. He’s now in his third year at FAU.
Lane Kiffin continues to dazzle on social media.
An old video showing a stout woman pushing around a man inside a fast food restaurant recirculated on Twitter Tuesday. The video made its way to Kiffin, who recruited the woman to play guard for him at Florida Atlantic.
— Lane Kiffin (@Lane_Kiffin) August 28, 2019
There is no doubt that this woman has talent. The scouting report would note her sturdy base and how she generates leverage from a powerful lower half. Her high motor and ability to finish blocks are other strong points in her game.
Is she interested in playing? Does she have any eligibility? If anyone could get to the bottom of the matter, it would be Kiffin, who looks everywhere for his talent.
Lane Kiffin’s Florida Atlantic Owls open their regular season at Ohio State next Saturday, a game in which they’ll be significant underdogs. It certainly doesn’t seem as though the coach has any regrets about it, though.
When asked Friday by 640 The Hurricane’s Andy Slater about the benefits of a team like FAU opening the season at Ohio State, Kiffin was his typical brutally honest self.
Q: What's the benefit of FAU playing at Ohio State?
Lane Kiffin: "Money"
— Andy Slater (@AndySlater) August 23, 2019
Games like this one usually mean a pretty big paycheck for the smaller team. Kiffin will clearly take it, though he could’ve said something about testing his team against the nation’s best and seeing where they stand.
Kiffin has remained his usual trolling self this year. It remains to be seen if the Owls can keep it close against the Buckeyes, but as long as FAU gets that paycheck, he seems fine with the outcome.