Preview 2018: Previewing and looking ahead to the Florida Atlantic Owls season with what you need to know.
Preview 2018: Florida Atlantic Owls
– What You Need To Know: Offense | Defense
– Top Players, Key Game, Fun Stats
– What Will Happen & Win Total Prediction
– Recruiting Class Analysis | Schedule Analysis
– Florida Atlantic Previews 2017 | 2016 | 2015
Lane Kiffin really can coach.
Beyond all of the hullabaloo, and the hurt feelings at Tennessee, and the way the USC era ended, and the choice words from the late Al Davis after the short run at Oakland, and the dust-up at Alabama, it’s not like the guy has done anything seriously bad other than be a bad breaker-upper.
He’s just a football coach with an occasionally brash personality. He’s also a football coach with an occasionally brash personality who just went 11-3 at Florida Atlantic.
The part about the whole Kiffin narrative that gets lost is that, yeah, he knows what he’s doing. He wins lots of football games – that’s it. That’s what he’s supposed to do – and bring attention to the program at the sa
He came up with a winning season at Tennessee before leaving for a better job. And then, even with all the NCAA sanctions from the Reggie Bush kerfuffle to deal with, he had three winning seasons at USC, and was 3-2 before getting kicked off the bus.
And he’s probably right. Alabama might have won the 2016 national championship if he was still the offensive coordinator.
Now, he might just be in the right spot, and consider it a minor miracle that he is.
If this was any other coach with the same resume and with what he just did at FAU, he’d be the head man at Tennessee right now. Or Arkansas. Or Mississippi State. Or Arizona State or UCLA.
But there are worse things than to live and work in Boca Raton, Florida armed with a ten-year contract and almost no pressure whatsoever to do anything more than field a winning team that goes to bowl games.
Of course, though, Kiffin is a 42-year-old head coach with the talent and upside to handle a program with the upside to win national championships, and make a whole lot more money along the way.
But for now, he has a great thing going at FAU, and everything is in place to do it all again.
The offense that averaged over 40 points per game and was unstoppable after the first month of the season gets star RB Devin Singletary back along with almost all the key receivers, and upgrades at quarterback – potentially – if former FSU Seminole De’Andre Johnson really is ready. The line needs to replace a few starters, but it’s strong at the tackles.
The D that was more than good enough doesn’t have a ton of size, but it’s deeper and far more experienced, welcoming back a slew of all-stars among the ten returning starters.
It’ll be almost impossible to replicate the success with a tougher schedule and the expectations on now, but Florida Atlantic will at least go bowling again, and the program will be a thing again.
It’ll be everything the school could’ve dreamed of when it got Kiffin in the first place.