In south Florida this off-season all of the attention seems to be focusing on Boca Raton. The essential question is if Lane Kiffin’s three therapeutic seasons at Alabama are ready for him to be a head coach again. There is a part of the college football world that is in love with Lane Kiffin. In love with his antics of speaking freely, his partying lifestyle, his former alias “Joey Freshwater”, and just the life style he lives. There will be half of college football rooting for his success and half that will revel if he fails. What many are forgetting is the rival school just one hour south. In our opinion, FIU hired a better coach than FAU, and his name is Butch Davis. The FAU/FIU battle will be interesting for the next couple of seasons.
Let this sink in, Butch Davis is the last head coach to lead the Cleveland Browns to the playoffs…
Butch Davis might not have any official championship for record but his head coaching experience is still impressive. The last time Miami won the national championship was in 2001 under Larry Coker. Majority of college football fans can agree that Coker inherited that team from Butch Davis, and won it with his players. We know this because Coker did not survive long with his own recruiting classes.
His tenure at North Carolina led into some NCAA academic misconduct (lets not act like its a football program but the overall athletics there), but he had some very talented teams there. North Carolina enjoyed three straight bowl appearances, and saw many players drafted to the NFL.
This season at FIU will be his 11th season as a head coach, and it is a scary thought about him recruiting in Miami again.
Lane has been processed into experiencing the culture of the greatest of all time coach.
In his five years as a college football head coach all five seasons ended with winning records. Not everyone realizes that and think he was a total dud of a head coach. He just could not turn USC around fast enough to last there, and mediocrity does not work in Southern Cal. The good thing is at FAU the bar is set low, and he will have time to prove himself again. The college football world is excited to see if he can use what he learned in his three seasons at Alabama and apply it at FAU. Obviously him and Coach Saban had their differences but you have to imagine some ploys he learned there will be applied at FAU.
College Head Coaching Record: 35-21
2009 Tenn: 7-6
2010 USC: 8-5
2011 USC: 10-2
2012 USC: 7-6
2013 USC: 3-2* Fired after the fifth game in the airport