Working two jobs is apparently causing some havoc with Lane Kiffin’s transportation schedule.
The new FAU coach who is currently balancing his duties for the Owls with his responsibilities as Alabama’s offensive coordinator found himself looking for a ride home on Thursday after the Crimson Tide buses pulled away without him on board, an ESPN report says.
Kiffin was the last member of the Alabama contingent answering questions with the media on Thursday. By the time his session concluded, Alabama had already left the stadium.
“Yep, got left again,” Kiffin told ESPN.
The same thing happened to Kiffin following last season’s national championship game.
Always a media curiosity, Kiffin raised his profile a couple weeks ago by becoming the fifth FAU football coach in program history. Media inquiries during the Alabama’s preparation for Saturday’s college football playoff semifinal against Washington have been split between questions pertaining to Alabama and queries regarding his new FAU responsibilities.
Kiffin will remain with Alabama until the Tide’s season ends, which could be Saturday or, should they defeat the Huskies, after the following week’s national title game. As offensive coordinator, Kiffin guided the Tide to the national title last season.
He’s currently in the process of assembling a coaching staff. Kiffin said offensive coordinator Kendal Briles has joined him in Atlanta, presumably to help interview potential assistant coaches.
In the past couple weeks Kiffin has added Briles, defensive coordinator Chris Kiffin, offensive coach Charlie Weis Jr. and defensive coach Keynodo Hudson to his staff – though FAU has yet to officially announce any of those hires.
Kiffin also interviewed UCF quality control analyst Kevin Smith to be the Owls running backs coach, sources tell OwlAccess.com. Smith was a record-setting ball carrier for the Knights before spending five seasons with the NFL’s Detroit Lions.
That interview took place more than a week ago, prior to he hiring of Briles. Kiffin previously said he wanted his coordinators to have a say in the hiring of their staffs.