WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Lane Kiffin is presently the head football coach of The Owls at Florida Atlantic University.
- He is quite popular for his “controversial” posts on his Twitter account.
- Although his tweets sometimes have hidden meanings, his post about ‘rat poison’ was obviously a troll of his former boss, Nick Saban.
When Austin Rodgers posted ESPN FPI’s chances for teams to win Conference USA, it showed that Kiffin’s Florida Atlantic is on top of the list. Lane Kiffin did not waste time by replying:
“Please stop media!! This is rat poison to our players!!”
It is clear that the 42-year-old Kiffin is trolling Nick Saban. Saban is the head coach of University of Alabama Crimson Tide football team since 2007. Kiffin was Crimson Tide’s offensive coordinator from 2014 to 2016 before handling FAU Owls.
The ‘rat poison’ phrase was a quote from Saban. When Alabama beat Texas early October, Saban didn’t like the positive media coverage of the Crimson
In the postgame news conference, Saban made a comment directly addressed to reporters, “I’m trying to get our players to listen to me instead of you guys. All that stuff you write about how good we are? All that stuff they hear on ESPN? It’s like poison. Like rat poison.”
Good news for Kiffin, Saban is not a Twitter fan so he likely won’t take the bait and counter his former offensive coordinator.
Kiffin once posted on Twitter a gif of an orangutan dancing, after saying it was a good day at FAU.
NFL great, Peyton Manning retired in 2016, Kiffin tried to coax the former Tennessee Volunteer to come to FAU as a grad transfer.
“Peyton, continue your journey at #ThefaU world ranked @faumbasport program!” Kiffin tweeted in August of this year.
There are some Kiffin tweets, however, which are hard to interpret. Like when he retweeted a stat about quarterbacks Tom Brady and Blake Bortles and included the caption, “Come to #thefaU.” Neither played for FAU.
“The Lane Train” has been the “term” used for the entire Lane Kiffin experience, which includes good offense, cryptic trolling tweets, and probably an acrimonious exit at some point.”