One of Lane Kiffin's former quarterbacks dishes on what he was like as a head coach.
Lane Kiffin is now a head coach for the first time in four years. The former Alabama quarterback, now the head coach at FAU, was last the leader of a program in 2013 when he was at USC.
The Kiffin-Trojans' era ended terribly, with the young head coach getting fired at the airport after starting the season 3-2.
Mitch Mustain, one of Kiffin's former quarterbacks at USC, recently spoke out on the coach's ability to lead a program.
From the Sun-Sentinel:
Mustain’s final season at USC was Kiffin’s first. It was Kiffin’s third head coaching gig in four years, and he was taking over for beloved coach Pete Carroll. Mustain, who began his career at Arkansas, entered the season in a quarterback competition with Matt Barkley, who eventually won the job.
“There was nothing unique about what he did,” Mustain said. “It just seemed to us, there was no effort for it. It was almost as if he was wholly disinterested in being the head coach. You can tell he enjoys the play-calling. He enjoys working with the offense and making that run. He was very good at it. As for the whole thing, it seemed that maybe it just wasn’t really where he wanted to be.”
Mustain thinks he has the ability to turn it around, though.
“I think a lot of people think of him as this buffoon figure,” Mustain said. “I’ve heard it 10 times: ‘He’s spoiled. He’s riding on his dad’s coattails.’ I can understand why that stands, but I think a lot of people don’t understand that Lane Kiffin is honestly a very intelligent, very capable football coach.
“Honestly, I hope that Lane can rebuild it. In terms of his head coaching reputation, I hope he can iron it out. I hope he can come up with something that works and do a better job. I don’t know. It’ll be interesting.”
FAU opens its 2016 season on Saturday, Sept. 2 against Navy.