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Sports Talk Podcast: August 17, 2017

Year-in, year-out, Arkansas should be an 8-win team. Agree or disagree? Plus Brittany Wagner from “Last Chance U” on why she thinks universities aren’t doing a good job of preparing athletes for life after football.


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Lane Kiffin talks music, philosophical tweets and interest in the LSU OC job

Former Alabama OC says he was considering joining Orgeron at LSU

By Bart Pohlman

Florida Atlantic head coach Lane Kiffin joined Sports Talk on Wednesday to talk about his new job, why he left Alabama and what he’s learned in his coaching career.

Kiffin said he watched the national championship game between Alabama and Clemson from his hotel room. Was he calling plays in his mind?

“A little bit, yeah,” Kiffin said. “I guess I kinda was. I haven’t thought about it like that before.”

FAU is obviously a much different job with far fewer resources than Alabama, and Kiffin said the Crimson Tide’s football staff is massive in scope.

“I was there three years, and I still didn’t learn everybody’s name in that building,” Kiffin said. “There were so many people. There’s somebody for everything. (Alabama coach Nick Saban) has a very large staff of a lot of people. Obviously he’s done that so he that he’s got all areas covered and everybody for something.”

Now that he’s a head coach again, Kiffin said there are some differences between how he runs practice as opposed to Saban. The number one difference?

“We have music,” he said.

There wasn’t music at Alabama practices?

“There’s no music at Alabama,” Kiffin said. “There will never be music at Alabama.”

Before Kiffin decided to take the FAU job, it was reported that he was interested in joining LSU and Ed Orgeron as offensive coordinator. Was he really tempted?

“I was, because I really think they’re going to win a lot there and do great things, and they got some great players coming back, especially the running backs,” Kiffin said. “So there was an intrigue there, you know, we’ve done these things in Alabama and won and had these unique great players. Derrick Henry winning the Heisman, Amari Cooper setting all the records, and you know, with Derrius Guice easily you could go win another Heisman.“

With the offseason underway, Kiffin seems to be having some fun on Twitter as of late, with a run of philosophical thoughts.

As it turns out, Kiffin himself wasn’t the culprit. He said he handed the phone off to a ninth-grader at a charity event.

“I was scooping ice cream to raise money for kids cancer (research) Saturday,” Kiffin said. “And, one of our board of trustees’ sons came with me, and he started saying all these jokes. And I was like, ‘Those are pretty good, you should be a stand-up comedian.’ And so he started putting them on my Twitter. He was like, ‘Hey can I put them on Twitter and tag myself so people will know who I am and I can get followers.’ So I let him do that. Of course with everything people must think that’s a big deal or something’s wrong.

“Hey, my message to everybody if I did care would be: lighten up a little bit. Life’s too short.”

Listen to the full interview with Kiffin here: