Florida Atlantic announced their new head coach, Lane Kiffin, earlier this week. The former USC, Tennessee and Oakland Raiders head man left the University of Alabama as their offensive coordinator to be the man in charge at FAU. Kiffin was rumored to be in consideration for the University of Houston head coaching job that was given to Major Applewhite last week. And although Tillman Fertitta refuted that UH and Kiffin were close to a deal Kiffin’s name was still among those considered.
On Thursday, Staford Routt, former NFL cornerback who played under Kiffin during the short stint he had at the helm of the Oakland Raiders, said that he remembers his time with Kiffin well. Especially with the coach trying to get away from Oakland, at any cost.
“Lane was trying to get fired,” Routt told John Lopez and Cody Stoots on In The Loop on SportsRadio 610 about Kiffin. “Going into the final preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks in 2008, we had just signed DeAngelo Hall, so I was back to being nickle back, I was the third corner. And Al (Davis) wanted all the starters to not even dress in that third preseason game. (Rob Ryan) looked at me like a starter, so he included me as the starters not dressing. Lane found that out and because he knew that Al liked me, Al really really liked me, Lane found that out and said, ‘No Stanford is going to dress.'”
Routt said Ryan, the Raiders defensive coordinator, told him to go in and play three plays and he would get pulled out so he wouldn’t get hurt. But Kiffin wanted to make sure everyone knew a ‘starter’ was dressed.
“Just in the event that Al would miss me being in the game,” Routt Continued about Lane Kiffin’s antics to try and get fired, “he made me a team captain to go out there for cornerbacks. Just so Al would see me wearing number 26 out there for the coin toss. Lane was doing several things that year to get fired. That is why when Al fired him, he fired him with cause, so he didn’t have to pay him.”
Kiffin did sue Al Davis after he was fired, but lost that suit and did not get his contract money.