BOCA RATON, FL – SEPTEMBER 1: Head coach Lane Kiffin of the Florida Atlantic Owls throws the ball prior to the game against the Navy Midshipmen on September 1, 2017 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)Someone handed Lane Kiffin a microphone. Naturally, he used it to take some digs at his former employer.Kiffin hasn’t been shy about trolling Nick Saban and Alabama, since leaving the school. The former Crimson Tide offensive coordinator revived his career under Saban, and parlayed it into the head coaching job at FAU.Last season, he had a huge Year 1 with the Owls, going 11-3 with an undefeated Sun Belt record, and a win in the Boca Raton Bowl.Expectations are extremely high for FAU this season. The Owls should be one of the best Group of Five programs in the country, and are the favorites to win their conference once again. They won’t get off to an easy start, though.FAU opens the season on the road at Oklahoma. The Sooners are coming off of a College Football Playoff berth, and even after losing a number of stars including Heisman winning quarterback Baker Mayfield, Kiffin thinks they might be the best team in the country.Specifically, Lane Kiffin told fans at a recent stop on the FAU “Winning in Paradise” tour that Oklahoma is a “better team than ‘Bama.”Jake Elman of The Palm Beach Post tweeted video of Kiffin’s little jab at Alabama, from a stop in Coconut Creek.Lane Kiffin (jokingly!?!?) on FAU playing Oklahoma in week one. “You’re getting a better team than Bama.” @RedditCFB @pbpsports pic.twitter.com/UygSdRQVrF— Jake Elman (@JakeElman) June 13, 2018Oklahoma should be a very strong team once again. The Sooners get one more year with quarterback Kyler Murray, who looked pretty electrifying in relief of Mayfield last season.He was recently a top 10 pick by the Oakland A’s in the MLB Draft. However, he will play one final year of college football at Oklahoma before foregoing his senior season and turning his attention to baseball.Kiffin has good reason to promote the Sooners as one of the country’s best teams. If his team can spring an upset on the road—or even keep things close—and OU has another big season, it could help FAU potentially capture the G5 bid in one of the New Year’s Six games, which would be a massive accomplishment for a Sun Belt program.
According to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the indiscriminate shelling in Taiz is only the latest incident impacting the area.“We are concerned at the rapidly deteriorating humanitarian situation, which is being greatly exacerbated by checkpoints which were set up by the Popular Committees affiliated with the Houthis on the periphery of Taiz city in April. These checkpoints have been tightening their restrictions on the movement of the civilian population,” OHCHR Spokesperson Rupert Colville, told reporters in Geneva.He further added that the members of the Houthi-affiliated Committees have taken control of the eastern route into Taiz and have blocked main supply routes from Sana’a, Aden, Ibb, Lahj and Hudaydah. Mr. Colville detailed eyewitness accounts of the attacks, which began at around 4:15 in the evening, when shells fired from Houthis-controlled Al-Hawban area targeted a number of residential areas in the Al-Dhaboaha neighbourhood, hitting the Al-Mutahideen Clinic and five neighbouring homes.Additionally, he said that the second round of shelling resumed later that night and that an estimated 18 shells were fired in same Al-Hawban area, targeting residential neighbourhoods in the city centre.He further added that at least one shell hit the Hayel Saeed school, at least one shell landed near a mosque in Al-Awadhi Street, two shells struck a residential area near the fish market, and more shells hit shops in the city’s central market. A total of at least seven shells also struck the Al-Akhwah and the Al-Rawdha neighbourhoods. Mr. Colville said that the civilians are currently struggling to meet even their basic needs such as potable water and added that the prices of water have increased by 300 per cent in the last week. He also said that reports received by OHCHR indicate that members of the Popular Committees Affiliated with the Houthis and armed forces loyal to former President Saleh have prevented local traders and residents from crossing check points with water, fruit and vegetables and other essential goods.Mr. Colville further said that the health system in Taiz is almost collapsing. “At present, there are a total of six public and private hospitals that are partially functional in Taiz. Following the closure of Yemen International Hospital, the largest hospital in the city, smaller private hospitals with limited capacity have been overwhelmed with casualties caused by the fighting,” he said.Lastly, Mr. Colville added that the on-going armed conflict in Yemen is taking a terrible toll on civilians as nearly 7,566 civilian casualties have been recorded this year, including 2,577 killed and 5,078 wounded.