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.
BVI under curfew as Hurricane #Maria approachesLONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — The British Virgin Islands was under curfew Tuesday as the Caribbean archipelago, still reeling from the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma earlier this month, braced for another megastorm.“While Hurricane Maria may not be as strong as Hurricane Irma, our present reality is also very different,” Orlando Smith, the premier of the self-governing British territory, warned in a statement.“Effects such as potential flooding and high winds that can turn debris into dangerous projectiles can have a greater and more treacherous impact for us.“Many residents are still displaced, homes are not fully secured and our natural protections have had severe damage due to the passage of Hurricane Irma.“Our islands are extremely vulnerable right now.”Maria hit Dominica on Tuesday as a Category Five hurricane, the highest on the five-point Saffir-Simpson scale. It was later downgraded to an “extremely dangerous” Category Four, although the US National Hurricane Center warned it could strengthen again.With officials predicting it would hit the British Virgin Islands on Tuesday or Wednesday, authorities there imposed a curfew from 6:00pm on Monday and urged residents to stay indoors until it passed.More than 100 high-risk prisoners escaped on the islands after a prison breach during Hurricane Irma, prompting London to send Royal Marines and police officers to help restore law and order.The prisoners have since all been recaptured.More than 1,300 British troops have been deployed to the region since Irma, and London has also sent food, shelter kits and buckets for clean water.Another 42 military personnel have been stationed on the British Virgin Islands ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Maria.The Foreign Office has warned against any travel to the archipelago.A military reconnaissance team is also on standby to go to neighbouring Montserrat and assess any potential needs if the storm hits there later Tuesday.In addition to government aid, the British Virgin Islands has received help from a group of sailors from Puerto Rico, who have long been visiting the territory on holiday and wanted to help.The sailors are among a group of thousands who regularly visit the BVI, dubbed the Puerto Rican Navy.They have dropped off eight containers of food, water and building supplies, according to a BVI government statement.“Many people, children, humble people, business people, all came with what they could bring to make sure that people in the BVI were taken care of,” organiser Alicia Carazo said in the statement.Irma, also a Category 5 hurricane, left around 40 people dead in the Caribbean before churning west and pounding Florida, where the death toll stood at 50 Monday. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedHurricane Maria to become major storm near Caribbean islandsSeptember 18, 2017In “Regional”Hurricane Maria pummels Puerto RicoSeptember 20, 2017In “World”Hurricane Maria ‘devastates’ Dominica: PMSeptember 19, 2017In “Regional”