Just beyond a chain-link fence, about a football field away from where Lane Kiffin oversees a passing drill, airplanes parade through a turn in preparation for takeoff.
The busy runway at Boca Raton Airport abuts the athletic complex at Florida Atlantic University. Kiffin landed here as head coach after three highly successful but occasionally turbulent seasons as Nick Saban’s offensive coordinator at Alabama.
Planes come, planes go. The buzz and occasional roar provide a unique soundtrack.
“We use it for crowd noise,” Kiffin says after a practice last week.
A few days later, Kiffin and his team will make a loud statement, amassing 804 yards in a 69-31 rout of...