Wearing a summer suit and a subdued expression, Lane Kiffin pronounced himself ready for the fall. No, not that kind. Autumn. Kickoff.

During an appearance Thursday at Conference USA media days, Florida Atlantic’s new head coach said he has learned from past mistakes, as well as from his time as offensive coordinator under Nick Saban at Alabama. He said he “feels more prepared for this job” than his previous stints at larger programs “because of all the different experiences.”

“I definitely have changed,” Kiffin told reporters at the event in Irving, Texas. “I would be naïve not to (after) spending three years with one of the best coaches in the history of college football. To learn from (Saban), and to take different things from him and add to what you had before from Pete Carroll. And to add to also in between that, the mistakes that you made and the things that you did, and to learn from those.

“You’re in a much better place today than you were 10 years ago.”

He’s definitely in a much different place than the NFL, Tennessee, USC — or most recently, Alabama. Kiffin acknowledged he has fewer resources than at those previous stops by saying, “I sat in the back of planes for the first time in a while.” But he talked up its natural assets, too, including the fertile recruiting ground of South Florida and its desirable location.