If it were any other coach, the Florida Atlantic Owls might not be a story this year.

But it isn't another coach. It's Lane Kiffin.

The former Alabama offensive coordinator has FAU at 7-3, and the Owls can clinch the right to host the C-USA title game if it beats Florida International on Saturday.

Chris Low of ESPN spent some time with Kiffin and picked his brain on a number of things, including his coaching stops, Nick Saban and trolling on Twitter.

"This is probably the most rewarding year," Kiffin said of his coaching career. "To see these players, it's like we win the Super Bowl every week. It's the greatest thing in the world just to win a game.

"It's really fulfilled me to watch these kids do what they've never done before."

It has been a journey for Kiffin, 42, who admitted "things happen for a reason."

"You think you know it all," Kiffin said about his time at Tennessee. "So, I go, 'I know this. I'm ready for this.' Now, you look back 10 years later, and I wasn't ready.

"Getting fired from USC is like when someone older goes back to school to go back and get another degree. So, what? It happened. What are you going to do now? Well, let's go work for the best coach in college football that does everything completely different. So, I got to get another degree. Now, you are much more prepared. You look at it as going back to work or going back to being a head coach."