Lane Kiffin reportedly has interest in Florida State opening
A coach who always seems to make his way into college football headlines has reportedly shown interest in the recently opened Florida State job.
Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports reported the interest for the Florida Atlantic coach one day after FSU fired Willie Taggart following a 9-12 overall record in one and a half seasons. Taggart led FSU to a 5-7 record last season and was 4-5 in Year 2 after losing to Miami. Taggart’s overall ACC record was 6-9. He was 0-5 against rival teams.
Kiffin is no stranger to the coaching carousel, as he was mentioned for open jobs at Oregon and Houston before he took the FAU job and proclaimed “to do the impossible, you must see the invisible.”
Kiffin last month was fined $5,000 and reprimanded by Conference USA for criticizing officiating posting on Twitter a photo of blind officials, using canes and being led around by seeing eye dogs.
Kiffin is 6-3 in his third season at FAU after the Owls went 5-7 last year, and 11-3 in 2017 with a Conference-USA championship. At Southern Cal in four seasons, Kiffin was 28-15. He was 7-6 in one season as coach at Tennessee, in 2009. He was also Alabama’s offensive coordinator from 2014-16.
With the Oakland Raiders in 2007 and ’08, Kiffin was 4–12 and 1–3 before his firing.