Kendal Briles to the SEC? Report states SEC West possible landing spot for former FSU OC
There are regime changes currently ongoing in Tallahassee and Oxford, as Memphis’ Mike Norvell was officially named the next Florida State head coach on Sunday, and FAU’s Lane Kiffin came back into the SEC on Saturday as the head coach at Ole Miss.
Willie Taggart was fired midseason at Florida State, but anytime there is a coaching change, it typically means several assistants are on the lookout for a new job as well. One of those assistants is former Florida State offensive coordinator Kendal Briles, who could be a candidate as Lane Kiffin’s offensive coordinator at Ole Miss, according to FootballScoop.
The report states that not only is Kiffin hoping to bring Briles into Oxford, but he could also be in the running as Kiffin’s replacement in Boca Raton as the next head coach at FAU.
Before being hired by Taggart, Briles spent the 2017 season as the associate head coach and offensive playcaller under Kiffin at FAU, in a season where the Owls won the Conference USA title.
Briles then spent 2018 at Houston under Major Applewhite before going to Florida State.
Briles aided the FAU offense under Kiffin to nearly 46 points per game during an 11-3 championship season. If Briles does join Kiffin at Ole Miss, it is likely assumed he will have full control of the playcalling, as he did in Boca Raton.
Regarded as one of the bright young offensive minds in college football, Briles could be in his fifth job in as many years when the 2020 season comes around provided he leaves FSU this offseason. Whether he will be helping Kiffin in the SEC or embarking on his first head coaching job remains to be seen.