Florida Atlantic president offers timeline about Lane Kiffin's decision
Sunday may be Decision Day for Florida Atlantic coach Lane Kiffin.
In the mean time, Kiffin has the Owls the Conference USA title game against UAB, the second time in three years. Kiffin has largely deflected discussion about being mentioned for open jobs at Ole Miss and Arkansas, for example, and said he hasn’t talked to his team about what the rumor mill says.
But Jake Elman of the Palm Beach Post reported that, “FAU president Dr. John Kelly just said the university expects to know within the next two days if Lane Kiffin leaves FAU.”
Kiffin is being mentioned because of his success at FAU, despite last season. The Owls were 11-3, Conference USA champions and Boca Raton Bowl winners in 2017, but dropped to 5-7 last year. This year, they’re 9-3. For context, Kiffin has 25 wins in three seasons, and the program only had 23 games in the seven seasons before he became coach.
Kiffin’s career has plenty of SEC history, and that’s largely why he’s mentioned for these jobs.
He coached Tennessee in 2009, then left for Southern Cal for three and a half seasons, and then spent time at Alabama as Nick Saban’s offensive coordinator. The Owls hired him after their 2016 season.