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Team: Florida Atlantic Owls
Age / DOB:  (42) / 5/9/1975

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FAU HC Lane Kiffin indicated that he was somewhat overwhelmed trying to balance his new head-coaching duties and his duties as Alabama offensive coordinator.
Kiffin had initially been expected to coach through Alabama's Playoff run before heading off to FAU in full. The latter part of the equation received a fast forward on Monday after it was announced that assistant Steve Sarkisian will take over as OC for the National Championship Game against Clemson. "Trying to do both jobs," Kiffin said, "I thought it would be easier than it was." In speaking with the SEC Network's Paul Finebaum, Kiffin admitted that he wasn't necessarily always present with the Tide mentally after he accepted the FAU gig. Alabama's 24 points scored in the Peach Bowl against Washington represented their second-lowest tally of the 2016 campaign. Though to be fair, the Huskies are one of the best defensive teams in the country. Jan 2 - 3:51 PM

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Alabama has relieved Lane Kiffin from his offensive coordinator duties ahead of the national championship game against Clemson.

Steve Sarkisian, Alabama's offensive coordinator in 2017, will take over immediately. This type of move is unprecedented. Head coach Nick Saban said the staff sat down after the school's demolition of Washington and acknowledged the tough task Kiffin had of managing both jobs of coaching Alabama and looking forward to his new job at FAU. That is the easy excuse to give to the media, but it was apparent that Saban was not pleased with Kiffin's playcalling in the game against the Huskies. Saban does not like distractions.
Jan 2 - 12:21 PM

ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit believes the reason Lane Kiffin hired Kendal Briles as offensive coordinator is Kiffin wants to take more of a CEO approach to this head coaching job.

That mean Briles will have "full control" of the offense, including playcalling. Therefore we can expect a Baylor style of offense. That will be a change for Kiffin, who has starred as Alabama's playcaller over the last few seasons. Kiffin seems to want to take a Nick Saban approach, which makes sense after coaching under the Alabama head man. Saban does take responsibility for special teams as well.
Mon, Dec 26, 2016 09:15:00 AM's Matt Zenitz reports that in early December, FAU HC Lane Kiffin tried to convince former Alabama QB Blake Barnett to transfer to the Owls.

While Barnett ultimately ended up committing to an Arizona State transfer last Monday, Kiffin was apparently far enough along in his negotiations with FAU at the time that he tried to twist the quarterback to edge off the commitment in favor of FAU. Adding a fair bit of spice to all this of this is that it reportedly occurred while Kiffin was still ostensibly a member of Alabama's coaching staff. Barnett left the Tide in late September and subsequently enrolled at Palomar Junior College. We would love a sneak peak at the Christmas cards Kiffin and Nick Saban will be exchanging next week. Probably lots of sentimental feeling.
Tue, Dec 13, 2016 01:12:00 PM

Alabama OC Lane Kiffin will be FAU's next head coach, according to ESPN's Brett McMurphy.

It will be a 5-year deal. This decision will surprise many, but let's try to explain why it happened. One, Florida is a hot bed for top collegiate talent, possibly making recruiting easier. Two, Kiffin will likely be able to call plays on offense. Teams are 35-21 at the college level with Kiffin as head coach, including Tennessee and USC. This can be viewed as a "prove it" opportunity for Kiffin.
Mon, Dec 12, 2016 10:57:00 AM

Tilman Fertitta, Houston's board of regents chair, questioned the validity of Alabama OC Lane Kiffin as a head-coaching candidate.

Along with Todd Orlando and Major Applewhite, Kiffin was a finalist to land the Houston head-coaching gig. The program tabbed Applewhite to fill the role earlier this week. Fertitta went on a KILT-AM radio show to shed a little more light on the decision. That light didn't exactly shine well on Kiffin. Said Fertitta, "Sure, he's been a head coach and he's been an OK head coach. But I can tell you this: [Kiffin] was not a safe hire." The board of regents chair also said that Kiffin was "never" close to becoming Houston's next head coach and that the stories that surfaced to the contrary prior to Applewhite's hire "are all put out by his agents." None of this sits comfortably, but Kiffin is still reportedly in the running for head-coaching jobs at FAU and USF as well as the offensive-coordinating gig at LSU.
Sat, Dec 10, 2016 03:18:00 PM

Football Scoop's Zach Barnett reports that FAU is "in talks" with Alabama OC Lane Kiffin regarding their open head-coaching position.

This is a surprising development. Kiffin had also been linked to the open coaching gigs at South Florida and Houston. He lost out on the Cougars job, which was filled by OC Major Applewhite. Charlie Strong is considered a strong candidate for the Bulls' gig at this juncture. Even if he whiffs on South Florida or FAU, Kiffin could also potentially still hook up with LSU as offensive coordinator. Stay tuned.
Fri, Dec 9, 2016 05:58:00 PM

Alabama HC Nick Saban prefers for OC Lane Kiffin to remain with the team through the College Football Playoffs.

Kiffin is reportedly close to being named head coach of Houston. "We're very supportive of Lane in terms of him having an opportunity to be a head coach again after the great job that he did for us," Saban said. "So hopefully [the Houston job] or some other opportunity will work out well for him so he gets the opportunity to be a head coach again." Asked if Kiffin would be with the Tide on Dec. 31 for the Peach Bowl against Washington, Saban said: "I think he'll want to finish the season with us but I can't speak to that right now because we haven't discussed something that is a hypothetical situation to this point. And I'm not going to answer any more questions about hypothetical situations." If the reports are true, we should know of Kiffin's future plans in the next day or two.
Thu, Dec 8, 2016 09:17:00 PM

ESPN's Brett McMurphy reports that Houston officials will meet Thursday night to discuss the candidates for the program's vacant head-coaching position.

Among those McMurphy hears will be attending Thursday's pow-wow, school president Renu Khator, AD Hunter Yurachek and board of regents chair Tilman J. Fertitta. Alabama OC Lane Kiffin and current Houston coordinators Major Applewhite and Todd Orlando are thought to be the finalists, here. Earlier on Thursday, USA Today's Dan Wolken relayed that Kiffin had the inside track to land the job pending approval from the higher powers.
Thu, Dec 8, 2016 03:35:00 PM

USA Today's Dan Wolken reports Alabama OC Lane Kiffin will be Houston's next head coach, pending "pending a Thursday meeting at which school President Renu Khator will have to give the final OK."

As you all know, Tom Herman left for Texas. Kiffin was the head coach of the Oakland Raiders from 2007-2008, Tennessee in 2009 and coached USC from 2010-2013 before being fired mid-season at the airport. Since then, Kiffin has been an outstanding coordinator at Alabama, taking the Crimson Tide's offense to the next level and at times matching the school's historic defense. Houston has been an offensive minded team in the past, but their best player is freshman defensive lineman Ed Oliver. Kiffin, at the very least, can keep Houston at the level they currently sit. Beat writer Joseph Duarte disputes Houston has made its decision at this time.
Source: USA Today
Thu, Dec 8, 2016 08:13:00 AM

Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman believes Alabama OC Lane Kiffin taking the USF head coaching vacancy seems like a very plausible idea.

Feldman cites Kiffin's ties to the area while surveying the other current openings. CBS Sports' Dennis Dodd previously stated something similar, saying Kiffin would be USF's top target. Willie Taggart was hired by Oregon. As expected, the coaching openings are filling up quickly.
Wed, Dec 7, 2016 08:26:00 AM

CBS Sports' Dennis Dodd reports that Alabama OC Lane Kiffin would be the leading candidate for USF's head-coaching position should current HC Willie Taggart take another job.

This is far from a slam dunk, as it would require Taggart to take a job elsewhere. However, it shouldn't be discounted outright. Over the weekend, Taggart reportedly interviewed with Oregon regarding the space vacated by Mark Helfrich. Should Taggart land with the Ducks, it would open up South Florida for a potential Kiffin hire. That is assuming Kiffin doesn't take one of any number of other jobs he has been attached to in the last few weeks. Among those, Houston (Dodd hears that he did "well" during that interview) and LSU. Should he decide to join LSU, that job would come in the form of offensive coordinator.
Source: CBS Sports
Tue, Dec 6, 2016 05:29:00 PM

ESPN's Sam Khan Jr. reports that Houston has interviewed Alabama OC Lane Kiffin, former LSU HC Les Miles, OC Major Applewhite and DC Todd Orlando for their open head-coaching position.

Per Khan, Houston is expected to make their hire to replace the departed Tom Herman by the end of the week. ESPN's Brett McMurphy previously reported that former Baylor HC Art Briles has also received an interview. Should Kiffin come away with the gig -- Nick Saban is said to be in support of him taking the job -- he is still expected to patrol the Bama sideline during their Playoff-run-to-be.
Tue, Dec 6, 2016 02:05:00 PM

Alabama OC Lane Kiffin will stay at the school through the Playoffs.

"People talk about next year," he said, "but we have a lot of work to do." Kiffin is reportedly a prime candidate for openings as Houston's head coach and LSU's offensive coordinator. ESPN's Brett McMurphy previously reported that Kiffin will interview on Sunday for the Cougars' head-coaching vacancy. Last week, HC Nick Saban told the media that Kiffin was "absolutely" ready to be a head coach again. "Those are signs of tremendous maturity as a coach who is not just committed to a system but is committed to doing things that he has to help players be successful," Saban said. "I think he's proven when he was a head coach he had a reasonably good amount of success -- much more than I think he gets credit for -- and he's done a phenomenal job in the three years he's been with us."
Source: ESPN
Sun, Dec 4, 2016 12:25:00 PM

ESPN's Brett McMuprhy reports Houston will interview Alabama OC Lane Kiffin, former LSU head coach Les Miles and former Baylor head coach Art Briles for the school's opening.

Kiffin and Miles make sense, but we continue to be amazed by the inclusion of Art Briles' name following the disaster at Baylor. Maybe we shouldn't be, as we know winning trumps everything for many programs. Kiffin's name has come up in LSU's offensive coordinator search, but he likely would prefer another head coaching job. Les Miles' name popped up in the Purdue search, but a previous report stated that would not happen.
Sat, Dec 3, 2016 12:04:00 PM