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Team: Florida Atlantic Owls
Age / DOB:  (43) / 5/9/1975

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CBS Sports writer Tom Fornelli believes that Florida Atlantic can be 2018's version of UCF.
There weren't many teams that ended hotter than Florida Atlantic did last year, excluding UCF itself, of course. Outside of needing to replace Jason Driskel at quarterback, there really aren't many questions on the FAU roster, and they bring back superstar tailback Devin Singletary. "The Owls will once again be the most talented team in the conference, and they also have two big "prove it" games against Oklahoma and UCF," writes Fornelli. "Even if they lose to the Sooners, a win over UCF would go a long way toward seeing the Owls ranked ahead of the Knights or another possible AAC champion should they win out elsewhere." We're excited, too. Feb 24 - 6:48 PM
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CBS Sports college football writer Tom Fornelli lists FAU at the top spot of teams that will receive the most offseason hype.

All aboard the Lake Kiffin train. Fornelli also lists Auburn, Washington, Texas and Miami in his top five, respectively. Florida Atlantic ranks at the top, however, after their 10-3 season and dominance during the Conference USA season. "The Owls open on the road at Oklahoma before facing Air Force and UCF," Fornelli writes. "So before the 2018 season begins, there will be plenty of talk about whether Lane Kiffin's team can somehow knock off the Sooners or go 12-1 and get in the New Year's Six."
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 4 - 1:26 PM

FOX Sports' Bruce Feldman reports that FAU and HC Lane Kiffin are finalizing a new 10-year contract.

About a year ago this time, Kiffin was unceremoniously being booted from Playoff coordinating duties at Alabama in advance of the National Championship Game. Now, he's the talk of Boca Raton. The Owls limped out to a 1-3 start to the season, but have not lost since, as they've rattled off nine consecutive victories. Kiffin will try to cap this immaculate season with a win over Akron in the Boca Raton Bowl on Tuesday evening.
Tue, Dec 19, 2017 01:02:00 PM

According to ESPN's Chris Low, Lane Kiffin would be "on board" if Tennessee called him about their coaching vacancy.

We are all here for this kind of chaos. Kiffin coached the Vols for the 2009 season, between his stops with the Raiders and USC. It did not end well, as Tennessee fans acted ridiculous upon his departure. Kiffin's first season with FAU has been impressive, but it remains to be seen if it is a "one and done" situation with Kiffin and the Owls.
Thu, Nov 23, 2017 10:37:00 AM

Former Alabama WR Antonio Carter's lawsuit against current FAU coach Lane Kiffin was dismissed on Wednesday.

The lawsuit was in regards to claims by Carter that Kiffin deliberately misled him regarding a job on the FAU football staff in order to benefit from his family relationship with a prospective recruit. Because the case was dismissed by Circuit Judge Laura Alvis with prejudice, it cannot be refiled.
Fri, Oct 20, 2017 12:35:00 AM

FAU is hopeful that their scheduled showdown with Bethune-Cookman can be played as scheduled on Saturday.

The Owls were stranded in Madison following their loss to the Badgers due to the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, but they are flying back to Boca Raton on Wednesday evening. Wisconsin extended lodging, food and practice facilities to their unexpected guests while the FAU team waited out the storm. Aiding the cause for this weekend's game against Bethune-Cookman, the hurricane did not cause significant structural damage to FAU Stadium. Saturday's contest is scheduled to kick at 6:30 EST barring a last-minute change.
Wed, Sep 13, 2017 09:21:00 PM

FAU will stay in Madison until the threat Hurricane Irma poses to travel has passed.

The Owls were able to travel to Wisconsin for their showdown with the Badgers, but for the foreseeable future, they will not be leaving Madison. This was a possibility that both FAU and Wisconsin had planned for during the practice week -- the Badgers will accommodate HC Lane Kiffin and crew with lodging, food and use of practice facilities until it is safe for the Owls to travel.
Sun, Sep 10, 2017 02:16:00 PM

Hurricane Irma's landfall in the state of Florida is not expected to impact FAU's travel for their Saturday game against Wisconsin.

As FAU will be heading up to Madison for Saturday's game, the only real question, here, was whether their travel plans would be scuttled by Irma. That won't be the case on the initial journey -- the Category 5 hurricane is not expected to make landfall until late this weekend or early next week -- but should FAU be stranded in Wisconsin after the game while waiting out the storm, Wisconsin will pay for FAU's lodging and food and would potentially accommodate the Owls in allowing them use of practice facilities should they be needed.
Thu, Sep 7, 2017 04:05:00 PM

FAU HC Lane Kiffin refuted reports that he has used former Baylor coach Art Briles as a consultant.

Kiffin said Briles hasn't been used formally or informally, and added that Briles has never been to a practice. "Somebody texted me and wanted to know why I hired Art Briles, and I was like, 'What?'" Kiffin said. "He's absolutely not a consultant and has never been to practice or spoken to our team. That's classic 'somebody trying to make it a story' because it's Art Briles and Lane Kiffin." Kendal Briles, Art's son, is the new FAU offensive coordinator. Kendal indicated that he's talked to his dad about personnel and offensive strategy.
Source: ESPN
Wed, Aug 23, 2017 01:23:00 PM

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.
Mon, Jan 2, 2017 03:51:00 PM

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.
Mon, Jan 2, 2017 12:21:00 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