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Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline hears that NFL teams are not quite sure what FAU DL Trey Hendrickson's best positional fit is at the next level.

Pauline writes that Hendrickson "has looked really good in the early going at Shrine [Game] practices, but many question where will he line up on Sunday." The 6-foot-4, 270-pounder could be utilized as either a linebacker or defensive lineman. He has been invited to the NFL Scouting Combine and Pauline notes that he "has been told he will participate with the defensive linemen then do alternate position drill at linebacker." This past season, Hendrickson registered 50 tackles (15.0 for loss), 9.5 sacks and a forced fumble over the course of 12 games played.
Jan 17 - 5:42 PM

FAU athletic director Pat Chun indicated that the school isn't interested in having former Baylor HC Art Briles around the program.

The Owls recently hired former Baylor OC Kendal Briles to serve in the same capacity, but they apparently aren't interested in his famous father. "Kendal Briles is who we’ve hired," Chun said. "There’s nothing to read into that other than the fact that he’s going to be the guy that’s going to be here." FAU had a conversation with NCAA regulators about Kendal Briles' standing and came away confident enough to hire him. "We’ve gone through everything with the NCAA that was going on at Baylor," Chun said. "We’re happy he’s here. We’re excited for him to get a fresh start here." Even slightly down, Kendal Briles’ Baylor offense was a top-10 finisher in both scoring and total offense this season.
Source: Owl Access
Jan 4 - 4:41 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.
Jan 2 - 3:51 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.
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

ESPN's Adam Rittenberg reports that FAU will hire Baylor OC Kendal Briles to serve in the same capacity.

Briles is expected to coach with the Bears in the Motel 6 Cactus Bowl against Boise State on Tuesday. He will then scoot on over to Florida Atlantic. ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit has reported that Briles will have full play-calling duties and will be able to maintain full control over the offense while new FAU HC Lane Kiffin focuses on his wider duties. Herbstreit referred to the hire as a "home run." While Briles was implicated in several recruiting violations earlier this week, FAU has reportedly checked in with both the NCAA and Baylor itself to make sure that Briles will be able to continue coaching without issue. All systems go. Prepare for the Owl Raid.
Source: ESPN.com
Sat, Dec 24, 2016 11:59:00 AM

The NCAA infraction committee has determined that Baylor assistant coaches Kendall Briles and Tate Wallis made several recruiting violations.

Relatively minor stuff, here, but once more Baylor finds itself in the headlines for the wrong reasons. The NCAA infraction committee has determined that Briles and Wallis surpassed the allowed number of evaluations in regards to a pair of recruits and had impermissible contact with another. The NCAA issued a $5,000 fine and otherwise held up Baylor's self-administered punishments. Among those punishments, the program has installed recruiting restrictions.
Source: ESPN.com
Wed, Dec 21, 2016 01:01:00 PM

Former FSU redshirt freshman QB De'Andre Johnson will transfer to Florida Atlantic.

Readers, meet Lane Kiffin's first big acquisition. Johnson spent the past two years at East Mississippi Junior College (yes -- the school featured in the popular Netflix documentary "Last Chance U") after getting dismissed by the Seminoles in August 2015. He will enroll at FAU in January. The 6-foot, 170-pound Johnson, a three-star recruit and the No. 2 pro-style JUCO quarterback in the Class of 2017, has three years of eligibility remaining. The Owls had some of the worst QB play that we saw at the FBS level this year. Consider Johnson the early favorite to start for Kiffin's first Owls squad.
Source: 247 Sports
Wed, Dec 14, 2016 02:03:00 PM

AL.com'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.
Source: AL.com
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.
Source: ESPN.com
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.
Source: AL.com
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.
Source: ESPN.com
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


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