On December 12, 2016 Alabama Offensive Coordinator Lane Kiffin agreed to become the new head coach of Florida Atlantic University. Kiffin will be taking over an FAU program that went 3-9 this season and will be replacing previous coach Charlie Partridge, who coached FAU for three seasons and went 9-27 in those three seasons but was fired back in November. Kiffin will remain Alabama’s Offensive Coordinator throughout the College Playoff similar to what Kirby Smart, the former Alabama Defensive Coordinator, did after taking the Georgia head coaching job last season.
Ealier last week Lane Kiffin’s name was thrown around amid reports that he was one of the finalists to become Houston’s newest head coach, before it was officially announced that Major Applewhite had accepted the job. Kiffin has been Offensive Coordinator for Alabama the past three seasons and during his time there the Crimson Tide have won three straight SEC titles, one national championship and are trying to win a second. Each of those seasons featured Kiffin getting three different first year starters ready at quarterback including this year’s true standout, freshman Jalen Hurts.
Lane Kiffin’s Head Coaching Career
This will be Lane Kiffin’s fourth head coaching job of his career. He was the head coach of the Oakland Raiders from 2007 midway through the 2008 season before being fired. He coached Tennessee for the 2009 season then went on to USC, where he would serve as head coach from 2010 to 2012. He was then fired five games into the 2013 season. On December 14, 2014 Kiffin then became the Offensive Coordinator of Alabama, which was where he shined.
Kiffin is considered to be a great offensive mind but he has had his fair share of controversy, particularly earlier in his coaching career, however last week Nick Saban said he believes that Kiffin is ready to become a head coach again.