When Lane Kiffin first got hired at FAU after leaving Alabama before the 2017 National Championship, we all assumed the same thing: this was just a pit stop on his way to another power 5 head coaching gig.
But then he took FAU to a nice 11-3 (after the team went 3-9 the year before) record in his first year, won a Conference USA Championship where had Boca girls swooning for him on the field, and then topped it off with a W in the Boca Raton Bowl. That’s 10 straight wins to finish out the season.
Towards the end of this surprisingly great first season, Kiffin was rewarded with a fat new 10-year contract, which was only a verbal agreement at the time. Yesterday, he signed it and will be locked into a contract until the 2027 season.
Lane Kiffin, Florida Atlantic University’s head football coach, has received a contract extension to lead the Owls through 2027.
“We are extremely excited about the contract extension. Obviously, this came about because of the success that Lane (Kiffin) has had here,” said Brian White, FAU’s vice president and director of athletics. “It shows Lane’s commitment to FAU. It also shows the University’s and (FAU President) Dr. (John) Kelly’s commitment to our football program and all of athletics. It is an exciting thing to be a part of and shows a bright future for FAU.”
Kiffin led the Owls to an 11-3 record in 2017 and their first Conference USA Championship and first Boca Raton Bowl victory. It marked the second conference title and third bowl win in the program’s 17 seasons.
FAU will be led in 2018 by 16 players who recently received preseason all-conference recognition by Athlon Sports. That list includes Devin “Motor” Singletary, who led the country in both touchdowns (33) and scoring (198).
Now, this puts a dent in my hopes that Lane will eventually get back into the SEC as a head coach so he can face off against Saban. Although, I’m sure there are buyouts and other ways that he could jump ship if he wanted. But now that I think about it, I think it would be awesome if he stayed there and built a wagon in Conference USA. Turn FAU into a dominant mid-major team. No spotlight, no pressure, it has the chance to be incredible.
All aboard the LANE TRAIN in Boca!