Lane Kiffin is moving on from just being an amazing assistant coach, as he was named as the new head coach for Florida Atlantic University on Tuesday.
FAU is hoping Kiffin’s addition to the team will help accelerate development and help transform college football in South Florida.
— FAU Football (@FAU_Football) December 13, 2016
Kiffin has had his share of accolades during his time as Alabama’s offensive coordinator, leading them to a national championship and SEC championship. In 2014, Kiffin was a finalist for the Frank Broyles Award, which is given to the country’s best assistant coach.
FAU President John Kelly had nothing but praise for Kiffin.
“Lane will change the face of college football here,” Kelly said. “Our players will respond to him, our recruitment drives will respond to him, and our fans will respond to him. FAU Stadium will be the home of college football in South Florida.”
Kiffin’s last stint at the head coaching job came at USC, but lots of trouble over on the west coast caused him to move on from that position.
Kiffin still has some time left with the Crimson Tide, as they head on to play in the College Fotball Playoffs, but he does admit he’s eager for his first season with the FAU Owls.
“After meeting numerous times with President John Kelly, Anthony Barbar, Abdol Moabery, Dick Schmidt and Pat Chun, it was obvious the commitment here at Florida Atlantic is to take this program to the next level,” Kiffin said. “I’m very honored and humbled for Florida Atlantic to give myself and our staff an opportunity to build a championship program here. There’s no timeline for championships, but there is a commitment to go to work every day to get there.”
FAU’s football program has been led by other great coaches including Howard Schnellenberger, who was the pivotal person to built the program to what it has become.
Kiffin’s contract with FAU is worth $4.75 million over five years.