Lane Kiffin is now the head coach at FAU and turned around the football program in only one year there. The team went from 3-9 to 10-3 and became the champions of Conference USA when they defeated North Texas in the championship game. The team went undefeated in conference play and that has prompted the school to approach Kiffin about a new contract.
The Palm Beach Post is reporting that Kiffin and the Owls are working on a new deal and the coach even told the newspaper that he was hoping to have it done before the team’s bowl game against Akron on Tuesday.
“Hopefully, we can finish something before the game even,” Kiffin said.
FAU President John Kelly told ESPN West Palm that the school was indeed working on the new contract said, “I’ve told Lane that when I met with him, I thought we could be a top-25 program and we need a coach who can do that. He’s on the verge of doing that. We’re obviously looking toward keeping Lane long term.”
Kiffin signed a five-year, $4.5 million contract last December and with a win over Akron in the Boca Raton Bowl, the possibility of cracking the top-25 is certainly there. There are currently no details on the contract, but you can rest assured that the former NFL, Tennessee and USC head coach is going to make a little more money. He is somehow already the second-winningest coach in program history behind Howard Schnellenberger’s 58 wins.
FAU has not played in a bowl game since 2008 and has only won nine games over the last three seasons. There was speculation that Lane Kiffin might head elsewhere after he led the team to eight straight wins to end the season and proved he can handle being a head coach again.