Florida Atlantic head coach Lane Kiffin would reportedly be willing to coach again at Tennessee, according to Chris Low of ESPN.
“Lane is definitely on board if Tennessee gives him a call,” Low told the Orange and White Report radio show in Knoxville. “That’s not going to happen, but as he told me, ‘People break up all the time and get back together.’”
Of course, Kiffin has led Florida Atlantic to a remarkable turn around this season. The Owls have posted an 8-3 overall record and a perfect 7-0 record in Conference USA in the first year under Kiffin after going just 3-9 last season.
Given the success Kiffin has had this season at FAU, it seems reasonable to think his name will be floated around in some open coaching vacancies this offseason. While his name might be mentioned some this offseason, it remains to be seen if he’ll be seriously considered for the Tennessee job.
Kiffin previously coached at Tennessee for one season in 2009 and led the Volunteers to a 7-6 record. He infamously left Tennessee suddenly to return to USC so he may not be welcomed back. While he has become one of the most interesting personalities among college football head coaches, he has a proven track record as a coach.
He may not be the most liked person in Knoxville at the moment, but if he can lead Tennessee back to prominence, he might be an option worth revisiting from the school’s standpoint.