With the college football season now officially wrapped up, many have started to look ahead to the 2018 season. If we’re to believe one bold prediction from ESPN college football writer Mark Schlabach, Florida Atlantic head coach Lane Kiffin could be looking at a big year as he believes Kiffin will get a head coaching job at a Power 5 school after the 2018 season.
With another 10-win season — the Owls bring back quarterback Jason Driskel, running back Devin Singletary and added a few key transfers — Kiffin will be one of the hottest coaching candidates going into the 2018 silly season. As long as Kiffin doesn’t implode on Twitter, he’ll be coaching at a Power 5 school in 2019.
Kiffin guided the Owls to an 11-3 season that included a perfect 8-0 record in Conference USA play and a victory over Akron in the Boca Raton Bowl. It was the program’s first bowl appearance since 2008 and marked the first 10-win season in school history.
Many believe that Kiffin would leave Florida Atlantic should the right position open up, but it remains to be seen if that will ultimately happen after Kiffin reportedly signed a new 10-year contract with the school last month.
Kiffin took the Florida Atlantic job after a three-year stint as the offensive coordinator at Alabama. Kiffin has reportedly had limited interest from major schools, and many see his tenure at Florida Atlantic as a way to prove that Kiffin has matured since his days as the head coach at Tennessee and USC.