Lane Kiffin has decided to stay in Florida, at least for the time being.
Maybe it’s the 1,200 miles of sandy beaches, maybe it’s the weather, or maybe it’s just the people, but Kiffin, one of the most polarizing football coaches of the last decade, has agreed to stay in Florida for at least the next nine years.
According to ESPN, Kiffin resurrected Florida Atlantic University’s football program after one season, which was the most successful season in FAU’s history.
“We expect to play this way, and we’re just getting started,” said Kiffin after the school’s recent victory against Akron in the Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl for the team’s 10th straight win. “This ain’t about me. I feel great for our players and fans. They haven’t won in a long time here. This has got to be the hottest team in the country.”
Kiffin hasn’t had a history of staying in one place or even one league for an extended period of time. He served as the offensive coordinator for the USC Trojans from 2005 to 2006, then was the youngest head coach in NFL history in 2007 (until Sean McVay joined the Los Angeles Rams). He went back to the collegiate level in 2009, when he became the head coach of the University of Tennessee Volunteers and was then head coach of the Trojans until 2013. He left USC to become the offensive coordinator of the University of Alabama in 2014 and then a week before the 2017 National Championship game against Clemson, he decided again to leave for the head coaching job at FAU.
“This is further proof of FAU’s unbridled ambition,” said FAU president John Kelly.
Kiffin, now 42 years old, told ESPN earlier in the month that he was “at peace.”
“I can go wherever I want and not many people recognize me,” Kiffin added, “and who wouldn’t love living in Boca?”