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FAU picks Lane Kiffin to be their coach

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Lane Kiffin is a head football coach once again. He has agreed to become the new Florida Atlantic University head football coach.

Kiffin was in talks with the school on Friday, before the talks stalled. He re-entered the mix on Sunday night before getting the deal done on Monday.

Former Alabama Crimson Tide offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin walks off the field after their 49-10 win over the Tennessee Volunteers
Lane Kiffin walks off the field after their 49-10 win over the Tennessee Volunteers (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

He’s been the Alabama Crimson Tide offensive coordinator for the past three years. New Louisiana State University head coach Ed Orgeron wanted Kiffin to be his new offensive coordinator.

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However, Alabama head coach Nick Saban was pushing for him to get this job, so he didn’t reunite with Orgeron. With Kiffin leaving for Florida, Saban will promote Steve Sarkisian to offensive coordinator.

Kiffin is taking over a program that went 3-9 under former head coach Charlie Partridge. In all three of his years as head coach of the Owls, Partridge guided the team to 3-9 records.

Their last .500 record came during the 2013 season when the team went 6-6 under head coaches Carl Pelini and Brian Wright. Their last winning record came during the 2008 season when Howard Schnellenberger guided the team to a 7-6 record following a win in the Motor City Bowl over the Central Michigan Chippewas.

As a head coach, Kiffin previously guided the Tennessee Volunteers for one season in 2009. He also guided the Southern California Trojans for four seasons from 2010 through 2013.

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Before being hired by the Volunteers, he spent parts of two seasons leading the Oakland Raiders. With the Raiders, he went 5-15 in 20 games.

He guided the team to a 7-6 record as the Volunteers head coach. With the Trojans, he went 28-15 before his departure.

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Anthony Caruso III
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Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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