FAU signs up to ride the Lane Train for 10 years

Beth Cruz
December 20, 2017

"This is further proof of FAU's unbridled ambition", FAU President Dr. John Kelly told ESPN. Gilbert is a first-team all-Mid-American Conference selection who has recorded more than 120 tackles each of the last two seasons.

A person familiar with the negotiations says Lane Kiffin and Florida Atlantic have agreed on a six-year extension through 2027.

It would be surprising to see Kiffin stick around for the first five years, let alone 10 years. FAU hired Kiffin, son of legendary defensive National Football League and college coach Monte Kiffin, after he did time as Alabama's offensive coordinator under Nick Saban.

He started the season with a 1-3 record, but finished with a nine-game winning streak to win the C-USA.

Kiffin previously served as head coach at the University of Tennessee (7-6 in one season) and USC (28-15 in three-plus seasons) at the collegiate level.


"Our team has not been the most dominant team at times", Bowden said, "but our team has been this season one of my favorite teams in 24 years as a head coach, a team that fights and finds a way to win ballgames that many think they can't win".

It followed Kiffin's welcoming of Mullen to Florida last month, which he called "FAU's state".

Where is the Boca Raton Bowl, and how can I watch? FAU rebounded to become a 10-win team for the first time at the FBS level.

"There's no entitlement with these kids". "The impact he has made on college football, the NFL and college football, still is prominent today".

"And we haven't done anything else differently, so it has to be Lane", Kelly said to ESPN. "I laugh just about every day at something he puts on Twitter and understand that he's about the good of the institution and is thinking about what appeals to a 17-year-old kid and not a 60-year-old guy".

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