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Lane Kiffin was named Florida Atlantic University's head football coach on Dec. 13, 2016 and stated in his introductory press conference that “to do the impossible, you must see the invisible.”
Few saw the invisible; however Kiffin’s extensive college and professional coaching experience allowed him to see what FAU could be, the impossible. That December day he began his task to accelerate the development of the university's ambitions to transform college football in South Florida all while continuing the Owls' football team's classroom successes.
By the first Wednesday in February, Kiffin had assembled one of the best and most highly-acclaimed coaching staffs in the country. That staff built the highest-rated recruiting class in Conference USA. The returning players had begun to learn the “fourth quarter program” and collectively the staff was not done seeking out players that would contribute in 2017.
Spring practice began, which was the first opportunity for the staff work with the returning players on the practice field. They evaluated and hit the recruiting trails once more, filling gaps and building a future. That process continued through preseason camp when the Owls were joined by several transfers and the team was assembled.
FAU would stumble in a six-hour Navy game and then travel to Wisconsin, where they remained for five days due to a hurricane and its damage to South Florida. Upon returning, the Owls defeated Bethune-Cookman to garner Kiffin his first win. A trip to Buffalo that dealt FAU its third loss may have been the team’s turning point, as FAU then tallied a program-high 10 consecutive convincing victories, the second longest active streak in the country. The Owls’ 11 victories were two more than the previous three seasons combined and earned the program votes in national polls. Along the way, 41 individual or team records were amassed, and an FAU-record 21 players earned All-Conference USA recognition. Devin Singletary, who rushed for 32 touchdowns, the third most all-time nationally, became the first FAU player to receive AP All-America honors and was named C-USA’s MVP. The Owls captured their second conference title, the first since joining C-USA and first since 2007. FAU remained a perfect 3-0 in bowl play by defeating Akron in the Boca Raton Bowl, 50-3. Statistically, the Owls finished in the top-25 in 16 team categories, including: No. 2 in passes intercepted, No. 5 in first down offense, No. 6 in rushing offense, No. 8 in kickoff return defense, red zone offense and turnovers lost, and No. 9 in total offense and turnover margin (by comparison, FAU was No. 72 the previous season in total offense and No. 99 in turnovers gained). Individually, Singletary led the nation in touchdowns and points scored, Jalen Young was No. 2 in interceptions and Azeez Al-Shaair was No. 5 in total tackles.
Kiffin, who remained on the National Coach of the Year ballot through much of the season, brought unparalleled attention to FAU. While every game was televised, he became a regular on “ESPN’s Game Day” as did “phathead” images and videos of a “Lane Train” moving through campus.
Kiffin joins the FAU Owls after three seasons at the University of Alabama, where he served as the Tide's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He was a finalist for the Frank Broyles Award in 2014, which goes to the country's best assistant coach.
His final season with the Tide, Kiffin mentored Jalen Hurt, the first freshman to start at quarterback in head coach Nick Saban’s career. Hurt finished 13-1 as the starting QB and guided Alabama to a SEC Title and to the National Championship game. Hurt was a Freshman All-American, the SEC Offensive Player of the year and the SEC Freshman of the Year. He was a finalist for the Manning Award, the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award, a semifinalist for the Walter Camp Player of the Year and the Davey O’Brien Award, presented annually to the nation’s top quarterback. Hurt completed 240 passes for a total of 2,780 yards compared to just nine INTS. He tossed 23 touchdowns and score another 13 with his feet and was a 1,161-yard rusher.
In 2015, Kiffin oversaw the development of quarterback Jake Coker, who finished his career 14-0 as a starter at Alabama and led the nation in completion percentage over the final 10 games of the season at 72.2 percent. Coker threw for 3,110 yards with 21 touchdowns, which ranks as the second-most passing yards in school history. On the ground, Kiffin fed Heisman Trophy running back Derrick Henry the ball a school-and SEC-record 395 times for a record 2,219 yards and 23 touchdowns. Henry's 2,219 yards was also the fifth-most rushing yards in a single season in college football history.
One of Kiffin's first responsibilities at Alabama was identifying a starting quarterback and then developing Blake Sims in 2014. With three-year starter and All-American AJ McCarron off to the NFL, Kiffin oversaw Sims' rise to the top of the Alabama depth chart en route to a school-record 3,487 passing yards and 3,837 yards of total offense while completing 64.5 percent of his passes. He ranked tied for fourth nationally in total QBR (83.7) and seventh in passing efficiency (157.9). Sims was selected second-team All-SEC, named to the Senior Bowl, tabbed as a finalist for the Manning Award and a semifinalist for the Davey O'Brien Award.
Kiffin's offense ranked 17th nationally in total offense per game (484.5) while scoring an average of 36.9 points per game. The passing game averaged a school-record 277.9 yards per game (3,890) to rank 28th nationally and fourth in the SEC. Amari Cooper won the Biletnikoff Award as the nation's best receiver, after catching a school- and SEC-record 124 passes for a UA-record 1,727 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns.
He spent the previous three-plus seasons as the head coach at Southern California, where he compiled a record of 28-15. Kiffin's 2012 USC squad went 7-6 overall and 5-4 in the Pac-12 South, good for second place. Wide receiver Marquise Lee was a unanimous first team All-American and won the Biletnikoff Award while also being named the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year. Quarterback Matt Barkley, who won the Wuerffel Trophy, set conference records for passing yards and passing touchdowns.
Kiffin led the Trojans to a 10-2 record in 2011 and a sixth-place finish in the final Associated Press poll. The team finished first in the Pac-12 South with a 7-2 mark. His 2011 USC offense produced a 3,500-yard passer, a pair of 1,000-yard receivers and a 1,000-yard rusher. Three Trojans earned First Team All-America honors (Matt Kalil, Robert Woods and T.J. McDonald) and five were named Freshman All-Americans.
In his first year as the head coach at USC, Kiffin led the Trojans to an 8-5 record (5-4 Pac-10). Before his arrival, the Trojans were averaging 26.5 points per game in scoring offense and 389.1 yards per game in total offense. In his first two seasons, those numbers increased to 31.0 points per game and 431.5 yards in 2011 and 35.8 points and 456.8 yards in 2012.
Prior to his tenure at Southern California, Kiffin served as the head coach at Tennessee in 2009. He led the Volunteers to a second-place finish in the SEC East and an appearance in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. The Volunteers' offense jumped at least 34 places in every national statistical category over the 2008 figures. Tennessee improved from 17.3 to 29.3 points per game while going from 268.8 to 383.5 yards per game in total offense.
Kiffin came to Tennessee from the Oakland Raiders, where he served as head coach from 2007-08. At 31, he was the youngest head coach in the NFL's modern era. Oakland's offense significantly improved in his first year, up 7.2 points per game and 48.6 yards per game from 2006.
Prior to his first head coaching job, Kiffin spent six years as an assistant coach for Pete Carroll at Southern California, including two years as the offensive coordinator (2005-06). During his first tenure with the Trojans, USC captured two national championships and compiled a 65-12 record. Kiffin was promoted to passing game coordinator in 2004 and helped Matt Leinart win the Heisman Trophy as he passed for 3,322 yards with 33 touchdowns and just six interceptions.
He took over as USC's offensive coordinator in 2005 and led the Trojans to a scoring average of 49.1 points per game and 579.8 yards per game of total offense during his two years as offensive coordinator. Kiffin started at USC in 2001 as the tight ends coach and then coached the wide receivers during his remaining five years.
Kiffin graduated from Fresno State in 1998 after playing quarterback for three seasons (1994-96) for the Bulldogs. He began his coaching career as a student assistant at Fresno State under Pat Hill in 1997 and 1998. He moved on to Colorado State in 1999 as offensive line assistant. He spent the 2000 season as defensive quality control assistant with the Jacksonville Jaguars under Tom Coughlin.
Kiffin attended Bloomington (Minn.) Jefferson High, where he played football, basketball and baseball. He has two daughters, Landry and Presley, and one son, Knox.
Born: May 9, 1975
Hometown: Tampa, Fla.
Education: Fresno State ‘98
Family: Daughters Landry and Pressley and son Monte Knox
Lane Kiffin File
|2017||Florida Atlantic Head Coach|
|2016||Alabama Offensive Coordinator||SEC Title|
|2015||Alabama Offensive Coordinator||National Championship/SEC Title|
|2014||Alabama Offensive Coordinator||SEC Title|
|2013||USC Head Coach||3-2|
|2012||USC Head Coach||7-6|
|2011||USC Head Coach||10-2|
|2010||USC Head Coach||8-5|
|2009||Tennessee Head Coach||7-6||Chick-fil-A Bowl|
|2008||Oakland Raiders Head Coach||1-3|
|2007||Oakland Raiders Head Coach||4-12|
|2006||USC Offensive Coordinator||PAC-10 Champion/No. 2|
|2005||USC Offensive Coordinator||PAC-10 Champion/Roee Bowl|
|2004||USC Wide Receivers Coach||Captured National Title (vacated)|
|2003||USC Wide Receivers Coach||PAC-10 Champion/AP National Champion|
|2002||USC Wide Receivers Coach||PAC-10 Co-Champion/Orange Bowl|
|2001||USC Tight Ends Coach|
|2000||Jacksonville Jaguars Offensive QC|
|1999||Fresno State OL|
|1998||Fresno State Assistant Coach|
|1997||Fresno State Assistant Coach|