Football: Head coach Lane Kiffin signs new 10 year deal (Update)

Kiffin is the second winningest coach in program history in his first year.


FAU head coach Lane Kiffin walks off the team bus before the team’s Nov. 3 game versus Marshall. Lauren Sopourn | Staff Photographer

Matt Brown, Contributing Writer

Update (12/19 7:00 P.M.) According to the Associated Press, the deal is a six-year extension through 2027, not just a new 10-year deal. The final financial and other considerations still have to be finalized, according to AP.

Florida Atlantic have been working to keep the Lane Train in Boca Raton, and it looks like their efforts have paid off.

As first reported by ESPN’s Chris Low, Florida Atlantic Head Football Coach Lane Kiffin signed a new contract to stay at the helm for the next 10 years Tuesday before the team’s bowl game.

Kiffin’s initial deal was to pay him $950,000 annually for five years. The exact terms of the deal are not reported yet.

“This is further proof of FAU’s unbridled ambition,”FAU President John Kelly said to ESPN on Tuesday.

Before Kiffin’s arrival, the team went through three straight 3-9 seasons.

The Owls 10 wins this season is already the most in program history as an FBS school. In just his first season as head coach of FAU, Kiffin is already second in program history in wins (10) to program founder Howard Schnellenberger.

He has led the team on a school record nine straight wins as an FBS program and can extend that record to 10 tonight against Akron in hopes of the teams first bowl victory since 2008.

“We are grateful that the president and university are this excited about what we are doing here at FAU and into the future, although our focus remains completely on the team and this historic season finale tonight on ESPN,” Kiffin said to ESPN.

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