Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin has agreed to become the next head coach of the Florida Atlantic Owls, according to multiple media reports.
Kiffin, who joined the Crimson Tide in 2014, was attached to several schools in the recent rumor mill of head coaching vacancies across college football. Kiffin ultimately went with the top job at Florida Atlantic, a Conference USA team that is only 15 years old.
Alabama won the 2015 national championship with Kiffin at the helm of the team’s offense, which featured Heisman Trophy-winner Derrick Henry and Mobile native Jake Coker. Kiffin will be the offensive coordinator through the College Football Playoff, which begins against Washington on December 31.
Kiffin was mentioned as a potential candidate for both Houston and USF, according to reports. LSU coach Ed Orgeron was expected to make to a run at Kiffin to bring him to Baton Rouge, though Kiffin began pursuing head coaching positions once Alabama finished its regular season with a win against Florida in the SEC Championship Game.
Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban said Monday during a press conference that the Crimson Tide has no timetable for hiring Kiffin’s replacement.