Lane Kiffin is reportedly talking to a controversial candidate to fill a major position on his staff at Florida Atlantic.
FootballScoop reports Kiffin has reached out to Baylor offensive coordinator Kendal Briles to be the Owls’ offensive coordinator. Briles is not expected to be retained by new Baylor head coach Matt Rhule.
“Industry sources tell us Lane Kiffin has had productive conversations with Kendal Briles about joining the FAU staff as offensive coordinator. We are told he is a strong candidate for the position,” FootballScoop reported.
Briles is in his ninth year on Baylor’s staff and his second as offensive coordinator. The Bears are averaging 34.9 points per game this season after averaging 48.1 in 2015.
Briles’ father, Art, was fired from his position as head coach for the Bears in May in the wake of the Pepper Hamilton report, which found evidence that Baylor football coaches mishandled allegations of sexual assault and domestic violence against players.
No Baylor coach was mentioned by name in the 13-page finding of fact released by the university. However, the document said that in multiple instances that members of the football staff “affirmatively chose not to report sexual violence and dating violence to an appropriate administrator outside of athletics.”
Art Briles’ high-scoring, fast-paced system has been adopted with success at Tulsa, Syracuse and Texas.
Reports last week indicated Kiffin wanted to hire Alabama offensive analyst Mike Locksley as his offensive coordinator. However, reports that the hire had been made were inaccurate.