Lane Kiffin has reportedly taken the head coaching job at Florida Atlantic.
ESPN’s Brett McMurphy first reported the deal Monday. Kiffin was in talks with FAU on Friday, but those negotiations had slowed down over the weekend. The Alabama offensive coordinator was reportedly one of the Owls’ top two candidates, along with Michigan offensive coordinator Tim Drevno.
Kiffin will stay with the Crimson Tide through the College Football Playoff. Alabama plays Washington in the playoff semifinal at the Peach Bowl on Dec. 31.
— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) December 12, 2016
Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman reports Kiffin’s deal is for five years.
Kiffin was a candidate for two other Group of Five openings: Houston and South Florida. But the Cougars passed on Kiffin to promote offensive coordinator Major Applewhite on Friday. USF hired former Texas head coach Charlie Strong on Sunday.
LSU had been targeting Kiffin for its offensive coordinator position. Alabama head coach Nick Saban reportedly campaigned for Kiffin for the openings at Houston and FAU in order to avoid facing him with the Tigers.
With Kiffin now unavailable, LSU’s three top candidates are former Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich, Pitt offensive coordinator Matt Canada and Alabama offensive analyst Steve Sarkisian.
Kiffin has served as Alabama’s offensive coordinator since 2014. He has a 35-21 record as a college head coach during stops at Tennessee and USC. FAU fired former head coach Charlie Partridge on Nov. 27 after three straight 3-9 seasons.