Lane Kiffin didn’t wait very long to make headlines at FAU. He’s hiring one of the most controversial offensive coordinator’s in the country.
According to ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit, Kiffin is hiring Baylor offensive coordinator Kendal Briles for the same position at Florida Atlantic. Per Herbstreit, Briles will have play-calling duties so Kiffin can focus more on CEO duties.
Lane Kiffin has hired Kendal Briles as his OC-Giving him full control of the off.-including play calling-allowing Lane to be more of a CEO
— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) December 24, 2016
Sports Illustrated’s Pete Thamel also confirmed the hiring.
News: Lane Kiffin tells @SInow he's hiring former Baylor OC Kendal Briles as the offensive coordinator at FAU.
— Pete Thamel (@SIPeteThamel) December 24, 2016
Briles’ father, Art, was the head coach of Baylor until May when he was dismissed due to the school’s investigation into numerous sexual assaults committed by members of the football team. It was also learned this week that Briles had been suspended at Baylor for committing a recruiting violation in 2015.
Per Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports, Briles also had interest from Houston and Notre Dame regarding their offensive coordinator openings.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) December 24, 2016
Kiffin also has landed a quarterback, as former Florida State QB De’Andre Johnson will play for the Owls next year. Johnson was kicked off the team at FSU team after punching a woman at a bar.
Kiffin will take over at Florida Atlantic after Alabama concludes the College Football Playoff. Kiffin will be replaced by former USC head coach Steve Sarkisian as the Crimson Tide’s offensive coordinator.