Florida coaching search: What you need to know about Lane Kiffin

As the Florida Gators search for their next football coach, SEC Country will take a closer look at the top candidates for the job. 

All aboard the Lane Train?

While it seems unlikely Lane Kiffin will make the jump to Florida this season, there have been murmurs from the fan base about the Nick Saban disciple’s next possible move.

Here’s what you need to know about Kiffin:

Lane Kiffin’s coaching resume

Kiffin is in his 17th season coaching at the college or NFL level and on his fourth stint as a head coach, although the first three didn’t pan out.

He spent his first six seasons at Southern California as the Trojans’ tight ends coach (2001), wide receivers coach (2002-2004) and offensive coordinator (2005-2006).

After helping USC to a 23-3 record during his stint as offensive coordinator (although the wins from 2005 season were retroactively vacated due to the Reggie Bush scandal), a 31-year-old Kiffin was hired to be the coach of the Oakland Raiders, becoming the youngest coach in Raiders history. He lasted two seasons and went 5-15.

After being fired, Kiffin took over at Tennessee for the 2009 season. He stayed for one 7-6 season before bolting to take over at USC, where his coaching career began. Then-Tennessee athletic director Mike Hamilton simply described Kiffin’s tenure as “brief.”

Kiffin spent four years at USC in his second stint and went 28-15 before being fired five games into the 2013 season.

He spent three years as Alabama’s offensive coordinator from 2014-2016, helping the Crimson Tide win three SEC Championships and the national championship in 2015 before taking the coaching job at Florida Atlantic. Kiffin is 6-3 in his first season with the Owls.

Offensive development

Kiffin’s ability to run a high octane offense is on display. This season, Florida Atlantic ranks 20th nationally in total offense (468 yards/game) and 15th in scoring (38.4 points/game).

But his roots run further than just the 2017 season.

Kiffin coached three top-30 offenses during his time at Alabama, and his offense finished in the top 40 in his three full seasons at USC.

Drama in his tenures

Despite his potential for success, Kiffin is not without his flaws or drama in his coaching tenure.

As SBNation’s Jason Kirk recounted in January, Kiffin has had dramatic departures from each of his last four jobs. In summary:

  • He was fired after 20 games with the Raiders after what owner Al Davis called a tenure he said he was “embarrassed to watch” and later admitted “I picked the wrong guy.”
  • He bolted from Tennessee after 14 months.
  • He was fired from USC at the airport and left on the tarmac.
  • He was fired from Alabama before the Peach Bowl and replaced for a second time by Steve Sarkisian. After the Peach Bowl media day, Kiffin was left behind at the Georgia Dome.

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