Published: Wed, December 20, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

FAU signs up to ride the Lane Train for 10 years

FAU signs up to ride the Lane Train for 10 years

Before Kiffin's arrival, FAU had suffered through three straight 3-9 seasons.

The former Tennessee coach and Alabama offensive coordinator has proven to be a success in his first season in Boca Raton, Fla., while leading Florida Atlantic to a 10-3 record before its bowl appearance.

"This is further proof of FAU's unbridled ambition", Florida Atlantic president Dr. John Kelly told ESPN on Tuesday. The Owls earned an opportunity to compete in Tuesday's Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl against Akron.

Well FAU fans, look for the greatest season in school history to continue as bowl season is upon us.

Florida Atlantic is favored by 22 points (see DMan's picks).

The only other team with a chance to claim that distinction would be UCF, if the Knights can beat Auburn in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl on January 1. The team went undefeated in conference play and that has prompted the school to approach Kiffin about a new contract.

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Bowden's Zips, who lost the Mid-American Conference title game 45-28 to Toledo after winning the league's East Division, are among the team leaders in several defensive categories.

According to longtime college football reporter Bruce Feldman, FAU and Kiffin are finalizing a 10-year deal.

"They weren't just walk-around coaches", Lane Kiffin said.

The Owls' nine-game win streak is the second longest in the country behind the 12-game streak put together by Central Florida. FAU hired Kiffin, son of legendary defensive National Football League and college coach Monte Kiffin, after he did time as Alabama's offensive coordinator under Nick Saban.

"And we haven't done anything else differently, so it has to be Lane", Kelly said. The Huskies have one of the top MAC defenses, including sophomore defensive end Sutton Smith, a consensus All-America who led the nation in sacks with 14. We expected to win the conference championship, and we expected to play in a premier bowl like this.

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