Kiffin Signs FAU Extension

Jake Elman (Palm Beach Post)  —  BOCA RATON — Six months after Lane Kiffin verbally agreed to a six-year extension to remain Florida Atlantic University’s football coach until 2027, the contract has officially been signed by the second-year coach, school president Dr. John Kelly, and athletic director Brian White.

And while the overall base figures aren’t eye-popping, it is loaded with incentives that will significantly boost Kiffin’s pay if he can repeat the success he had during his first season in Boca Raton.

The Palm Beach Post obtained a copy of the contract via a public records request.

Kiffin’s base salary at $950,000 will not change, though a retention bonus of $50,000 has been added to the contract. The new contract also provides incentives for FAU making the Conference USA title game ($20,000), losing the championship game but receiving an at-large bowl bid ($10,000), and winning the title game ($40,000).

The Owls won the Conference USA title game with a 41-17 thrashing of North Texas on December 2 at FAU Stadium. Later that month they demolished Akron 50-3 in the Boca Raton Bowl to cap an 11-3 season. FAU won nine games in the three seasons before Kiffin was hired.

In the case that FAU makes the College Football Playoff, Kiffin would earn an extra $100,000. Kiffin would be rewarded $1 million if FAU won a national championship, which is up from $700,000 in the original contract. Making the CFP semifinal game nets Kiffin $250,000 and making the title game, even if the Owls lose, is another $500,000.

Added bonuses could include:

• $50,000 for FAU ending the season ranked in the Top 25

• $100,000 for ending in the Top 10

• $1 million if FAU finishes three straight seasons as a Top 10 team.

Earning those bonuses is not as farfetched as it seemed when Kiffin took over the program. USA Today and Sports Illustrated ranked the Owls 17th and 24th, respectively, in the national polls they released last month after spring football practices ended.

Kiffin will earn an extra $10,000 if the football team finishes with an Academic Progress Rate of 940 or better and up to $250,000 if FAU finishes with a top 10 national APR for three consecutive seasons.

“I think (the talk of a new contract) shows a lot,” Kiffin told The Post on Dec. 18, a day before agreeing to the contract. “It shows where we are as a program, what the leadership of the university feels about us and the direction that we’re headed is great.”

In his first head coaching job in four years, Kiffin led the Owls to a turnaround season in 2017 for their first winning record since 2008. FAU enters the 2018 season on a ten-game winning streak and is expected by many to repeat as Conference USA champions.

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Jack B
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I think Kiffin lucked out a little by missing out on the Houston job which was landed by Major Applewhite. The expectations at Houston would have been much higher based on the momentum set by Tom Herman. Applewhite only went 7-5 last year.

So Kiffin takes a completely run down job at FAU and comes out smelling like a rose with an incredible first year against lesser competition in a recruiting hotbed. He completely played into his strengths as a recruiter, publicity grabber. I bet the Cougars wish they hadn’t passed on him for Applewhite.

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You’re 100% correct Jack. Contrast that to the poor dude who gets the almost impossible task of replacing Saban when Nick retires (I doubt he’ll coach somewhere else).

Example, when Bartow replaced John Wooden. He did well in his own regard, but was never accepted by the fans and alumni. Of course, it didn’t help with Wooden sitting behind the bench at every home game. lol

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Allen, am I missing something? You wrote:

“In the case that FAU makes the College Football Playoff, Kiffin would earn an extra $100,000. Kiffin would be rewarded $1 million if FAU won a national championship, which is up from $700,000 in the original contract. Making the CFP semifinal game nets Kiffin $250,000 and making the title game, even if the Owls lose, is another $500,000.”

Making an extra $100k for making the playofs and then making $250k for making the semifinal game, isn’t that the same thing? Did they increase the number of teams in the CFP???

I am confused.

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I can’t get Lane Kiffin out of my orbit. My daughter starts graduate school in the Fall at FAU.

Now I get to help pay for Lane Kiffin’s contract extension. Geez!

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Will it go round in circles….

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Staying 6 years. ….priceless

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How loved was Kiffen in Tennessee in 2014? He said to espn: “It’s crazy, they were literally talking, like from the bus (ride) in, a bulletproof vest,” Kiffin said. “I’m like ‘come on guys. This is football.’ They had security with me the whole time, walking on the field and stuff like that. But I was like ‘I’m not wearing a vest guys. That’s a little too over-the-top.’” I’m glad he’s looking better and better as a coach, at least to the media and AD’s. I hope he succeeds. I can see him and his Owls benefiting from the new… Read more »

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I totally agree with you Pudly. The transfer rules were tailor made for the Kiffin/FAU’s of the world. The new kid on the block that can be an opportunity for a kid that made a bad choice or a choice that didn’t work out for some reason. Those 9 Alabama signees from 2015(I think) that have transferred that Allen wrote about a few weeks ago would be perfect prospects for Kiffin among others.

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I am happy for Lane. He’s earned it IMHO. smile

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Perhaps the guy has decided to grow up and make a few personality changes. Was always a good coach, but the rest of the package wasn’t that reputable.

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To me, he is very similar to Rick Neuheisel with his constant obsession with little things. Like the footballs, the changing of jerseys. Kiffin never realized that we are USC…a traditional power. At FAU, not only can he do things like this, they probably need them done. He should be much happier there.

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Seemed like his real problems started when he lost the press and started to banish people for various reasons. They became very unforgiving towards him. Those guys on espn radio continually raked him over the coals and Scott wolf still hasn’t forgiven nor forgotten after being declared personna non grata after publishing injuries Lane wanted to be unpublished.

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Agreed, but Kiffin has always seemed a game player. Just like Nuweasel. He always had to be smarter than anyone else. That is why I think he refused to hire an OC. I said at the time that last summer that he signed his death warrant. His tombstone would read, “I thought I was smart enough to do both but I did saved some money not hiring an OC” instead of wanting “I was a great head coach”. The latter is all the fans/school wants.

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Well Steve, expensive divorces can make a person pucker up real quickly as well. cry

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Kif and Sark even did their divorces together, eh? They really are GOOD friends. wink

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I always knew Lane would be a football coach when he grew up. In the last year he grew up a little.