Will Lane Kiffin be making his way back to the SEC?
Rumors are swirling, and it appears that Kiffin and the Arkansas Razorbacks have had talks about him becoming their next head coach. According to Football Scoop, the FAU coach and Arkansas athletic director Hunter Yurachek have had “significant conversations”, and just last night it was reported that Yurachek and Arkansas support staffer Jon Fagg were in Boca Raton last night. Kiffin’s residence is there.
Arkansas fans have been tracking planes all day. After doing some digging, the search team led by Hunter Yurachek and Jon Fagg is indeed hopping around talking to candidates. They were in Boca Raton today, per two sources. More interviews scheduled.
— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) December 1, 2019
At this point, there is no confirmation that this is Kiffin’s job, or even if he’s interested. Arkansas has been on a heavy hunt for their next head coach after they fired Chad Morris last month. Arkansas wants a big name to fill the void, and are reported to be high on Iowa State’s Matt Campbell and Washington State’s Mike Leach. However, if Yurachek and Fagg were in Florida yesterday, it may seem that Kiffin is their top choice, but may have to wait a while for a formal acceptance from him. Kiffin and FAU are preparing to play in the C-USA championship game this weekend against UAB.
Kiffin has previously coached in the SEC, serving as an offensive coordinator for Alabama from 2014-2016, and as head coach of Tennessee in 2009. As head coach for the Vols, he was 7-6 overall and 4-4 in conference play. He then served as USC’s head coach from 2010-2013 and was 28-15 overall.
Over the course of three season at FAU, Kiffin is 25-13 and is currently in the middle of a 10-year contract that runs until 2027, but can be bought out.