The reunion of Ed Orgeron and Lane Kiffin was going to happen, and then FAU came calling with an offer to make Kiffin the next head coach of the Owls.

Kiffin and Orgeron were assistants together on Pete Carroll's USC staff, then reunited at Tennessee when Kiffin was named the Vols' head coach. The two moved together from Tennessee to USC when Kiffin switched jobs, and Orgeron was later named the interim coach for the Trojans in 2013 following Kiffin's early season dismissal.

When Orgeron was named LSU's permanent head coach, it was widely reported that Kiffin was the top target as the team's next offensive coordinator. Kiffin's time with Nick Saban at Alabama had reached a conclusion, and Orgeron said early signs had pointed to Kiffin making the jump from one SEC West rival to another until FAU offered him a job as a head coach.