After taking the Owls from the bottom of Conference USA to the team’s first bowl game since 2008, Florida Atlantic head coach Lane Kiffin is set to get paid. In an exclusive interview with ESPN West Palm, FAU president John Kelly said the university and Kiffin — who signed a five-year, $4.5 million contract last December — are working on a new contract. “I’ve told Lane that when I met with him, I thought we could be a top-25 program and we need a coach who can do that,” Kelly said in a TV segment that aired Saturday. “He’s on the verge of doing that. We’re obviously looking toward keeping Lane long term.” Kiffin, whose 10-3 Owls will play the 7-6 Akron Zips in Tuesday’s Boca Bowl (7 p.m., ESPN), confirmed he and Kelly are working on a “very long-term” deal both sides hope to finish in the coming days. “I think (the talk of a new contract) shows a lot,” Kiffin told The Palm Beach Post on Monday. “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.” There are no details on the contract’s specifics, though a new deal being negotiated after only one year raises the possibility of fewer incentives and opt-out clauses (had Kiffin left after this season, he’d have owed the university $2.5 million) being featured in the new contract.
Lane Kiffin, FAU working on new contract ahead of Boca Raton Bowl
Palm Beach Post | Dec 19