And there you have it.
Reports that first surfaced late last week and came to a boil Monday have been confirmed, with Florida Atlantic confirming that Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin has been named as the fifth head football coach in the program’s history. Kiffin replaces Charlie Partridge, who was fired after guiding the Owls to three consecutive nine-loss seasons.
A 10 a.m. ET press conference has been planned to officially introduce Kiffin.
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This will mark Kiffin’s fourth stint as a head coach, and his third at the collegiate level. After a tumultuous tenure as the head coach of the Oakland Raiders that began in 2007 unceremoniously ended after just four games in 2008, Kiffin took over at Tennessee in 2009 for what proved to be a one-and-done on Rocky Top.
Three-plus seasons at USC ended after the fifth game of 2013 when Kiffin was pulled off the team bus at Los Angeles International Airport and dismissed. During his time with the Trojans, Kiffin had posted a 28-15 record.
Including his time with the Vols, Kiffin has a career mark of 35-21 at the collegiate level.
Kiffin is in the midst of his third season at Alabama. It’s expected he’ll remain with the Crimson Tide through the end of their playoff run.