Lane Kiffin, FAU finalizing 10-year deal

Taylor Byrd
December 20, 2017

He has led the team on a school record nine straight wins as an FBS program and can extend that record to 10 tonight against Akron in hopes of the teams first bowl victory since 2008.

"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.

Bowden also credits a late switch at quarterback, turning the job over to redshirt freshman Kato Nelson late in the season, for rejuvenating Akron's offense.

Lane Kiffin built a fun team this year in Boca Raton.

Tuesday was a big day for the Florida Atlantic coach.

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"I don't think it's a surprise he won it if you look at the stats and how he played", Kiffin said.

The team went from 3-9 to 10-3 and became the champions of Conference USA when they defeated North Texas in the championship game.

Akron is making its second bowl appearance in three seasons. RB Darius Singletary has rushed for 1,796 yards (fourth in the nation) and a nation's-leading 29 TDs.

Central Michigan (8-4) vs. Wyoming (7-5, Mountain West): All eyes will be on Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen, who is projected as a high 2018 National Football League draft pick but missed the last two games of the season with a shoulder injury. The result has been one of the best seasons - maybe the best season - in program history.

His statistics are pedestrian - 61-of-125 for 909 yards with eight touchdowns against two interceptions - but he also had two wins to get the Zips in the MAC title game and to bowl eligibility. CMU wrapped up the 2017 season on a five-game winning streak as QB Shane Morris (2,908 yards/26 TD) got hot.

Even with a considerable raise from his reported $1 million a year salary, Kiffin is still likely far behind Mullen's $6 million per year contract.

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