Lane Kiffin comes to Florida Atlantic University as the only college coach in the country to, technically, go undefeated this past season.
As SB Nation points out — largely in jest — Kiffin, who was let go from his offensive coordinator position at Alabama just days before the Crimson Tide were to play in the national championship game against Clemson after it was determined that the demands of holding both that and his new head-coaching role at FAU were too difficult, is the only coach who can say he had a spotless record during the 2016 season.
The only other undefeated team in the nation entering bowl season was the Western Michigan Broncos, who retained all of their coaches before losing 24-16 to Wisconsin the Cotton Bowl.
Despite the distinction, it appears that Kiffin was rooting against it, considering his mid-game tweet in support of Alabama.
The Crimson Tide’s loss to Clemson turned the attention toward Saban and Kiffin’s “mutual agreement” to relieve Kiffin of his coordinator duties. Some have questioned the decision to allow Steve Sarkisian to take over for the national championship game, especially after Kiffin helped to lead Alabama to a perfect record up until that point.
Regardless of the ramifications in Tuscaloosa, FAU’s head man now has a new title that he can throw around in recruits’ living rooms.
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