Lane Kiffin signs new 10-year deal with FAU

Boca Raton Bowl: Akron tries to slow down Florida Atlantic, Lane Kiffin tonight

Now, he will have the opportunity to play in the first of possibly many bowl games with FAU. FAU hired Kiffin, son of legendary defensive National Football League and college coach Monte Kiffin, after he did time as Alabama's offensive coordinator under Nick Saban.

Perhaps Kiffin's new deal with FAU shows he is ready to settle down in Boca Raton.

"I'm old enough to put in Tampa-2 and had teams that began to use the defenses that he made legendary", the younger Bowden said of the older Kiffin.

Akron (7-6) vs. Florida Atlantic (10-3, Conference USA): FAU is led by coach Lane Kiffin, recognized as one of the top offensive coaches in the country. The Owls were a ideal 8-0 in Conference USA play and trounced North Texas 41-17 in the conference title game on December 2.

Akron is making its second bowl appearances the last three years but only the third in program history. Akron needs a huge game from redshirt freshman QB Kato Nelson, who went to high school about 35 miles south of FAU Stadium, in the Fort Lauderdale suburbs. Central (7 p.m. Eastern). Allen (1,658 yards, 13 TD) has practiced for the bowl game and says he wants to play, but also says he still has shoulder pain.

BUZZ: FAU is riding a nine-game winning streak, and the Owls have averaged 45.4 points and 532.2 yards in those nine games.

After skipping out on Tennessee after one season in Knoxville, Kiffin was sacked from his dream job, Southern California. Given his job back when Kiffin decided to make a switch after a 1-2 start, Driskel has completed 65.6 percent of his passes for 1,977 yards and 13 touchdowns against only 4 interceptions. FAU fans would be better off reading the fine print on the contract, which likely includes some form of an option, a path to freedom for a big-minded coach committed to a small-time program.

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