Florida Atlantic posted three consecutive 3-9 marks prior to Kiffin's arrival.
In an interview with ESPN West Palm (h/t Palm Beach Post), FAU president John Kelly said the school has high aspirations for the program and believes Kiffin is the flawless coach to achieve them.
Officials are expecting big traffic for Tuesday night's Boca Raton Bowl, and they're urging those not attending the game to avoid the area.
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Bowden's Zips, who lost the Mid-American Conference title game 45-28 to Toledo after winning the league's East Division, are among the team leaders in several defensive categories. His new deal will run through December 2027. Please believe that Coach Lane Kiffin, in his first season, will make note of that with the scoreboard. He also got fired from the Oakland Raiders head coaching job. For FAU, the Boca Raton Bowl gives the local fans one last chance to watch this high-powered offense play in their own stadium.
The Owls' nine-game win streak is the second longest in the country behind the 12-game streak put together by Central Florida. FAU does have 20 interceptions, a total that leads the nation.
"And we haven't done anything else differently, so it has to be Lane", Kelly said.
FAU head coach Lane Kiffin walks off the team bus before the team's November 3 game versus Marshall. We expected to win the conference championship, and we expected to play in a premier bowl like this.