Published On: Wed, Dec 4th, 2019

University of Arkansas Athletic Director meets with FAU head coach Lane Kiffin amid coaching vacancy

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After the Florida Atlantic University Owls football team defeated the University of Southern Mississippi on Saturday, Nov. 30, 34-17, to advance to the Conference USA Championship against the University of Alabama-Birmingham on Saturday, Dec. 7, head coach Lane Kiffin met with an unexpected visitor.

According to CBS Sports, that visitor was University of Arkansas Athletic Director Hunter Yurachek, who has been searching for the Razorbacks new football coach since firing former head coach Chad Morris on Nov. 10.

Yurachek, who has been the Razorbacks Athletic Director since December 2o17, which, coincidentally, is the last time FAU played in the C-USA Championship, visited Kiffin and Boca Raton, Fla. on Sunday, Dec. 2 to discuss filling the head coaching vacancy.  Before the visit, Yurachek posted a tweet of a GIF foreshadowing the visit, which can be seen below.

This season, Morris and the Razorbacks finished in last place of the Southeastern Conference with 2-10 overall record and an 0-8 conference record. In Morris’s less than two seasons as the head coach, he had only won four games with zero coming against SEC opponents.

While Kiffin has not accepted any other head coaching jobs yet, he has continued to receive interest from other universities, such as Florida State University, who fired their head coach, Willie Taggart, on Nov. 2.

Nonetheless, Kiffin’s focus remains on the C-USA Championship game against UAB, in hopes of capturing his second conference championship title in his three seasons at FAU. Kickoff is set for 1:30p.m. at FAU Stadium.

“It’s been a great run so far, [we’ve] won nine of our last 10,” Kiffin said, according to FAU Sports. “Things fell into place for us to not just make the game but have it at home, so we’re excited about that.”

 

 

About the Author

- Justin Baronoff is currently a junior at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL. He is pursuing a major in Multimedia Journalism, where he hopes to some day write for major news media publications, such as the New York Times, ESPN, or even Billboard Magazine. In high school, Justin wrote for his high school newspaper for three years where he was a staff reporter for the first two years before becoming the Sports Editor in his final year. At FAU during the first semester of his sophomore year, he began interning for isportsweb.com, where he wrote about and covered his favorite professional football team, the New York Jets, and his favorite professional basketball team, the New York Knicks. Then during his second semester of his sophomore year, he began writing for FAU's student newspaper, the University Press, as a contributing writer. Justin now serves a News Writer Intern for the Boca Raton Tribune.

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