The Florida Atlantic job is open, and we can start right there: it’s a school located in Boca Raton, Fla. The opportunity to recruit almost all your roster in your home backyard and be home for a dinner overlooking the Atlantic Ocean almost unparalleled in college football. The school has won two of the last three Conference USA championships and paid Lane Kiffin $1 million a year in the process.
Point is: the search to find Kiffin’s replacement is simple arithmetic, and the Owls aren’t going to try to re-invent the wheel here.
FAU Owl Access reported the school has retained Parker Executive Search to find the next coach, and wants to have a hire in place by Friday.
In addition to Kendal Briles, whom FootballScoop reported earlier Sunday as a possibility to return to Boca, the site reported FAU president Dr. John Kelly could harvest his Clemson connections in order to pursue one of Jeff Scott or Tony Elliott. However, we’re hearing the Owls would face competition from a school in its own state.
Eddie Gran and James Coley also drew mention, as is required by law any time a job comes open in south Florida.
Owl Access also mentioned that Florida Atlantic, in addition to offensive-minded first-time head coaches, could also hire an offensive-minded former head coach. Among the names mentioned in their article, FootballScoop can report Willie Taggart was in touch with Parker on Sunday.
As always, stay tuned to The Scoop for the latest.