Dan Wolken of USA Today tweeted this morning that Houston has decided on Lane Kiffin as their new head coach. Lance Zierlein reported earlier this morning that an announcement on Kiffin's hire could come as early as today.
Wolken adds in his piece that the final decision is pending a meeting later today where president Renu Khator will give the final "OK" on the hire.
Meanwhile, local beat writer Joseph Duarter, as well as Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports report that no decision has been made and no offer has been extended to any candidate.
Yesterday, word broke that Oklahoma offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley was no longer under consideration for the job.
Kiffin previously led the USC program for just over three seasons, and also served as the head coach at Tennessee for a season, and in the NFL with the Oakland Raiders for a little over a season. His career record as a head coach at the college level is 35-21, and he went 5-15 overall with the Raiders in the 2007 and four games into the 2008 season.
His best season came at USC in 2011, when the Trojans went 10-2, and finished first in the Pac-12 South but could not play in the conference title game, or a bowl game due to NCAA sanctions. In 2013, he was famously let go on the LAX tarmac in the early morning hours after a loss to Arizona State, and a 3-2 start to the season.
At Houston, Kiffin will inherit one of the top non Power-five programs in the country, loaded with talent and experience, after Tom Herman left for the head coaching job at Texas.
Stay tuned to The Scoop for the latest, including how long Kiffin will plan to stay on board with Alabama during their quest for a national title.