Lane Kiffin Biography, Age, Past Teams coached, Wife and Salary

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Lane Kiffin Biography

Lane Kiffin is an American football coach who is currently the head football coach at Florida Atlantic University. Formerly he served as the offensive coordinator for the USC Trojans football team from 2005 to 2006, head coach of the National Football League’s Oakland Raiders from 2007 to 2008, head coach of the University of Tennessee Volunteers college football team in 2009, and head coach of the Trojans from 2010 to 2013.

Kiffin was the youngest head coach in modern NFL history at the time when he joined the Raiders until in 2017 when Sean McVay joined the Rams, and, for a time, was the youngest head coach of a BCS Conference team in college football. He was the offensive coordinator at the University of Alabama from 2014 until 2016, when he was hired at Florida Atlantic.  Kiffin is the son of longtime NFL defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin.

Lane Kiffin Age

Kiffin was born on May 9, 1975 in Lincoln, Nebraska. He is 43 years old as of 2019.

Lane Kiffin Family

Lane grew up in a footballing family. He is a son to Monte Kiffin who is renowned for his skills as a defensive coordinator for NFL teams. His most notable years was the 1990s when he was the DC for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He has also worked with the Dallas Cowboys.

Lane’s  brother Chris is also passionate about football. He played football during his days at Colorado State University as a defensive linebacker. Following in the footsteps of his brother, Kiffin started coaching. He worked as the defensive line coach for Ole Miss and as the defensive coordinator for FAU.

Lane has a sister named Heidi. The siblings have a ritual of retreating together every 4th of July.

Lane Kiffin Fresno State |Lane Kiffin Education

In 1994 Lane graduated from Bloomington Jefferson High School in Minnesota, and committed to Fresno State University to play college football. Lane played backup quarterback for the Bulldogs, giving up his senior season to become a Student Assistant Coach for position coach Jeff Tedford, who would later become the head coach at Cal in 2002. Lane graduated from Fresno State in 1998.

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Lane Kiffin Wife | Lane Kiffin Divorce | Lane Kiffin Ex Wife

Kiffin and his ex-wife Layla, who is a University of Florida alumna, have three children, daughters Landry and Pressley and son, Monte Knox Kiffin.

The two announced on February 28, 2016, that they were separating and had mutually decided to divorce.

Lane Kiffin Nick Saban

According to Chris Korman Lane  is the best college coach on Twitter, and it’s not particularly close.

Nick Saban is the best college football coach at coaching football, but also at coyly pretending that his methods aren’t his methods.

Lane Kiffin Past Teams Coached

  • Tennessee Volunteers football 2008–2009
  • Oakland Raiders – 2007–2008
  • USC Trojans football – 2005–2006
  • Fresno State Bulldogs football – 1997–1998

Lane Kiffin Contract

Kiffin signed the paperwork that will keep him under contract until 2027, an FAU spokesperson confirmed. An oral agreement was originally reported in December 2017.

Kiffin has repeatedly said he is content in Boca Raton and plans on remaining here a while. He recently reaffirmed that in an interview with

“I’m not driven by money anymore,” Kiffin said in May. “I’m not driven by ego, of the attention being a head coach at one of those places. I’m very happy here on all fronts. The only drive is when you do see Kirby [Smart], you see Coach [Nick] Saban walk out on that field before the game, the national championship, holding that trophy. It’s the drive of, OK, I get to play against the best, let’s see if I can beat the best. It’s different. That would not be what I would have answered even five years ago. Because your ego — once you get rid of that, you have different motivations.”

Kiffin will continue to earn his annual salary of $950,000. The original contract was attached to a $2.5 million buyout clause after the first year and decreased by $500,000 after each season he remains with the program.

In his first season, Kiffin led the Owls to an 11-3 record and a victory against Akron in the Boca Raton Bowl. It is just the second 10-win in school history. The Owls went 3-9 the three previous seasons.

FAU opens the season Sept. 1 at Oklahoma.

Lane Kiffin Salary | Lane Kiffin Net Worth

He signed a 10-year contract extension with a base salary of $950,000 in January 2017. Many people were shocked as to why Lane took the job as it required him to take a pay cut. Lane, in July 2017 paid $2.1 million for a 6,190-square-feet house in Boca Raton.

Lane has an estimated net worth of $6 million.

Lane Kiffin Affair | Lane Kiffin Nick Saban Daughter

There was a story that claimed that Kiffin slept with an Alabama booster and with Saban’s daughter.  This story gained steam when popular sports personalities like Fox Sports’ Colin Cowherd and Clay Travis tweeted about the ongoing rumors. However, as WIAT 42’s Jim Dunaway noted, there were no clarity at all to suggest these rumors were true.

Lane Kiffin Florida Atlantic | Lane Kiffin Coach | Where Is Lane Kiffin Coaching

Lane accepted the head coaching position at Florida Atlantic University on December 12, 2016.  After a 1-3 start, the FAU Owl reeled off ten straight wins, culminating in the Conference USA football championship against University of North Texas, 41-17, on their home field.

On December 19, 2017 FAU was slated to play the University of Akron in the Boca Raton Bowl. Before the game against Akron it was announced on ESPN on December 19, 2017 that Lane and FAU had agreed to a new deal that would keep him on for the next ten years through the 2027 season. The President of FAU John Kelly,was quoted in the article as saying, “This is further proof of FAU’s unbridled ambition . . . I thought we could be a Top-25 program and we need a coach who can do that, he’s on the verge of doing that. We’re obviously looking toward keeping Lane long term.”

During  his first year with FAU, Lane led the Owls to an 11-3 season after a 50-3 victory over Akron in the Boca Raton Bowl on December 19, 2017. This was the first season over .500 for the FAU Owls since 2008, and the first time they have achieved over ten wins while competing at the Division 1 Football level. The 2017 FAU Football Season is only the 4th time in school history they had a winning record in Division 1 Football.

Lane Kiffin Usc

Lane returned to USC on January 12, 2010, to become the Trojans’ head coach. This was after Pete Carroll’s departure from USC to become the head coach of the Seattle Seahawks.

There was a prolonged four-year investigation in June 2010, into whether former USC running back Reggie Bush. His family had accepted financial benefits and housing from two sports agents in San Diego.  When he was a student athlete at USC, the NCAA imposed sanctions against the Trojan football program for a “lack of institutional control,” including a two-year postseason ban, the loss of 30 scholarships over three years, and the vacation of all wins in which Bush participated as an “ineligible” player, including the 2005 Orange Bowl, in which the Trojans won the BCS National Championship.

The seriousness of these sanctions has been criticized by some NCAA football writers, including ESPN’s Ted Miller, who wrote, “It’s become an accepted fact among informed college football observers that the NCAA sanctions against USC were a travesty of justice, and the NCAA’s refusal to revisit that travesty are a massive act of cowardice on the part of the organization.”

Lane’s tenure at USC was widely considered a disappointment. Questionable coaching calls and the restrictions of sanctions contributed to a sense of missed opportunity for Kiffin and the Trojans.

Lane Kiffin Alabama

Lane in December 2013 he spent eight days in Tuscaloosa , Alabama reviewing the Alabama Crimson Tide football team’s offense. On January 9, 2014, after Michigan hired Alabama offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier, Lane interviewed for the vacant coordinator job. Lane was offered the job as offensive coordinator at Alabama and accepted on January 10.

Lane in 2014, was a finalist for the Broyles Award, given annually to the nation’s top college football assistant coach. Lane was relieved of his duties as Offensive Coordinator on January 2, 2017. Lane was replaced by another former USC head coach and his successor at that job, Steve Sarkisian, for the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship 35–31 loss against Clemson and for the upcoming season.

Lane Kiffin Tennessee | Lane Kiffin Coaching Career

Multiple media outlets reported on November 28, 2008 that Lane would be the next head football coach for the University of Tennessee Volunteers in 2009, replacing head coach Phillip Fulmer, who retired.  Formally, Tennessee introduced Lane as the school’s 21st head football coach on December 1, 2008 in a 2:00 p.m. news conference.

When he was 33 years old, Lane was hired by Tennessee and became the youngest active head coach in Division I FBS, surpassing Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald.

During a Tennessee booster breakfast at the Knoxville Convention Center on February 5, 2009, Lane accused Urban Meyer, then head coach of the Florida Gators and currently head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes, of violating NCAA recruiting rules.

“I’m going to turn Florida in right here in front of you,” Kiffin told the crowd. “As Nu’Keese (Richardson) was here on campus, his phone keeps ringing. And so one of our coaches is sitting in the meeting with him and says, ‘Who is that?’ And he looks at the phone and says, ‘Urban Meyer.’ Just so you know, you can’t call a recruit on another campus. But I love the fact that Urban had to cheat and still didn’t get him.”

Lane’s departure for USC in 2010 after just one season as head coach of the Volunteers upset some students and fans of the University of Tennessee. When Tennessee athletic director Mike Hamilton was asked for an assessment of Kiffin’s tenure coaching the Volunteers, he responded with just one word: “Brief.” Hundreds of students rioted on campus at the news of Kiffin’s departure. Knoxville police and fire department were brought in after students blocked the exit from the Neyland Thompson Sports Center and started several small fires.

Lane Kiffin Memes

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Lane Kiffin Raiders

Al Davis Raiders’ owner hired the Lane who was at that time 31 years old on January 23, 2007, making him the youngest head coach in Oakland Raiders history, and the youngest head coach in the NFL’s “modern era” (since 1946).  He signed Lane to a two-year contract worth about $4 million with a team option for 2009. John Madden Pro Football Hall of Fame Coach  was 32 when he was elevated to the head post by Davis in 1969.

Lane became the youngest head coach in modern NFL history; he also surpassed the New York Jets’ Eric Mangini and the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Mike Tomlin as the youngest head coach since the AFL–NFL merger in 1970.

NBC Sports reported n September 15, 2008 that Davis was unhappy with Kiffin, and intended to fire him as soon as the following Monday or Tuesday.  Davis fired Lane on September 30, 2008, over the telephone. At the televised news conference announcing the firing, Davis called Lane “a flat-out liar” and said he was guilty of “bringing disgrace to the organization”. The Raiders said the move was made for cause, meaning they would terminate his contract immediately without paying the $2.6 million that was left on it for 2008

Lane Kiffin Coaching Record


Team Year Regular season Postseason
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
OAK 2007 4 12 0 .250 4th in AFC West
OAK 2008 1 3 0 .250
Total 5 15 0 .250







Tennessee Volunteers (Southeastern Conference) (2009)
2009 Tennessee 7–6 4–4 T–2nd (Eastern)
Tennessee: 7–6 4–4
USC Trojans (Pac-10/Pac-12 Conference) (2010–2013)
2010 USC 8–5 5–4 T–3rd
2011 USC 10–2 7–2 1st (South) ‡
2012 USC 7–6 5–4 T–2nd (South)
2013 USC 3–2* 0–2 (South)
USC: 28–15 17–12

Florida Atlantic (Conference USA) (2017–present)

2017 Florida Atlantic 11–3 8–0 1st (East)
2018 Florida Atlantic 5–7 3–5 5th (East)
Florida Atlantic: 16–10 11–5
Total: 51–31

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