Thursday, April 26, 2018
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Lane Kiffin has deal to become FAU coach

Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin agreed in principle to become coach at Florida Atlantic on Monday, bringing star power and baggage to Boca Raton.

Kiffin, who has spent the past three seasons at Alabama, succeeds Charlie Partridge, who was fired after three consecutive 3-9 seasons. The deal is reportedly for five years.

Kiffin, 41, will remain with Alabama through its playoff run.

"We think this is a wonderful opportunity for him to be a head coach again," Tide coach Nick Saban said. "He's done a great job here molding our offensive players to what they could do to have the best chance to be successful."

FAU and Kiffin remained mostly silent Monday; a news conference is scheduled today.

"I'm ready to start next season already," FAU offensive lineman Matt Murphy tweeted.

Kiffin, whose father, Monte Kiffin, was a longtime Bucs defensive coordinator, has been a head coach for the NFL's Raiders and in college at Tennessee and USC, finding controversy at each job.

Kiffin went 5-15 with the Raiders and 7-6 in one season at Tennessee, angering Vols fans by departing for USC, where he was fired five games into his fourth season. Raiders owner Al Davis called Kiffin "a flat-out liar." At Tennessee, Kiffin wrongly accused then-Florida coach Urban Meyer of recruiting violations, and Kiffin committed secondary NCAA violations by referring to recruits by name publicly before they signed. In 2009 he signed Pahokee star Nu'Keesee Richardson, then said of the city: "For those of you who haven't been to Pahokee, there ain't much going on. Nobody's got enough money to even have shoes or a shirt on." He was then banned from the Pahokee campus and later apologized.

COOK HONORED: Florida State running back Dalvin Cook was the state's only representative on the AP's All-America team. FSU defensive end DeMarcus Walker was a second-team choice, and Florida cornerback Jalen Tabor made the third team.

NOTRE DAME: Quarterback DeShone Kizer declared for the NFL draft, giving up his senior season and opening up the starting job for Brandon Wimbush.

Men's basketball: USF rallies past B-CU

TAMPA — Fresh off a nine-day break, USF looked like it would have rather been anywhere other than the Sun Dome for most of Monday night's meeting with Bethune-Cookman.

The Bulls trailed by 13 at halftime and by 19 in the second half, looking at one of the most deflating defeats in the program's 46-year history against the Wildcats (3-8), who entered 334th of 351 teams in RPI.

But the Bulls (5-3) chipped away behind Bo Zeigler's 20 points off the bench. With six seconds remaining, two free throws by Geno Thorpe forced overtime, and the Bulls won 79-73 before a generously announced 2,207.

It was USF's largest come-from-behind victory under Orlando Antigua, besting a 15-point rally against Hofstra in 2014.

"You can't take anything for granted," the third-year coach said. "You've got to come out from the beginning and you've got to play with that kind of fight and that kind of energy."

POLL: No. 23 Florida State entered the Associated Press Top 25, and Florida dropped out from 21st. It is the Seminoles' first ranking since the preseason poll of 2012-13.

Women's basketball

NO. 4 MARYLAND 79, LOYOLA (MD.) 60: Brionna Jones had 25 points and 14 rebounds for the host Terrapins (11-0).

POLL: FSU is No. 7 and UF dropped out from 23rd.

Times correspondent Jeff Odom contributed to this report.

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