When college football coaching staffs turn family reunions


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BOCA RATON, Fla. – Lane Kiffin can exit his bureau during Florida Atlantic University and take a second doorway on a left to see his brother, Chris, a Owls’ defensive coordinator, or continue to a finish of a corridor to see his father, Monte, a defensive researcher and attribute within a school’s football program. Or, when sitting during his desk, he can spin his conduct to a right.

Two photos are sparse among a awards and knickknacks collected during his coaching career. The initial shows Lane on Monte’s shoulders during a latter’s army as a conduct manager during North Carolina State in a early 1980s. The other is of both Lane and Chris poolside in Hawaii for a 1988 Pro Bowl, where their father served as an partner coach, station and smiling beside dual seated NFL stars: Chris Doleman and Herschel Walker.

“You don’t go to college to sight to be a coach,” Lane said. “Your degrees are who we work for, who you’re around. So we feel like I’m Ivy League-educated, like a doctor, for football. Because of who we got to learn from.”

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Football and family have intersected during FAU, where dual generations of a Kiffin house have total to lead a Owls by a many successful deteriorate in a program’s immature history. A identical theatre is holding place during some-more than 20 programs on college football’s tip level, nonetheless some arrangements have been underneath inspection as open universities and states find to make nepotism laws and safeguard satisfactory employing practices. 

“Not many coaches get a probability to do this,” certified Monte.

But it’s opposite during FAU. Here, during a module still celebrating a second Conference USA championship, a staff includes not usually dual brothers though a father. And that’s not all. For a third time in his renowned career, Monte works underneath his son, creation a arrangement of coaches during FAU singular opposite a Football Bowl Subdivision.

“Monte and Chris have an romantic and invested seductiveness in Lane’s success,” said FAU entertainment executive Pat Chun. “To a benefit, it’s worked out intensely well.”

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