Skip to main content

Lane Kiffin Hires 24-Year-Old As FAU's Offensive Coordinator

Head coach Lane Kiffin of the Florida Atlantic Owls throws the ball prior to the game against the Navy Midshipmen.

BOCA RATON, FL - SEPTEMBER 1: Head coach Lane Kiffin of the Florida Atlantic Owls throws the ball prior to the game against the Navy Midshipmen on September 1, 2017 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

Lane Kiffin made an interesting hire.

FAU head coach Lane Kiffin is no stranger to making headlines. During the 2017 offseason, Kiffin was roasted for hiring Art Briles' son, Kendal.

Kendal was a part of the Baylor program that was rocked by a sexual assault scandal. Despite his alleged involvement in the ongoing incident, Briles landed a job as FAU's offensive coordinator.

With Briles headed to Houston, Kiffin had a coaching vacancy. On Wednesday morning multiple reports surfaced saying Kiffin has addressed his need for a new offensive coordinator.

Once again, Kiffin found himself in the spotlight. According to Bruce Feldman, Charlie Weis Jr. will be the Owls' new offensive coordinator.

Now, hiring the son of a former head coach might not sound interesting or controversial. It's not until you learn how old Weis Jr. is, that the hire becomes news.

At just 24 years of age, Weis Jr. is now the youngest offensive coordinator in the FBS. He'll reportedly take over his duties on Monday.

Kiffin reportedly made the hire after the Atlanta Falcons playoff loss to Philadelphia. "He's way ahead of his time in how he sees the game, his football IQ and just his overall intelligence," Kiffin told ESPN. "He's been around the game with his dad being a coach, a lot like I was when I was growing up, and has a bright future."

Most recently, Weis Jr. was an offensive assistant for the Falcons. He previously worked with Kiffin as an offensive analyst at Alabama and then briefly as FAU tight ends coach.

Age is just a number for Kiffin. He landed the Oakland Raiders head coaching job at the age of 31, becoming the youngest head coach in the NFL's "modern era" at the time.