Florida Atlantic posted three consecutive 3-9 marks prior to Kiffin's arrival.
FAU president Dr. John Kelly told ESPN applications for fall 2018 increased 35 percent over 2017. The team accepted a bid to the Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl where they will take on the Akron Zips Tuesday at 7 p.m. It's FAU's first bowl appearance since 2008 and the third in school history.
OddsShark notes the Owls are massive 22.5-point favorites in Tuesday's clash with the Zips. Gilbert is a first-team all-Mid-American Conference selection who has recorded more than 120 tackles each of the last two seasons. They defeated North Texas earlier this month in the Conference USA title game.
That opportunity may still be in the future, but an updated contract likely means a larger buyout, which would keep Kiffin in South Florida for several years.
The Owls' nine-game win streak is the second longest in the country behind the 12-game streak put together by Central Florida. The Huskies have one of the top MAC defenses, including sophomore defensive end Sutton Smith, a consensus All-America who led the nation in sacks with 14.
However, the Owls might have to depend on another coach to get there, because Kiffin isn't signing away a decade of his coaching life to stay at FAU. There are now no details on the contract, but you can rest assured that the former NFL, Tennessee and USC head coach is going to make a little more money. They're hungry, and every time we win, it's like they've just won the Super Bowl.