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Florence Snyder: Hold the door on DSOs, Part 2; FAU says FU to ‘crown jewel’

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Countin’ down to sine die, the House and Senate education budget conferees have bumped the secretive university and state college “direct support organizations” up the chain of command for further grinding. Soon, we’ll know how serious the House is about forcing the DSOs to operate in the sunshine. DSO top brass are paid princely salaries with public funds. Yet, they operate with all the transparency of a Swiss bank. We hear about them only when they do something really stupid…

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Online poll finds majority of Floridians want ACA expansion, oppose GOP proposal

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A majority of Floridians would like to expand the Affordable Care Act, or keep the law as is. Nearly three-quarters of those surveyed in a new statewide poll released Thursday are concerned that people would lose health insurance if the law is repealed, according to the Florida Atlantic University Business and Economics Polling Initiative. FAU asked 500 Floridians over the course of four days in the past week, including Monday, when the Congressional Budget Office reported that under the proposed “American…

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Ageless Monte Kiffin to join son Lane on FAU coaching staff

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The new football program at FAU will be a family affair. Monte’s back. Monte Kiffin, the irrepressible former defensive coordinator of the Tampa Bay Bucs, is joining son Lane — the head coach — at FAU. The elder Kiffin, 77, will join the Owls in a yet-to-be specified role. Kiffin, who worked with the Jacksonville Jaguars a year ago, won’t be the defensive coordinator. Another son, Chris, will be. But Kiffin, the mad scientist of the Bucs during their best…

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FAU puts its money where its priorities are – Part 2

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Brand-in-himself (and biggest celebrity football coach in our state) Lane Kiffin has hit the headline-grabbing ground running. Just weeks on the job at Florida Atlantic University (FAU), Kiffin is providing elite sportswriters and citizen journalists with reams of revealing insights into the mind of the young genius chosen to channel FAU’s “unbridled ambition” into a winning season at the jock palace formerly known as GEO Group Stadium. The ink was barely dry on Kiffin’s $950,000 contract when he struck a blow…

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Successful football recruiting intensifies FAU, FIU rivarly

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The coaches are new. The programs are refreshed. Soon, FAU and FIU will fight it out the way they did in this year’s football recruiting. Both teams did well in the Conference USA recruiting, with FAU finishing first and FIU third in the conference competition. FAU was 70th overall in the country and FIU was 75th. It could signal a new day for both programs. FAU is now led by former Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin, and FIU is led…

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FAU puts its money where its priorities are

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In 1962, a legislative “initial operating money” appropriation plus private donations for “architect fees, salaries and other expenses” added up to $400,000 in seed corn for Florida Atlantic University. It still adds up to more money than most working folks will see in 10 years, but it’s less than half of what the school will pay its new head football coach, Lane Kiffin (rhymes with “What is FAU sniffn’?). To be fair, Kiffin is almost as “big-time” as FAU Football’s…

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State of Florida filled with quality head football coaches

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The roster of Tampa Bay college coaches grew again Monday, when ESPN reported that Florida Atlantic University had agreed on a new contract with Lane Kiffin. Kiffin, who has been the offensive coordinator at the University of Alabama, had been mentioned for several openings before agreeing to join the Owls. Kiffin might have gotten a bigger head coaching job if not for his reputation of jumping one school for another. Regardless, the roster of coaches in the state schools is…

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