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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 by former Miami coach Butch Davis.

FAU’s class was headed by receiver Willie Wright. FIU landed athlete Dorian Hall.

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