Kiffin replaces Doug Nussmeier, who left Nick Saban’s staff for Michigan.
Kiffin, 38, was 28-15 in three-plus seasons with Southern Cal. He was fired five games into last season. He also was head coach at Tennessee and for the Oakland Raiders.
CLEMSON: Record-setting receiver Sammy Watkins knew before the season began it would likely be his last with the Tigers.
He stopped back on campus for this weekend’s football banquet before heading off to train in Tampa, Fla., for his expected invite to the NFL combine.
Watkins said Friday he talked with his coaches before the year started about returning to his freshman numbers that put him on the AP All-America team. Watkins did even better with 101 catches for 1,464 yards this season, both Clemson single-season records.
“I think that’s how I approached the season and that’s how the coaches approached me this year,” Watkins said. “They were going to get the best out of me and they were going to get the ball to me all year and I’ve got to be a complete player.”
PENN STATE: The search for a new coach might be over.
University officials are summoning reporters who cover the team to Beaver Stadium for what it calls a “major announcement” this afternoon.
Vanderbilt coach James Franklin is the likely choice.
FLORIDA STATE: President Obama called coach Jimbo Fisher on Friday to congratulate him on the Seminoles’ national title.
Obama told Fisher he’s looking forward to welcoming the team to the White House to celebrate the title.