SEC Championship Football

Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin, right, talks with quarterback Jalen Hurts (2) during practice for the Southeastern Conference Championship NCAA college football game where they will play Florida, Friday, Dec. 2, 2016, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

Butch Dill

All signs now point to Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin, one of LSU's main targets for the same position next season, becoming the next head coach at Houston.

USA Today reported early Thursday that the University of Houston is closing in on a decision to hire Kiffin as its next coach, pending a meeting Thursday with the school’s president, Renu Khator, who will need to give final approval. The report cited two sources with knowledge of the situation, who spoke anonymously ahead of the official announcement.

ESPN reported the Thursday evening meeting will focus on finalists Kiffin, Houston offensive coordinator Major Applewhite and Houston defensive coordinator Todd Orlando. Former LSU coach Les Miles also reportedly interviewed for the job.


Houston is trying to structure a contract with a large buyout to discourage the next coach from leaving after a couple of seasons, a source told ESPN.

Kiffin reportedly has not been offered the job at Houston, and no decision has been made yet, the Houston Chronicle reported. Houston cannot officially offer the job until Khator approves the move, USA Today reported.

Houston was sent on its coaching search after Tom Herman, also a serious candidate for LSU, accepted the same position with the University of Texas.