Lane Kiffin reaches out to FAU fans, urges ticket sales

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) Lane Kiffin is already busy trying to sell some Florida Atlantic tickets.

FAU's new football coach released an open letter to the Florida Atlantic community Friday night, announcing that he will personally make a donation to a university scholarship fund for every season ticket sold.

Anyone who buys one will also get an autographed photo, Kiffin wrote.

''I am honored to be here as your head coach,'' Kiffin wrote. ''As soon as news of our partnership broke, people asked me why I would go to FAU.''

Kiffin then offered his answer, saying he wants ''to do it better than it's ever been done before.''

''The potential of this program and the excellence of this university and community is what will make it possible,'' Kiffin wrote. ''A gentleman familiar to us all, Howard Schnellenberger, phrased it best when he coined it `Football in Paradise.'''

FAU has struggled with attendance in recent years. Its last home game this season had an announced attendance of just under 6,000.

Kiffin was introduced Tuesday as FAU's coach. He will remain the offensive coordinator at Alabama through the College Football Playoff.

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