The two sides had been going back and forth since last Friday, according to sources. The 41-year-old Kiffin has been the OC with the Crimson Tide for the past three seasons, winning three straight SEC titles, and looking for a second national championship. Kiffin has run the offense with a different quarterback under center every season.
His contract was set to expire with Alabama at season's end and was not expected to return. Instead, he'll be back as the head man, earning a salary of $1 million annually at FAU. He was making $1.4 million with Bama.
Kiffin was a finalist for the Houston head coaching job, which went to their assistant, Major Applewhite. He takes over a team that went 3-9 last season, replacing Charlie Partridge, who went 9-27 in three seasons there.
The veteran college coach does have experience as a head coach, most notably with USC, going 28-15 in three seasons there. He also had stints at Tennessee, going 7-6 in one season, and also spent two seasons in the NFL with the Oakland Raiders and struggled, going 5-15. He was drawing interest from LSU as a coordinator, but decided to go with his fourth head coaching opportunity.