BOCA RATON — Didn’t take long for Florida Atlantic University head football coach Lane Kiffin, whose rumored appreciation for co-eds possibly cost him jobs, to start sampling Boca Raton‘s steady stream of hotties.
The freshly-divorced Kiffin, 41, has been busy trying to bring the Owls into the land of football credibility with spring practices and scrimmages.
But off the field, he’s been wasting so time getting the lay of the land.
A source says Kiffin has been spotted several times with realtor Jennifer Dardano, a hot brunette who just got divorced from high-profile plastic surgeon Anthony Dardano.
“Coach came in Monday night to watch the college basketball finals,” said a staffer at Wishing Well Irish Pub in Mizner Park who asked not to be identified. “He arrived with Jennifer, who also comes here often, and they obviously had a connection. They’re definitely into one another.”
Earlier this week, a member of the Boca Raton Beach Club told us Dardano and Kiffin have become fixtures on the club’s exclusive beach. Kiffin, btw, has been put up by the school at the nearby Boca Raton Resort & Club.
When reached at her office, Dardano played coy, after admitting she and the coach were introduced by mutual friends.
“Lane’s a great guy,” Dardano said. “But we’re just friends.”
They do, meanwhile, have plenty in common.
Both are just divorced.
Both are 41.
Dardano went to University of Southern California, where Kiffin coached until he was fired in an airport in the middle of the night in 2013.
And they both need what the other provides: a higher business profile for Dardano, who sells multi-million-dollar houses; and for Kiffin, a semblance of stability after a career marred by rumors of womanizing and his inability to keep a good job.
We emailed Kiffin a request for comment but haven’t heard back.