Lane Kiffin, arguably college footballs most controversial coach, was married to his wife for 12 years before she filed for divorce. He recently said he judges other coaches’ recruiting by the hotness of their wives. Though his ex Layla is stunning, some consider the statement rather ironic.
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Divorcing after 12 years
Lane Kiffin married his ex-wife Layla back in 2004. Sometimes you’ll read 2000, though we kind of assume that’s when they first met, especially since they’ve been married for 12 years by 2016.
We know little enough about the couple’s marriage. They have three children together, two girls and a boy, and seem to have been happy most of the time. Layla was a supportive wife to Lane. She’s very beautiful and a loving mother, but beyond that, she never seemed to have a life or career of her own
It was Layla who filed for divorce in February 2016. Lane went on record saying: “After a lot of careful thought and consideration, Layla and I have mutually decided to divorce. We are fully committed to our kids’ future being our No. 1 priority. We will maintain an amicable relationship with respect for each other as we raise these three wonderful children. We will have no further comments and appreciate respect for our family’s privacy.”
The main question, of course, is why the couple decided to split up. Reasons were never given by either one of them, but one might speculate a little bit.
In 2015 some rumours made the rounds that Lane had had a fling with a high-profile woman from Alabama. The rumour went rampant on social media for a little while, but there was never any solid evidence. Things went so far that there was even concern that Lane had been fired from his job as offensive coordinator in Alabama.
But there was no truth to that whatsoever and people involved with football in Alabama, who might have known some of the details behind the scenes, preferred not to comment on those crazy rumours.
If, however, Lane did cheat on his wife, it might explain her move to divorce him. That being said, Lane doesn’t need to cheat on anyone to make life more difficult for those around him. He is considered controversial for a reason and perhaps this very thickheadedness cost him his marriage as well.
Weird Tinder rumours
A few months after the divorce was announced a woman accused Lane of some strange behaviour on dating platform Tinder. It seems almost strange that someone who is reasonably famous would want to expose himself on Tinder and meet women there. Surely, he has plenty of opportunities to meet women in real life.
But that’s apparently what happened. Lane created a profile and was matched with a woman who he began chatting to. He followed her on Twitter and asked her to follow him on snap chat. She also claims to have spoken to him on the phone, though she never actually said whether or not she was even into him.
Interestingly, the whole thing ended when she was called by a number she didn’t recognize and a woman on the other end claimed to be deleting all of Lane’s female contacts. That woman was definitely not his estranged wife.
It’s unclear whether these rumours are true, though screenshots of the exchanges do exist and some say it would have been a strange and elaborate thing to make up just out of spite or to make some money.
Staying controversial and moving on
It’s not exactly clear when the divorce was finalized, but by January 2017 Lane spoke about his ex-wives takeaways from the divorce.
After losing his job as OC for Alabama, he went on record saying that he wasn’t making any money. He said that he paid about 52% in taxes alone and that his ex-wife received 34.5% after the divorce. In the end, he only has 9% left for himself, which is not a lot at all.
We do know that Layla and the couple’s three children live in a $10,000 rental home in Manhattan Beach in California. So, she made off really well.
Not long-ago Lane said that he judges the recruitment abilities of other coaches by their wives and how attractive those are. How one thing is related to the other is somewhat mystifying. Never mind that it is also incredibly sexist. The irony is that Lane himself is currently without a wife and one wonders what that says about his recruiting abilities.
It’s not quite clear whether he is single, however. He has been linked to Florida realtor Jennifer Dardano, who is also divorced and the same age as Lane. She’s very attractive and if she and Lane are a couple at least, his statement would be a little less ironic.
Lane is known for creating drama, which apparently also extends to his personal life. He has been called a doting and committed father and seems to be quite the family man, so perhaps he’ll find himself another wife eventually.