Lane Kiffin, FAU sued by former Alabama WR for reneging on job offer

Lane Kiffin, the newly announced head coach of Florida Atlantic University football, shakes hands with Spanish River football coach Bill Ceasar at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton on December 13, 2016. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)

Before Lane Kiffin roams the sidelines in his first official game as Florida Atlantic University’s head coach, it appears he and the university will need to deal with some legal issues.

According to SEC Country, former University of Alabama wide receiver Antonio “A.C.” Carter filed a fraud lawsuit on Tuesday against Kiffin, FAU and the state of Florida alleging that Kiffin misled him regarding a position on FAU’s coaching staff.

Carter claims that Kiffin used his relationship with a four-star running back recruit to entice the junior college transfer to sign with the Owls. Though the lawsuit does not name the recruit, it does mention that the recruit was from Carter’s hometown of Tallahassee, played in junior college and was once a four-star prospect who had signed a letter of intent with the University of Florida. According to SEC Country, FAU signee D’Anfernee McGriff fits the profile of the unnamed recruit.

The lawsuit alleges that shortly after the prospect accepted a scholarship at FAU, Carter was informed that he did not pass the required background check, forfeiting his candidacy for the one-year, $40,000 assistant strength and conditioning coach position that he claims he was offered.

Despite sending documentation to the university showing that the two misdemeanor charges on his record had been resolved, Carter’s inquires went unanswered. Carter claims that he even went as far as to wait outside of FAU athletic director Pat Chun’s office for several hours, only to have Chun refuse to meet with him, according to SEC Country.

Carter, who says that he was responsible for recruiting three FAU signees, claims that Kiffin assured him that the process leading to his employment at the university was “done,” leading him and his wife to quit their jobs and travel to the campus to help with recruiting, according to SEC Country.

This isn’t the first time in Kiffin’s brief tenure as FAU head coach that his coaching staff has been an issue. Kiffin’s hiring of Kendal Briles, who was mentioned in the Baylor sexual assault scandal lawsuit, his hiring of two assistant coaches from Ole Miss, which is being investigated by the NCAA, and his hiring of defensive-line coach and recruiting coordinator Eric Mathies, who was arrested for a DUI in 2014, have all sparked controversy.

Read more at SEC Country.

Lane Kiffin arrives at FAU as only D-I coach to go undefeated last season

Lane Kiffin, the newly announced head coach of Florida Atlantic University football, speaks to the press at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton on December 13, 2016. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)
Lane Kiffin, the newly announced head coach of Florida Atlantic University football, speaks to the press at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton on December 13, 2016. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)

Lane Kiffin comes to Florida Atlantic University as the only college coach in the country to, technically, go undefeated this past season.

As SB Nation points out — largely in jest — Kiffin, who was let go from his offensive coordinator position at Alabama just days before the Crimson Tide were to play in the national championship game against Clemson after it was determined that the demands of holding both that and his new head-coaching role at FAU were too difficult, is the only coach who can say he had a spotless record during the 2016 season.

The only other undefeated team in the nation entering bowl season was the Western Michigan Broncos, who retained all of their coaches before losing 24-16 to Wisconsin the Cotton Bowl.

Despite the distinction, it appears that Kiffin was rooting against it, considering his mid-game tweet in support of Alabama.

The Crimson Tide’s loss to Clemson turned the attention toward Saban and Kiffin’s “mutual agreement” to relieve Kiffin of his coordinator duties. Some have questioned the decision to allow Steve Sarkisian to take over for the national championship game, especially after Kiffin helped to lead Alabama to a perfect record up until that point.

Regardless of the ramifications in Tuscaloosa, FAU’s head man now has a new title that he can throw around in recruits’ living rooms.

Read more at SB Nation.