Make no mistake, Florida Atlantic coach Lane Kiffin still loves Twitter and its various trends. Just don’t expect him to follow college football fans in tweeting #PraisePortal anytime soon.
Kiffin called the NCAA’s transfer portal, which has quickly become a fan favorite on social media and message boards, “a sexy thing to do.”
“I can get in this portal so I can get some attention — we’re in a generation of just wanting attention no matter what — so now, I can go in this (portal), get an article written about me, and get re-recruited because I don’t like exactly how something’s going,” Kiffin said.
“Get an article written about me”? Gee, sounds like the Laner’s a little jealous over the thought that somebody other than him could be sucking oxygen out of the media’s tent.
Anyway, all that’s a lead in to a truly terrible idea of his.
“I’m not saying kids shouldn’t transfer, shouldn’t be able to transfer … but if they do, you need to have the ability to replace them,” Kiffin said.
An inability to replace those players is what has Kiffin most frustrated. NCAA rule changes prevent teams from bringing more than 25 scholarship players to campus as part of a given signing class. A combination of transfers, graduation, and players leaving early for the NFL means FAU will not hit the 85-player limit.
Johnson’s transfer and Chris Robison’s indefinite suspension means the Owls only have one active scholarship quarterback: redshirt freshman Cordel Littlejohn.
“You’re gonna see rosters around the country that are not at 85 (scholarships) and they won’t be able to get to 85. So what do you do if you have 25 seniors and 10 guys transferring?” Kiffin asked. “That’s 35 off your roster, but you’re capped at 25.
Nick Saban is either kicking himself for not thinking of that first, or else he’s already sent Junior a congratulatory text for putting that out there. Can you imagine Alabama with extra schollies to offer? Hell, he’d probably put kids in the portal even if they didn’t want to leave Tuscaloosa.