And it looks like everyone’s invited.
Florida Atlantic coach Lane Kiffin will host coaches from Tennessee, his former employer, as well as Michigan‘s Jim Harbaugh and others at the school’s camp for high school players next month.
Coaches from five Power 5 programs — Tennessee, Michigan, Arkansas, Illinois and Vanderbilt — will work at Florida Atlantic’s camp June 5 in Boca Raton, Florida. Harbaugh and Razorbacks coach Bret Bielema will be there with their staffs, and other head coaches like Illinois’ Lovie Smith could join…
Several other coaching staffs could join the camp, including Alabama, where Kiffin served as offensive coordinator for the past three seasons before departing before the national championship game in January. Other potential additions include LSU, Georgia, Michigan State and Iowa.
Gettin’ mighty crowded…
So, Laner, how big was Alabama’s staff when you were there?
… Kiffin was asked about some of the differences between FAU and Alabama, and Kiffin claimed that the support staff at Alabama was so large that he had trouble remembering names.
“I was there three years, and I still didn’t learn everybody’s name in that building,” Kiffin said. “There were so many people. There’s somebody for everything. [Alabama coach Nick Saban] has a very large staff of a lot of people. Obviously, he’s done that so he that he’s got all areas covered and everybody for something.”
I’m not sure if that’s more a reflection of Saban or Kiffin there.
I guess we’ll know the Process has really embedded itself in Athens when McGarity can’t remember the names of all the people he let Kirby hire.
Really, the shit Nick Saban has time for surprises me sometimes.
To paraphrase The Princess Bride, Nick, you fell victim to one of the classic blunders, the most famous of which is “never get involved in a land war in Asia,” but only slightly less well-known is this: “Never get in a pissing match with Lane Kiffin”.
The Laner discusses his decision to leave Alabama before the national title game to take the head coaching job at Florida Atlantic and notes what he observed from Smart’s departure from that program the year before.
“It was a difficult situation and timing,” Kiffin explained. “I saw it. I saw it the year before with (now Georgia head coach and former Alabama defensive coordinator) Kirby Smart taking another job. There is so much to do. You’re trying to coach. You’re trying to recruit. You’re trying to prepare as a coordinator as well. It was difficult trying to manage everything.
Did Kirby’s decision to keep one foot in both camps negatively impact his first season as Georgia’s head coach? We’ll never know, of course. But Kiffin suggests it didn’t help.
Sure, I doubt this lawsuit has any legs, but the notion that any athletic director would hire Lane Kiffin and expect a normal college football program environment as a consequence baffles me.