Lane Kiffin reminds us we don’t call him Junior for nothin’.
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And, so, friends, it’s come to this: Mitch Mustain is asked to explain Lane Kiffin.
Junior appears to be adapting quite well to life in Boca Raton.
Maybe they were discussing signing day.
Junior sounds positively fired up to be coaching at FAU.
That’s the sound of a man who’s hoping Jimmy Sexton can get him out of there sooner rather than later.
UPDATE: A little bridge burning never hurt anyone, amirite?
It’s one thing for a new coach to pull the rug out from under a kid who committed to his predecessor by saying he’s simply going in a different direction. Not that it’s good, but at least it’s relatively straightforward.
Then there’s the Lane Kiffin way.
Even amid upheaval in the FAU athletics department back in December, with football coach Charlie Partridge being fired and Kiffin being hired as the new guy in charge, Charles had done his due diligence. He had kept in touch with his recruiter, Terrance Jamison, who was retained from Partridge’s staff to help in the transition to the new coaching staff.
Jamison, however, was eventually let go as well and suddenly FAU went silent on Charles, the versatile defensive back/running back who was instrumental in getting the Panthers to this past season’s Class 8A state title game.
The silence ended last week. Charles had feared the worst when he was met with nothing but voicemails during his attempts to contact members of the coaching staff. Then he finally connected with Kiffin’s brother and new FAU defensive coordinator Chris Kiffin on Twitter last week.
“He actually had reached out to me. He followed me on Twitter, so I followed him back and then he hit me up on DM, saying, “Hey D.J., what’s up?” … and then he asked me, “Why did I decommit from FAU.”
Charles never decommitted and whether it was all a ruse to give FAU leverage to pull his scholarship, we’ll possibly never know, but that’s how it was presented to Charles.
Oh, puh-leeze. We know.
“I said, ‘I never posted anything saying I decommitted from FAU,’ and I told him, ‘I was just wondering why I hadn’t heard from anybody since the new coaching staff came in,’” Charles said. “And then he said he’d have to get with Coach Kiffin [the head coach] and have him watch my film and he’d get back to me soon. A couple days later I asked him [on Twitter] if there was any update, and he was like, ‘Let me find out today.’ So I guess he never got with Coach Kiffin and it was left at that.”
Lesson for today: Junior’s gonna Junior. Maybe you can get away with that kind of shit at USC and Alabama, but I suspect FAU is another story.
In the cold light of day, will ‘Bama fans blame the loss on Lane Kiffin?
Hell, in his mind, you know Junior’s already taking credit for it.
… that shit… er, Lane Kiffin.
Saban wouldn’t elaborate on further questioning about the situation. Kiffin said on ESPN’s “Mike and Mike” that the “press box would be ideal” when asked whether he would be on the sideline for the game against Clemson. Saban, however, dismissed that notion.
“That’s really not even possible from a legal standpoint for him to do those things,” Saban said. “So that’s not something we’re interested in pursuing.”
Shouldn’t give people ideas, Coach. What are the odds that some Alabama fanatic is out there right now scrambling to get a motion filed asking a court to issue an injunction against Junior attending the national title game?
Personally, I think the Laner would make an excellent addition to ESPN’s pre-game show.