Wherever Lane Kiffin goes, drama seems to follow.
Now that the former head coach-turned-Alabama offensive coordinator is back to running his own program, it is only natural to wonder if controversy will follow him.
Sports Betting Dime is putting that question up for debate. The site just set odds on whether Kiffin will be cited for a recruiting violation by March 1, 2018.
Kiffin is +150 (risk $100 to win $150) to get caught. He's -170 (risk $170 to win $100) to avoid getting cited.
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Kiffin and FAU are both seeking a resurgence, so the pairing makes sense for both sides -- on the surface.
Kiffin wanted a head-coaching job and a chance at career redemption. After six seasons as Pete Carroll's assistant at USC, he was named head coach of the Oakland Raiders at age 30, the youngest in the NFL's modern era. He went 5-15 before a public feud with owner Al Davis.
"I think he conned me like he conned all you people," Davis told the media back then.
He landed on his feet at the University of Tennessee, but after a 7-6 record and several minor NCAA violations and public spats with other SEC coaches, he took the vacant USC job.
His time there was hampered by NCAA sanctions from widespread violations made on Carroll?s watch. He was infamously canned at 3 a.m. at LAX airport following a humbling mid-season loss to Arizona State in 2013.
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He bounced back, again, this time as offensive coordinator at Alabama, leading a powerful Crimson Tide offense for three seasons and earning a national title in 2015.
But again, his exit from Alabama reportedly wasn?t entirely of his own accord.
Meanwhile, Florida Atlantic has been pining for success for nearly a decade.
The Owls last went to a bowl game in 2008 (winning the Motor City Bowl) and have won only 19 games over the last six seasons.
Kiffin already has made an impact. His first recruiting class, which hits the field this fall, features 18 three-star players, is the overall top group in Conference USA and ranks 68th nationally (just ahead of the likes of Kansas, Purdue and Cal).
The team returns considerable experience, and is on track to have a big upsurge of success in Kiffin?s first season.
At the same time, the approach that put Kiffin under the microscope is still in effect.
He hired former Baylor offensive coordinator Kendal Briles for the same position at FAU, a potential coup of a hire, but one that comes with baggage, including recruiting violations of his own.
Kiffin also has kept the door open for disgraced former Baylor head coach Art Briles to be a part of FAU?s program in some capacity. Those aren?t great first steps by a coach looking to prove he?s gone clean.
His recruiting hasn?t been limited to high school seniors, either.
PICK: Kiffin is under the microscope, and how he leads FAU on and off the field will determine his future trajectory. But sometimes, old habits die hard.
Still, I?ll give him the benefit of the doubt; he knows this is his make-or-break career stop. One slip-up, and he?ll eventually be just another retiree settling in Boca Raton.
I'll back Kiffin at -170 (risk $170 to win $100) to avoid any recruiting violations by March 1.