Lane Kiffin is moving to Palm Beach County. And while he may decide on residing in Boca Raton, making good with the people of Pahokee is likely on his to-do list.
Back in 2009, when the new FAU head coach was the head coach at Tennessee, he said some things that made the people of the Palm Beach County town quite upset.
According to AL.com’s Joseph Goodman, the bad blood stems from the time that he was banned from Pahokee High School for some of the things he said about the town after landing a coveted recruit there:
Back in 2009, Kiffin was going head-to-head with then-Florida coach Urban Meyer for recruits in Palm Beach County. After successfully flipping the commitment of receiver Nu’Keese Richardson from Florida to Tennessee, Kiffin described the town of Pahokee and Pahokee High School in derogatory terms to a group of Tennessee fans and boosters.
At a celebratory breakfast, Kiffin said, “For those of you who haven’t been to Pahokee, there ain’t much going on. You take that hour drive up from South Florida, there ain’t a gas station that works. Nobody’s got enough money to even have shoes or a shirt on.”
Those comments landed Kiffin and his Vols coaching staff on the “banned list” from recruiting at that high school until the Tennessee coach issued an apology months later.
Goodman reports that this may be water under the bridge at this point, per the school’s football coach at that time:
“We’re not holding any grudges,” said Blaze Thompson. “We’re not going to do that, or bring that up when he comes to town. We want him to come to town, we want him to recruit, but it’s funny, though. We were really upset.”
It’s a funny coincidence, and a good reminder that burned bridges can potentially come back to bite a person later in life.
Kiffin will continue his role as the Alabama offensive coordinator through the College Football Playoff before dedicating all of his resources to the FAU job.