Paul Finebaum has never been short on controversial opinions. And this one may ruffle some feathers, but there’s likely a lot of truth to it.
On Wednesday, just one day after the Alabama offensive coordinator was introduced as the new head coach at FAU, Kiffin signed a former Florida State quarterback to presumably be the first building block of his new program.
While many would see that as a step in the right direction as the East Mississippi Community College product will be available to play next season for the Owls, Kiffin drew criticism from others for taking in the quarterback who was kicked off the Florida State team in July after video surfaced of him allegedly striking a female in a bar.
ESPN’s Paul Finebaum was asked on College Football Live if he was OK with Kiffin beginning his tenure at FAU that way. And while Finebaum admitted that deep down he was not OK with it, he also revealed that he expects an effective strategy for Kiffin would be to continue to pursue players with questionable pasts.
“Lane Kiffin might as well just put a sign outside saying ‘Halfway house for troubled athletes’ because that’s his best shot,” Finebaum said on Wednesday. “You’re not going to be able to get 5-star athletes down at FAU, so he’s going to attract people that get kicked out of school or that get run off (from another program) because of whatever reason.
“He’s not the first person to do that. Many others have.”
While what Finebaum says may be true, it may not be popular among college football fans who look down upon pursuing athletes with questionable pasts. Especially if the alleged offense involves violence against women.
FOX Sports’ Bruce Feldman confirmed that FAU officials appear to be on board with Jackson joining the football program, and may have approved the decision to sign him before Kiffin was even hired.
Am told De'Andre Johnson had met with both the FAU president & AD on his official last weekend who signed off on him becoming an Owl.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) December 14, 2016