ATHENS — Controversial college football coach Lane Kiffin is coming to Georgia as a guest speaker for Kirby Smart’s coaching camp next week.
The camp figures to have it all with Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson and New York Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams on hand to talk football along with the entertaining Kiffin.
Kiffin, as usual, is in the national headlines this offseason, commenting on the NCAA transfer portal and some of its unintended consequences.
According to the Palm Beach Post, Kiffin says players entering the portal is “a sexy thing to do,” and he suggests it will have an adverse affect on college football.
“You’re gonna see rosters around the country that are not at 85 (scholarships) and they won’t be able to get to 85. So what do you do if you have 25 seniors and 10 guys transferring?” Kiffin said in the Palm Beach Post article. “That’s 35 off your roster, but you’re capped at 25.
“I think you have an issue and that’s really opposite of what has been the new thing to do, which is player safety and getting more players on the field so players don’t play as many snaps. And now, this portal is making that go backwards.”
Georgia lost two valuable freshmen in the NCAA portal, freshman quarterback Justin Fields and tight end Luke Ford.
Kiffin, who lost a quarterback to transfer after his Florida Atlantic team went 5-7 last season, said some players get in the transfer portal to get attention.
“I can get in this portal so I can get some attention — we’re in a generation of just wanting attention no matter what — so now, I can go in this (portal), get an article written about me, and get re-recruited because I don’t like exactly how something’s going,” Kiffin said.
The irony, of course, is that Kiffin knows how to get attention better than perhaps any coach in the country.
Kiffin’s one-year tenure as a head coach in the SEC was filled with headlines, from his controversial departure from Tennessee after just one season, to the NCAA investigation he triggered that put a cloud over his successor, Derek Dooley.
Smart coached on the same Alabama staff with Kiffin in 2014-15, serving as the defensive coordinator while Kiffin was the offensive coordinator.