Florida Atlantic head coach Lane Kiffin and the university as well as the state of Florida are being sued by former Alabama WR Antonio “AC” Carter for fraud. Carter filed the suit in Shelby County, Alabama where he currently lives.
In the lawsuit Carter is charging that Kiffin deliberately misled him regarding a promised job on the FAU staff in order to benefit from his family’s relationship with a prospect. After believing he was hired and after the prospect did indeed sign with the Owls, Carter was told by officials at FAU that he failed a back ground check and therefore wasn’t going to be hired. According to the lawsuit the reason was that “two prior minor misdemeanor criminal charges” showed up.
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Carter claims in the lawsuit that he sent documentation showing the resolution of the charges, one of which the prosecutor refused to pursue more than seven years ago, but FAU didn’t respond and numerous other inquiries went unanswered. That included waiting for hours outside of Patrick Chun’s office only to have the FAU athletic director refuse to meet with him.
The one-year position was assistant strength and conditioning coach, while also working with the wide receivers during practices. It came with a $40,000 salary plus potential bonuses, and $4,000 to cover relocation expenses.
Carter claims that after being assured by Kiffin that his employment was “done,” he and his wife quit their jobs and he traveled to campus to help the Owls on National Signing Day. He specifically was tasked with recruiting the previously mentioned prospect and two others who FAU successfully signed.
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Though the lawsuit doesn’t name the recruit by name, all signs point to former 4-star RB recruit D’Anfernee McGriff as being the prospect Kiffin was aiming to get. We will see where this lawsuit goes.