Football: Lane Kiffin, FAU facing fraud lawsuit

Plaintiff Antonio Carter claims that he was misled by Kiffin regarding a job in order to benefit from Carter’s relationship with a recruit.


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Hans Belot Jr., Sports Editor

Former University of Alabama wide receiver Antonio “A.C.” Carter has filed a fraud lawsuit against head football coach Lane Kiffin, FAU and the state of Florida, according to a report from Christopher Walsh of SEC Country.

Carter claims that Kiffin promised him the assistant strength and conditioning coaching position on the FAU football staff in order to curry favor with an unnamed recruit, whom Carter had a relationship with.

According to the report, after the prospect accepted the scholarship with FAU, school officials informed Carter that “due to two prior minor misdemeanor criminal charges,” he hadn’t passed the mandatory background check and therefore would not be hired.

Carter claims he sent documentation to FAU demonstrating that the charges had been resolved, but FAU did not respond to his inquiries. According to Carter, he also spent hours waiting outside of FAU Athletic Director Patrick Chun’s office, but Chun refused to meet with him.

Before being notified, Carter believed he had already been employed, so he and his wife quit their jobs in Alabama. He then went to FAU for National Signing Day to finalize the recruitment of the unnamed prospect, who is from Tallahassee, Florida, Carter’s hometown.

While the lawsuit omitted the recruit’s name, it mentioned that he was a junior college player and a former four-star prospect who previously signed a letter of intent with the University of Florida, according to the report.

D’Anfernee McGriff, who signed with FAU this past month, was a four-star running back from Tallahassee. He played last season at Iowa Western Community College and, according to 247sports, committed to Florida before signing with FAU.

The lawsuit states that the prospect’s family had celebrated New Year’s Eve with Carter and his family.

“It is believed that this relationship between Plaintiff Antonio Carter and the coveted prospect was known to the coaches and defendants at the time he was hired,” according to the lawsuit.

Carter played for Alabama for three years until his career was cut short after a leg injury in 2001. Since then, he’s worked as a grad assistant at Alabama and UTEP, as the passing coordinator at Appalachian State in 2008 and the wide receivers coach at Eastern Michigan in 2009 and Samford from 2010-12.

Hans Belot Jr. is the sports editor of the University Press. For information regarding this or other stories, email [email protected] or tweet him at @Don_Phenom_.