Lane Kiffin says Week 1 opponent Kyler Murray should retire from football

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Lane Kiffin wishes <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/ncaaf/players/255122/" data-ylk="slk:Kyler Murray">Kyler Murray</a> was playing baseball right now. He is not alone in that thought. (AP Photo)
Lane Kiffin wishes Kyler Murray was playing baseball right now. He is not alone in that thought. (AP Photo)

Lane Kiffin is staring down a difficult task in Week 1. Per Bovada, Kiffin’s Florida Atlantic squad is a 21-point underdog against likely top-10 opponent Oklahoma and its high-octane offense led by former five-star quarterback Kyler Murray. The situation is dire. Few expect FAU to emerge victorious on Oklahoma’s home turf.

But Lane Kiffin has a plan.

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College football’s most lovable scamp appeared at Conference USA’s media day on Thursday and threw out an interesting idea for Murray: retire from football and go play baseball with the Oakland Athletics, with whom Murray signed for a guaranteed $4.8 million after being selected ninth overall in the 2018 MLB draft.

It’s safe to say Kiffin isn’t the most neutral observer here, but it’s all in good fun (probably). Kiffin could even step it up and air PSAs or mail brochures on the dangers of football to Murray.

Murray has already reached an agreement in which he’ll play for Oklahoma during the 2018 football season and report to spring training in 2019. Like Kiffin, the A’s would almost certainly rather have Murray hang up his shoulder and report to rookie ball, but that’s the sacrifice they made by using a ninth overall pick on a person who enjoys playing football and is rather good at it.

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