Lane Kiffin tells Luther Campbell thanks, but no thanks on FSU endorsement

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Lane Kiffin’s FAU Owls have racked up the points and caught the attention of Miami superfan Luther Campbell. (AP)
Lane Kiffin’s FAU Owls have racked up the points and caught the attention of Miami superfan Luther Campbell. (AP)

This may be the most Florida thing to happen on Twitter on Monday.

Florida Atlantic coach Lane Kiffin, quickly becoming one of sports’ best Twitter follows, told infamous Miami supporter Luther Campbell that he was not interested in the Florida State head coaching vacancy, despite Campbell’s endorsement.

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In case you’re not familiar, Campbell has a long, controversial and entertaining history with Miami football and American culture. He’s most famous for his 1990 arrest as the leader of hip-hop group “2 Live Crew” for a concert in Hollywood, Fla. on charges of obscenity.

The incident evolved into a landmark First Amendment story that eventually led to the invention of the Parental Advisory warning sticker that is still affixed to physical copies of music deemed to have naughty lyrics today.


Luther Campbell (Getty)
Luther Campbell (Getty)

Campbell is also well-known for his role as Uncle Luke, a Miami supporter during the swagger-filled glory days of the late 80s and early 90s  that saw the University become “The U.” It’s a role that eventually led Campbell to sue notorious Miami booster Nevin Shapiro after Shapiro dubbed himself “Little Luke” in a Yahoo Sports report, claiming he played a role similar to Campbell while running a $930 million ponzi scheme tied to Miami athletics years later.

Enough history, though. Campbell, who is still a proud Miami supporter, evidently doesn’t exclusively follow the Hurricanes. And Kiffin caught his attention during his first year with the Owls, who have gone 10-3 with a prolific offense that has scored 31 points or more in 11 straight games.

With the recent opening at Florida State and Kiffin’s history, albeit checkered, of coaching for big name programs, Campbell seems to think Kiffin is the right man to replace Jimbo Fisher in Tallahassee.

Alas, it appears unlikely, especially in light of Kiffin’s response to Campbell today. It’s too bad. The prospect of yearly FSU-Miami matchups with Kiffin on the sidelines and Campbell on the commentary? Sign us up.

We’ll have to settle for Kiffin trolling Alabama coach and former boss Nick Saban in the meantime.

Along with former employer Tennessee.


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