Lane Kiffin: 'I look at assistant coaches' wives. It tells me if they are good recruiters or not'
FAU head coach Lane Kiffin channeled his inner-James Franklin when speaking with CBS Sports recently.
In May of 2012, Franklin — then the coach at Vanderbilt — made headlines for his comments about assistant coaches and their wives.
“I’ve been saying it for a long time, I will not hire an assistant coach until I’ve seen his wife,” Franklin said during a radio interview with Nashville’s 104.5 FM The Zone. “If she looks the part, and she’s a D-I recruit, then you got a chance to get hired. That’s part of the deal.
“There’s a very strong correlation between having the confidence, going up and talking to a woman, and being quick on your feet and having some personality and confidence and being fun and articulate, than it is walking into a high school and recruiting a kid and selling him.”
After receiving some backlash, Franklin then responded via Twitter with multiple tweets.
My foot doesn't taste good, I hope I did not offend any1, I love & respect ALL,have a great day, enjoy the fam & don't forget 2 #AnchorDown
— James Franklin (@coachjfranklin) May 31, 2012
CBS Sports did an interesting story on FAU’s new prodigy OC Charlie Weis Jr. Weis Jr. is just 24 years-old, but he’s grown up in football basically his entire life with his father, Charlie Weis Sr. No doubt Weis Jr. has a big on-the-field coaching career in front of him, but he’s also a top notch recruiter. And Kiffin knew that from the get-go.
“He had all A’s in every single thing he’s ever done,” Kiffin said. “Normally those kids can’t socialize. That’s not him at all.
“He’s got a beautiful wife. How’d Charlie get her? I look at assistant coaches’ wives. It tells me if they are good recruiters or not.”
Never change, Lane.