I finally found something Lane Kiffin is doing at Florida Atlantic in the same way that former Owls coach Charlie Partridge did it.
On Saturday, March 18, Kiffin is scheduled to appear at Mizner Park Amphitheater in downtown Boca Raton as part of WPEC’s annual Health and Wellness Experience.
This is purely community relations stuff. It’s an event free to the public featuring cooking demonstrations and glucose screenings and vendor exhibits, with everything geared toward educating families on the healthiest options available to them.
No recruiting advantage to a head coach showing up there, in other words, just a chance to meet and greet some of the locals and maybe encourage them to come out and watch a football game or two at FAU’s beautiful new stadium.
Partridge was good at this, working the FAU Coach’s Corner at the wellness festival while kids ran cone drills and tackled dummies and threw footballs at targets. If Kiffin is up for a little bit of that duty, and he’s scheduled to be there from 1 to 1:30 p.m., that’s a good thing.
It will highlight the FAU program for potential ticket-buyers with the beginning of spring practice just around the corner on March 21. There’s the FAU spring game to promote, too. That’s scheduled for April 22.
Too many people in South Florida are unaware that Div. I college football is even happening in Boca Raton. If Kiffin, the former head coach of USC and Tennessee and the Oakland Raiders, doesn’t already know that, he needs to know. Interactions with the general public, not just FAU boosters, can only help in that regard.
The question now is who will be the biggest celebrity at Mizner Park that day as measured by the size of the crowds around them. Could be Kiffin. Could be Kevin Frazier, the co-host of Entertainment Tonight, who also is scheduled to appear.
Remember, this is Boca Raton, not Tuscaloosa, where working as offensive coordinator was more than enough to make Kiffin a major star with Alabama fans. The answer is not immediately obvious.