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Coach sues Lane Kiffin, claims he was promised job to secure recruit

By The Sports Xchange
Former Alabama Crimson Tide offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin and running back Derrick Henry head to the field prior to game against the Clemson Tigers of the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona on January 11, 2016. Photo by Jon SooHoo/UPI
Former Alabama Crimson Tide offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin and running back Derrick Henry head to the field prior to game against the Clemson Tigers of the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona on January 11, 2016. Photo by Jon SooHoo/UPI | License Photo

Former Alabama receiver Antonio "A.C." Carter filed a lawsuit alleging fraud against Florida Atlantic coach Lane Kiffin, the university and the state of Florida.

Carter alleges Kiffin misled him to believe he had a job on FAU's football staff as assistant wide receivers coach and assistant strength and conditioning coach, according to SEC Country.

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Carter's offer was revoked after two prior misdemeanor charges showed up on a conducted background check.

The complaint, which was filed Tuesday in Shelby County, Ala., claims "Kiffin deliberately misled him regarding a job on the FAU football staff in order to benefit from his family relationship with a prospect."

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Carter was a three-year starter at Alabama before a leg injury ended his career in 2001. His comeback attempt lasted until 2004, and Carter finished his college career with 106 receptions for 1,294 yards.

Carter served as a graduate assistant under Alabama coach Nick Saban in 2008, before leaving Tuscaloosa for a coaching position at Appalachian State.

Carter was passing coordinator at Appalachian State (2008), wide receivers coach at Eastern Michigan (2009) and Samford (2010-12).

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Carter said in the lawsuit that he helped FAU on National Signing Day and had been recruiting a junior college prospect from his hometown.

"The prospect's family had just celebrated New Year's Eve together with Plaintiff Antonio Carter and his family just a few weeks earlier," the lawsuit states. "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."

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