BOCA RATON – It didn’t take long for new FAU coach Lane Kiffin to bring a member of the Alabama staff with him to Boca Raton.
Wilson Love, former Crimson Tide assistant strength coach, is the new FAU football strength and conditioning coach, a source tells OwlAccess.com.
He’ll replace Chuck Lobe, who’d been with the Owls since the Carl Pelini era.
Love is a former defensive lineman for the Crimson Tide who was last a member of the team as a player in the 2013 season.
He rarely saw the playing field during his career and may be best remembered by Tide fans for being sued by his former fraternity brother for beating him up in a Los Angeles hotel room.
Love accompanied Kiffin on the Monday’s flight to Boca Raton from Tuscaloosa.
FAU introduced Kiffin as head coach on Tuesday after signing him to a five-year, $4.75 million contract shortly before the 10 a.m. press conference.
Kiffin spent the past three seasons as Alabama’s offensive coordinator. The Tide won last season’s national championship and is the No. 1 seed in the college football playoffs this year. Kiffin returned to Alabama on Tuesday night and plans to remain with the Tide until their season is complete.
Following Tuesday’s press conference Kiffin met with several current FAU assistants to discuss his plans for them.
“Obviously we will make some changes,” Kiffin said.
A source tells OwlAccess.com that the two coaches Kiffin is most interested in retaining are offensive line coach Garin Justice and defensive backs coach Corey Bell.
Kiffin called it “a definite possibility” that current Alabama coaches would join the FAU staff.
“Obviously we’ve got some great coaches at Alabama,” Kiffin said. “They would come here in enhanced roles. That’s definitely an option.”