Conor McGregor burst onto the scene of mixed martial arts, quickly rising to the top and becoming a bonafide star. Then he decided to try his hand at boxing, and earned seven figures.
What’s next on his itinerary? Maybe suiting up for Lane Kiffin and the FAU Owls?
It will be if the first-year head coach gets his way.
On Friday, Kiffin was working Twitter like a pro, tagging McGregor in a tweet about going undefeated in the C-USA and inviting “The Notorious” to come play football for the program.
We’re not just here to take part — we’re here to take over #keepclimbing. If one of us goes to war we all go to war!! #8-0 #Dontlookdown #thefaU @ConferenceUSA @TheNotoriousMMA come play fullback for us pic.twitter.com/zCGShpLukJ
— Lane Kiffin (@Lane_Kiffin) November 24, 2017
That means, of course, that McGregor would have to become a student at FAU. From a super fight with Floyd Mayweather to freshman with an undeclared major at FAU, that would be a big step down, even as a publicity stunt.
But it underscores greater efforts by Kiffin to build out the FAU brand. He’s great on social media, and that’s huge for a social media obsessed generation in talent rich Florida.
If the Owls manage to keep Kiffin around more than a year or two, as unlikely as it may be, they might find themselves outgrowing the C-USA before too long.
What’s the over/under on how long it would take McGregor to get an unnecessary roughness penalty?