It’s good to be back. So what did I miss?

 

 

It’s good to be back.  I have missed you guys (and ladies) the past two months.

Because we need to catch up, this entry will be a tad long today so please bear with me.

So what have I missed? There is so much but let’s start with these five:

1. Lane Kiffin, the gift that keeps on giving: Over the weekend somebody predicted this would be the No. 1 story when I returned. He was right, of course.  How could it not be?

 After a less than quality experience with the Oakland Raiders, Kiffin takes over at Tennessee and decides to completely change the culture in Big Orange Country. He has succeeded. After 17 years of having a button-downed head coach (Phillip Fulmer) who chose his words carefully, Kiffin decided it was time for Tennessee to, rhetorically speaking, start kicking butt and take some names. 

I’ve heard some people rip into Kiffin as a young coach who is not too bright. I don’t believe that for a minute. I think Lane Kiffin knows exactly what he’s doing. When he accused Urban Meyer of cheating, Kiffin was walking into lunch room on the first day of school and smacking the biggest, baddest dude across the mouth just to announce his presence.  Yeah, he got a reprimand from the commissioner but he also fired up a Tennessee fan base that sorely needed it.

There were several fun incidents after that, the latest being the claim by a South Carolina signee that Kiffin told him  “he would be pumping gas” like the other players from that state who signed with the Gamecocks. Kiffin denied he ever said it but by this point it really didn’t matter if it was true or not. Because of what Kiffin had done and said before, to the media it “sounded” like something he would say so it got traction.

Now Kiffin has Al Davis, the very strange owner of the Oakland Raiders, trashing him (through his minions) in a letter to the Tennessee president. Not really sure that’s a bad thing for Kiffin.

That’s why Kiffin has to be measured in his comments in the future. Once the national media paints an image of a coach, especially if it’s bad, it takes a long time and a lot of wins to change it. It took Les Miles four seasons, 42 wins, and one national championship at LSU before some people would admit that he’s a pretty good football coach.

 

2.  Alabama’s textbook case: How serious? Understand that when the NCAA is involved, nothing happens in a vacuum. The NCAA has a long, long memory.

Here is what I mean. Normally, jay walking is not a serious offense. But if you go before the same judge a bunch of times for various transgressions, he might be tempted to send you a message with a punishment that goes beyond the seriousness of the crime. And then you have to hire a lawyer and fight like crazy on what appeared to be something fairly minor.

That is the situation that faces Alabama football.  In the fall of 2007 the school had to sit five football players because of what it said was a glitch in its method of providing textbooks and other educational materials to athletes. This glitch allowed “friends” of the athletes to also get these materials, whose reported value was around $1,600. If you think that sounds like chump change in a multi-million dollar enterprise that is Alabama football, it is. But it also misses the point.

Alabama went before the judge, better known as the NCAA’s committee on infractions, on Feb. 20. The COI normally makes a final decision about 4-6 weeks after that meeting.

The judge probably wanted to know why, after getting everything BUT the death penalty in 2002, Alabama would allow ANY glitches like this to happen.

Nobody knows what is going to happen in this case. If somebody tells you they do, they are delusional—or lying. But you can’t dismiss it as minor until the judge SAYS that it is minor.

 

3. Florida State academic scandal: Is this it for Bobby Bowden? As an old coach once told me, “there is breaking the rules and then there’s cheating.” And Florida State admits there was academic cheating going on in its athletic department. The school admits that tutors played fast and loose with some on-line courses. When athletic officials found out about it, they declared the athletes ineligible and imposed a number of sanctions, which included loss of scholarships and suspension for the first three games of the 2008 season for the football players involved. They fired the employees who took part.

But the NCAA Committee on Infractions also wants Florida State to vacate all of the victories in which the offending athletes participated. That could cost the school an NCAA track championship. It could also cost Bobby Bowden, the second winningest coach in Division I-A history, 14 wins from his current total of 382.

Florida State is going to appeal this part of the NCAA’s ruling and I believe the school will prevail because there is a precedent. In 2006 Georgia Tech won an appeal on an academic fraud case claiming the penalty of vacating football victories was excessive and inconsistent with previous cases of this kind. The appeals committee agreed.

But what if this appeals committee does not agree?  Bowden, who trails Penn State’s Joe Paterno by one victory, would not have a chance to retire as college football’s all time winner. Would he coach this season and retire? Would he retire before the season?

 

4.  The Bryce Brown Sweepstakes:  Let’s see if I have this straight. Young Mr. Brown just couldn’t get enough of the endless recruiting process and decided to drag it out until today, when he will announce his decision to the world at an elaborately staged event .  We can only pray that hats will not be involved. Mr. Brown has an “advisor,” Brian Butler, who is a former manager of a cell phone calling center and, until some good reporting by the New York Times, was selling information on the recruitment of his client via a website.

 I have one piece of advice for the team who signs the running back from Wichita. You had better make damn sure this kid is worth it because every move he makes in college will be scrutinized to the extreme. And if he screws up—and a lot of kids do because they are kids—the press will be brutal. This kid, and his “advisor,” had better not have any skeletons in their closets because the NCAA is looking for them as we speak. I’m not saying don’t sign him. But do it with your eyes wide open.

 

5. The Andre Smith meltdown: This one just broke my heart. The day that Andre Smith walked onto the Alabama campus he was the starting left tackle, which is a hard thing to do in the Southeastern Conference. He was the best player at his position in college football. NFL teams dream about drafting a guy they can put at left tackle and not worry for the next 10 years. Andre Smith was one of those guys.

Then it all fell apart. He got kicked off the team for dabbling with people representing an agent. Then he hired an agent who really only had one job: Get Andre to the NFL combine in good shape. It didn’t happen. Andre showed up fat, announced that he wasn’t going to work out, and then left without telling anybody. He got trashed by the NFL experts, who put a big premium on future professionals ACTING like professionals.

He probably helped himself a little at last week’s pro day workouts in Tuscaloosa. But I thought for the right team that Smith could be the No. 1 overall pick in the draft. He is that good. Miami needed a left tackle in the last draft and made Michigan’s Jake Long the No. 1 pick. His contract included $30 million of guaranteed money. Let’s see where Andre is drafted and how much money he is guaranteed.  Then you’ll know what this cost him.  Very sad.

 

 

 

153 comments Add your comment

GATORZONE

March 16th, 2009
3:26 pm

Preseason national champions mean nothing. Just wait until Tebow turns it up a notch in November and wins another for the Gator Nation. He is the greatest player in NCAA history and will be a number one pick in the NFL. Trust me on that. I don’t pick national champions but I can see talent when I see it. And Tim is the best. You Dawg fans can blow it out of your preverbial ears. LOL!

GATORZONE

March 16th, 2009
3:29 pm

3:26 post is not from me. Someone is using my moniker. However, I do agree with his assesment!

Freehawk

March 16th, 2009
3:30 pm

I do, however, appreciate his keeping litigators busy in this economy:

Kiffin to give deposition

Former Raiders Coach Lane Kiffin will give a deposition Monday in his grievance against the Team. Kiffin was fired in September for cause after what Owner Al Davis described as acts of insubordination and lying. Kiffin field a grievance and is seeking two months pay for the time he was unemployed before being hired by the University of Tennessee.

AltamahaDawg

March 16th, 2009
3:35 pm

Anyone questioning Kiffin’s impact to energize the Vol nation should ask: Did Auburn University hire a head coach yet? Time will tell which has the better strategy.

doug

March 16th, 2009
3:37 pm

Kiffin signed Rivals #1 player for this year: Mr. Brown!!!

GeoffDawg

March 16th, 2009
3:45 pm

While I disagree that Tebow is the greatest player in NCAA history, he is indeed special and may be the best of this decade. However, given all that, he unfortunately falls into the “hybrid” category as far as translating his skills to the NFL. While he could do a lot of different things well (throwing, blocking, receiving, running) at the pro level, I don’t see him doing any one thing well enough to be a top pick. The team that takes him will have to be creative and will probably try to either convert him to a different position or keep him on the depth chart as a backup qb and put some so called “wild cat” plays into the gameplan to exploit his talents. Either, I admire his skill and determination he brings to the table and wish him the best. He has the kind of attitude every coach wants from a team leader.

GTLiebs

March 16th, 2009
3:47 pm

I can’t really see the FSU situation being accurately compared to Georgia Techs’. Unfortunately our case will probably be used as precedent to get FSU out of their troubles. To me it seems silly though. Georgia Tech had 11 people be academically ineligible for games and from what I’ve heard it was because the Tech administration didn’t teach people what on track to graduate was for the NCAA. This is quite different from 61 people cheating on a test. Another thing, when Tech went to appeal its game forfeit punishment (not vacate) it had already charged itself with 6 scholarships for the upcoming recruiting class and was charged 12 more for the next 2 years by the NCAA. I think FSU is going to lose 6 scholarships over the next THREE YEARS! If FSU wins their appeal they will get very little punishment for a serious offense or as Mr. Barnhart put it “there is breaking the rules and then there’s cheating”. Let us also not forget, as it surely will be, that this appeal isn’t about keeping Bobby Bowdens’ wins. This is about keeping the victories for every sport these players participated in.

I think those noles should be happy that their athletic programs didn’t get their future hopes kicked in the nuts with excessive scholarship loss or with bowl banning and take the hit to their damn record books. If their head football coach was anyone but Bobby Bowden or Joe Paterno, there would be no controversy, no news, and no appeal.

BravesFan79

March 16th, 2009
3:47 pm

I think college sports would be so much better if we didnt allow ANYONE in the college that wasnt smart enough to be there in the first place!!

No more football players with 600 SAT scores that have the IQ of a 8th grader. No more blacks that are so dumb thed do a armed robbery $20 bucks while risking a scholarship worth BIG $$. (The guy from college park that went to Univ of AL) But what do you expect from a young black from college park, or decatur or clayton for that matter……. when its a 50/50 chance if your getting a future criminal or not?

bank walker

March 16th, 2009
3:50 pm

Bryce Brown, in my opinion, is not the best player in the nation. Just because he beat up a bunch of high school defenses in KANSAS, doesn’t carry any merit. Since when did Kansas have relevant high school football. Now if he played football in the Great state of Georgia or Florida, and accomplished what he did, then I would give him credit. He’s average @ best!

bama12titles

March 16th, 2009
3:58 pm

Bravesfan79,

I’m not sure I understand your point about young black men having a 50/50 chance of being a future criminal? Nobody automatically has a 50/50 chance of being a criminal unless they make the conscious decision to be a criminal. The kid that went to Bama Jeremy Elder from college park. Yeah, he was incredibly dumb but apparently he made a high enough act score and had a high enough high school gpa to qualify for sec football. But nobody quite knows exactly what a kid is made of when they are only 18. I am glad we got rid of a bad apple though in Elder. He decided to throw away a free college education to hold up 2 students for all of $20. Unfreakingbelievable. Imbeciles like him do not deserve a shot. Also glad to see Mark Richt rescind a schollie to the dexter moody kid based on this kid’s poor behavior. Its hard to find all the behavioral issues with people that are only 18 years old but the head coaches in the sec do the best they can. Its just that sometimes you have know way of knowing a kid is a thug until after he’s aleady graduated high school. Oh well.

fishtales

March 16th, 2009
3:58 pm

LSU-
Again…lying and making things up to suit your argument. The players DID NOT sell any of the textbooks. They got extra books and materials and gave them to a couple of friends. This is documented. Read the transcript of what was sent to the NCAA. Or, just keep making stuff up since you STILL can’t get over the fact that Saban isn’t your coach anymore.

Sure

March 16th, 2009
4:04 pm

Fishtales – where can I find those transcripts? Do you have a link by any chance?

Fred

March 16th, 2009
4:06 pm

I disagree with Tony on Kiffin. He does not seem very smart and his behavior is erratic. Of course, he had to impress someone to get a job at an SEC school. I look for him to sign dexter Moody later this week. Can you say Hal Mumme?

whitx2

March 16th, 2009
4:09 pm

Lswho Fan. You have said twice that the nzaa will come down on bama hard because it is taking such a long time in their ruling. Did you not read the article? Tony said that the ruling takes 4 to 6 weeks. Do the math, you’ll get there.

GeoffDawg

March 16th, 2009
4:16 pm

I find it ironic that the guy complaining about the description of academic cheating at tech is calling himself “GTLie” followed by “BS”. Also, I don’t know what the deal with BravesFan is but bama12titles has a point – no one is born with half a chance of ending up in jail. It’s a conscious decision they have to make and I wouldn’t for a minute not recruit a kid just because of the area that he’s from. If he’s had behavior or criminal issues already in high school, that’s a different story but you can’t penalize somebody for where they’re born without giving them a chance to prove themselves first. I would imagine that that’s an obvious conclusion reached by 90% of the people posting here so I’m left with the impression that BV’s just trying to stir up trouble.

SECFootballRocks

March 16th, 2009
4:24 pm

I do not believe that there is anything to the Bama textbook story because I know for a fact that I had both of the campuses’ textbooks checked out during the time in question. Those kids have never seen a textbook.

Bama needs to cool it. They do have a 2 game losing streak going.

The 11 other SEC schools are going to love Lame Kiffin more than Tennessee will. His mouth writes checks his team will not be able to cash. I hear Lame is installing a stripper pole for Ed Orgeron & the rest of his asst coaches.

Most NFL coaches fail when moving to college, and most college coaches fail when moving to the NFL. Lame will end up failing at both. It will be fun to watch. Hope they are on TV a lot and go for a 75 yard field goal.

Vol fans don’t realize that publicity is not necessarily a good thing. Lame might as well be painting bulls eyes on the back of his players’ jerseys. This Fall will be fun to watch.

How long before Bryce Brown implodes and takes Tennessee with him? If his “advisor” screws up and becomes his “agent” then it will get uglier than a Georgia Tech coed.

This year’s best new coach in the SEC is the guy at Miss State. Former Gator offensive coordinator, good recruiter, X’s and O’s guy, understands NCAA regs, and is smart enough to lay low preparing for the season.

The second best new coach this year is the Gene guy from whereever. Not too impressive a resume, but I’ve got a feeling he is putting in his own system and will have a system, a gameplan, and be ready to compete.

The third best new coach this year is obviously The Kitten. Neyland Stadium will be The Litter Box by Dec 1st. Lotsa poop to scoop.

I think a 6th item for your column might be Houston Nutt at Ole Miss. They might get to their first SEC championship game this year. They won 10 games & the Cotton Bowl last year and should be better this year. I wonder how that makes our Arkansas friends feel?

Think Arkansas pulled the trigger on Nutt a little too soon? Think Arkansas should have looked around a little more before trying to save face and quickly naming Petino? I do.

Does UF go to Oxford this year for a rematch? If so it should be a good game.

Music City Dawg

March 16th, 2009
4:24 pm

Tebow is a great college player. He can get it done, that’s for sure. But he sure throws an ugly ball. Lucky for him, it’s working well.

LSU fan

March 16th, 2009
4:25 pm

Fishtales,
$1600 worth of books to a couple of friends—no money exchanged—-just friends that really liked to study—-problem is “friends” said they paid for the books. You just go on believing whatever you wish if it makes you feel better. NCAA is frequently lenient but not particularly known for being stupid. The friends were either complicit in fraud and theft or they paid for the books. If you sell or give away $1600 worth of anything that you obtained fraudulently, it is a big problem if you are caught. Aw shucks, it was only 4 or 5 players and only around $2000 apparently makes you feel okay. I suspect that when a team is on probation, “aw shucks” is not an acceptable answer to the NCAA. Who knows, maybe Bama can argue that 4 or 5 players does not constitute a systemic issue. Since this was fraud, were the players suspended from school?

fishtales

March 16th, 2009
4:29 pm

gdawginkalamazoo

March 16th, 2009
4:30 pm

Jacksonville has opened up the spot for Tebow for next year on their roster so everybody just calm down.

Sharecropper

March 16th, 2009
4:34 pm

To hell with all that stuff. I can’t find a place to ask this question, so I’ll try here: what is wrong with the Ga. Tech beat writer who seemingly cannot be energized to write about the football program and/or spring practice? There are Tech issues at play here: special teams, on both sides of the ball, on all teams; replacing the defensive line, and more importantly, getting a passing game in place because without it, Tech cannot compete with the big guys. Ain’t gotta be 40 passes a game,but it has to be an effective 16-18 passes a game to keep teams from putting nine guys in the box, as LSU did. If the Tech writer can’t cut it, find somebody who can.

fishtales

March 16th, 2009
4:35 pm

LSU-
See above…the books actually had to be turned back in. Friends did NOT say they paid for the books. Do you really just keep making up stories as you go along? Did you talk to any of these “friends”? If not, then you got your information the same way I did and NOWHERE does it say any money exchanged hands. Now was this textbook thing acceptable? No…but all the players were suspended until the NCAA told them they could come back. No competitive advantage was gained by anyone on the field or in the classroom. And, if Bama had not SELF-REPORTED this…it’s likely no one…including the UA Administration would have ever found out about this. Should Bama be punished? Probably a little slap but get real with your doom and gloom scenario. Or just keep twisting everything around if it makes YOU feel better.

GeoffDawg

March 16th, 2009
4:36 pm

Sharecropper – you have to understand that it’s pollen season and most people who follow tech football have terrible sinus problems. I agree with you though – tech has issues.

SECFootballRocks

March 16th, 2009
4:38 pm

Speaking of Lame Kiffin, I am reminded of one of my all time favorite sports jokes:

Did you hear about the 7 prisoners who escaped from the Maryland State Penitentiary? Two were caught in Pennsylvania, two were caught in West Virginia, and three were signed by Fran Curci at Kentucky.

Sure

March 16th, 2009
4:40 pm

Thanks fishtales

Music City Dawg

March 16th, 2009
4:41 pm

I’m actually relieved Asher Allen went to the NFL. Did he make any plays that didn’t involve a 15 yard penalty? Just saying…

BravesFan79

March 16th, 2009
4:55 pm

I dunno about yall, but i personally spent YEARS working apt complexes throught College Park, South Atlanta, Clayton, Decatur, as well as the heavily mexican areas like Buford Hwy.
If you dont think the #’s are at least 50/50 from young men in these areas, then just take a drive down Joseph E Lowery Blvd and notice all the gang members standing around. And yes i recognize Bloods when i see them. And theres alot!

Overall in America, 1 in 3 black men has a criminal history. In these areas, its more like 2 out of 3.
Knowing areas like college park very well, i was not surprised at all about what happened at AL with the robbery. That kids mindset will probably never change.

SECFootballRocks

March 16th, 2009
4:55 pm

Only thing I know about Asher Allen is that he does no wrap when he “tackles.” Neither do the other 10 guys on defense. They think if they just bump the ballcarriers hard enough that they will fall down. It didn’t work against an inferior Tech team. Any time your team scores 42 points it should win. Hope Coach Richt has his players practice “tackling” this year.

wxwax

March 16th, 2009
5:05 pm

Excellent first column back! Good information, sold writing. Thank you.

I agree with you completely about Lane Kiffin. He’s crazy like a fox. Bradley mocked me for calling Tennessee’s program “moribund”. But it’s clear that Kiffin wants to shake things up and he’s modeling himself after Pete Carroll. He wants to duplicate the almost manic excitement that players have in the USC program.

And I also agree that it will all be for naught if he doesn’t win. I think he’ll be respectable in his first year. But as a Vol alum pointed out to me, Kiffin didn’t recruit a top QB. So he’s at least three years away from competing for an SEC title, I would think. Then again, Alabama didn’t have a QB either, last year. So who knows?

Regardless, I’m excited to see Kiffin come in and twit the dour, grim men who run the SEC these days. More power to him!

murfdawg

March 16th, 2009
5:07 pm

Tony,
Welcome back! I received your book as a Christmas present. It was thoroughly entertaining and I enjoyed reminiscing about some of the great players and games in the 60s and 70s.

NCAA investigations are like looking at an iceberg. You only see 20%. I don’t think the Bama thing is a big deal, but the FSU scandal looks pretty serious. It will be interesting to see if the former Lt.Col, who is the AD will make heads roll. I have always been a Bowden fan, but his time to go has finally come.

Are you going to be on the southside of Atlanta for a book signing anytime soon?

G8R GRAD

March 16th, 2009
5:07 pm

Can’t wait ’til September 19th.

We’ll see how loudly Lame Kitten will be mouthing-off after his date in The Swamp!

SECFootball Rocks:

No, the Gators don’t play Ol’ Miss this year.

G8R GRAD

March 16th, 2009
5:12 pm

We do, however, play MSU in Starkville on Oct. 24th.

Tide rising

March 16th, 2009
5:15 pm

LSwho fan,

You don’t sound like someone that probably went to college anytime recently if at all. $1600 is nothing when you are talking about textbooks.Its not unusual for one textbook to cost $100-$150.

Add to that the fact that half of that amount in question went for books that the students and the bookstore thought the student was entitled to receive because the professor recommended the books even though they weren’t required. Its like taking an English Lit course and the professor recommends that you purchase the book Moby Dick but he doesn’t require it. Believe it or not the NCAA does not allow student athletes to get the course materials recommended by instructors. They are allowed to get the “required” books only. You would think the ncaa would want kids to be given every opportunity to learn but apparently this is not the case.

So there was a little confusion and half the problem was student athletes getting materials that were recommended but not required. This is unintentional and is a 2ndary infraction. Perhaps you should actually READ about what actually happened before you go spouting off at the mouth and accusing other programs of intentional cheating.

heeldawg

March 16th, 2009
5:15 pm

Tony, welcome back. We missed ya.

It remains to be seen, but so far the best thing about Lane Kiffin BY FAR is his wife Layla (who is, by the way, Coach John Reaves’ daughter, which makes his ripping Steve Spurrier all the more interesting). Kiffin may be announcing his presence to the league bullies by getting in their collective faces, but he’d better back it up with a few wins. Otherwise, he’s just digging his own professional grave.

It’s just a matter of time before Bama gets put back on probation. The combination of rabid Tide fans and Nick Saban does not bode well for maintenance of NCAA compliance.

Tom: Moody was not making academic progress, and there were behavioral issues, as well. He was a loose cannon. A great athlete, but a program liability. Not the kind of player Richt needed after the off-the-field incidents of last season. He’ll probably be an All-American at Arkansas or Troy.

Atlanta Jackets: Your tongue is so firmly planted in your cheek that you’re talking funny. “A more polished AJ Green with good hands?” Give me a break. And the whole “Tech fans” thing is amusing. There are more Georgia fans in Appharetta than there are Tech fans in Georgia.

heeldawg

March 16th, 2009
5:16 pm

Sorry, I meant “Alpharetta.” I’m on vacation, using a beat-up laptop with a sensitive keyboard.

Mrs Kiffen

March 16th, 2009
5:20 pm

Tony, what can you tell me about Orgeron’s nipple rings?? I hear that he really excited some young kids at the Tennessee Junior Day. There is something about adult males stripping down to their pants in the presence of teenagers that really excites me. You have any facts for us??

Tide rising

March 16th, 2009
5:24 pm

Heeldawg,

It almost sounds like you made a disparaging remark about Nick Saban having compliance problems with the ncaa. But surely you know that in all of his head coaching stints at Toledo, Michigan State, Lsu, and now Alabama. none of his previous programs were ever levied with even one major violation to my knowledge. Surely you do know that of course don’t you? I mean if you are going to insinuate him being a cheater of course you would have some data to back it up wouldn’t you? Speaking of cheating Alabama has had 2 major infractions cases with the ncaa in its history. Georgia has had 6 major cases brought against it by the ncaa(tied with auburn and several other schools for 3rd most). I deal in facts, not hyperbole. And those facts come straight from the ncaa so before you go criticizing Bama do some research on ncaa infractions cases against your own program smart guy.

bama12titles

March 16th, 2009
5:33 pm

Bravesfan79, Sadly, You may be right on in those areas and with your #s. The 50/50 number sounds right in those areas Clayton, College Park,etc. and maybe even 2/3 as you state, especially if the overall rate is 1 in 3 have a criminal history which is a commonly known stat backed up by the judicial system. My only point is that these kids aren’t automatically born criminals. Each and everyone of them makes a conscious decision to either be a thug or not be a thug. Too bad so many of them make the decision to be a thug.

VanDSIRROM

March 16th, 2009
5:50 pm

Tony–
Now that you’ve put “the old stuff” behind you…tell us what’s really going on in Denver with their verson of Kiffin.

VanDSIRROM VanderbiltSportsNews.com

SECFootballRocks

March 16th, 2009
6:12 pm

With both Bryce Brown and The Lame Kitten in Knoxville can a total Volunteer program meltdown not be far away? I give it 24 months max.

And I wonder how The Kitten’s deposition went today. Does he know it is a felony to lie on a deposition? If not he may be coaching on the UT sidelines in his big orange jail jumpsuit.

The latest I heard on the deposition is:

Former Raiders Coach Lane Kiffin will give a deposition Monday in his grievance against the Raiders. Kiffin was fired in September for cause after what Owner Al Davis described as acts of insubordination and lying. Kiffin filed a grievance and is seeking two months pay for the time he was unemployed before being hired by the University of Tennessee.

UTWildboyz!!!! UTWildboyz!!!!

It won’t get better. It will get deeper.

Longtime CFB fan

March 16th, 2009
6:27 pm

Tony. Thanks for the LARGE TYPE this morning for old people like myself :) I’m glad to have you back, but I must say there was absolutely nothing new in this column. It’s disappointing to wait for two months and read stuff that has all been widely reported elsewhere for weeks. :( I’m hoping for a better second column from Mr. CFB. :)

Gen Neyland

March 16th, 2009
7:17 pm

wxwax : When Kiffin took over Atop Rocky, all the top QB prospects were committed. He didn’t sign one because there wasn’t one out there left hanging he wanted…That is basically his sentiments on the matter.

BTW, with the signing of Bryce Brown, Kiffin has signed the #8 best 2009 class according to Scouts and #10 according to Rivals…Not bad for a guy who’s been on the job for less than 3 months. With RB’s Hardesty, Creer and Poole already in place, plus a guy named Oku coming in with Brown, well, maybe we’ll just direct snap all game long…

Old News

March 16th, 2009
7:53 pm

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Dogs #1 in baseball, #2 (in Georgia) in football!...for a full year!

March 16th, 2009
8:14 pm

dog drafts cannot even get to Athens before the “fun” starts!

[...] College Football Has Returned! Tony Barnhart is back from break to discuss a few of the college football issues of the day- 1.Kiffin vs Al [...]

Atlanta Jackets

March 16th, 2009
10:10 pm

When does the Lindy’s and Athelon mags come out? I’m betting the Robot is on the cover. I beat it’s a pic of him scoring a touchdown on Georgia. How sweet is that? LOL! Nesbot is the best QB in the state… that includes Matt Ice Cream.

Darryl

March 16th, 2009
10:18 pm

It’s good to have you back Tony.

Geaux Tigers!
Go SEC!

Jumbo

Chuck Uga

March 16th, 2009
11:14 pm

Lane Kiffin couldn’t carry Les Miles’ jock. Not even on the same planet as far as coaching acumen. Lane Kiffin will never win a NC, much less the SEC. Tony, name one successful coach in the past 50+ years who was successful when following a legend.

Sautee Dawg

March 17th, 2009
8:04 am

Welcome back Tony. Hope vacation was good to you!

The General Feeling

March 17th, 2009
8:28 am

Look people, Lane Kiffin is playing the game with teenagers and it appears he is winning. His antics are making headlines on the ajc.com and ESPN. He just signed the nation’s #1 high school player. He does not need your adult approval. He only needs the approval of those teenagers. Oh and have you looked at his coaching staff? There are plently of proven assistants on his staff to run his Os, Ds, and Special Ts. Tennessee may be average in 2009 but they will be very good once Kiffin and Company fill the program with the nation’s best players. Count on it.