Kiffin: No more apologies

 

 

Destin, Fla.—Lane Kiffin did apologize for using the word “cheat” and Urban Meyer in the same sentence back in February. He was wrong and the SEC commissioner let him know it with an official reprimand.

But the new Tennessee coach ain’t apologizing for anything else and here’s why: Given the realities of the football program he inherited, Kiffin believes he was just doing what he had to do to jump-start the process of making the Volunteers a contender again.

“Do I love everything I had to do to get us to this point? No I don’t but my job is not to love everything that I do,” Kiffin said as he met with the collective SEC media for the first time on Tuesday. “My job is to do the best thing for our university and the best thing for our people.”

Kiffin, 34, has ruffled more than a few feathers since joining the SEC coaching fraternity last December. The episodes have been well documented so we won’t review them here. But here at the annual SEC spring meetings, where he sat down with his fellow coaches for the first time on Tuesday, Kiffin said his aggressive approach to date is simply what the job requires.

“I think as you look at this job (Tennessee) you have to have a national presence,” Kiffin said. “We’re not fortunate enough to be able to sign 23 or 25 players from our state. When you become a head coach, you take a specific plan into a job. This one, as I looked at it, needed to have a spark immediately as far as exposure.”

Kiffin’s point was that he had to do some unconventional things to get Tennessee noticed nationally. Some of his controversial decisions drew scorn in the national media and from fellow coaches. Kiffin had a little dust up with Steve Spurrier, who wondered if Kiffin had taken his NCAA recruiting test before calling prospects. Turns out he had taken the test and Kiffin wondered if he was going to get an apology. The two rode in an elevator on Tuesday and patched it up, but not before Spurrier reminded the young coach that he never accused him of cheating. He simply asked the question.

Kiffin and Meyer? That relationship is going to take some work and, given the jobs they hold, will remain chilly. Meyer said the key to the situation is to be “professional.” But he also admitted that it wasn’t easy.

But here’s the reality: While Kiffin’s style in the past six months has gone against the grain, it also made Tennessee the most talked-about 5-7 team in college football. And six months into the job, Kiffin said, the plan is working. Tennessee closed fast in recruiting, signing a Top 10 class that included running back Bryce Brown, rated by some services as the No. 1 player in the nation.

“If you look at the plan over six months you’d have to say it is going extremely well. There aren’t any six-year plans anymore,” Kiffin said. “None of you guys are going to write ‘Well, they will be good six years from now.’ To sit back and say we’ll take it easy and sit in the weeds and say someday we’ll sign a Top 10 class….we didn’t have time to do that.”

Kiffin said that he hopes the other coaches in the SEC understand that every job is different. What might work at one place may not work at another. His job is not to make friends among the SEC coaches or the media.

“I was hired to satisfy three groups of people. No. 1 is our people, our fans, the people of Tennessee. I think they are extremely excited. We had the second largest attendance we’ve ever had for a spring game.

“No. 2, our own players. I think some of the things that we’ve done puts it back on your own players. They know you’ve gone out and said some things about what you’re going to do and what you’re going to accomplish. When you’re working out with your players at 5:30 in the morning they come up to you and say ‘Thanks for doing that coach. It makes us want to work that much harder because we’ve got your back.

“No. 3 is recruiting because it’s the lifeblood of the program. I don’t think if you took a conservative approach—whether you thought it was right, wrong, or indifferent—I don’t think there is any way you sign that class and there isn’t any way you sign the No. 1 player in the country. There are some things that have to be done specifically for this particular job.

“As you look at kids today they respond to confidence a lot. Guys that we’ve signed talk about the confidence they feel from the staff. We’re not backing down and kids like that. They like the energy around our program.”

Before his first face-to-face meeting with Meyer since the comments in February, Kiffin was asked if he felt the need to apologize again.

“I really haven’t thought about it. I would expect everybody to understand that we all have a job to do,” said Kiffin. “But I did request that coach Meyer and I would get adjoining rooms (at the hotel).”

He was kidding. At least I think he was.

This is going to be an interesting fall.

 

 

184 comments Add your comment

ehyoutiger

May 27th, 2009
8:22 am

That Kiffin sure does like to hear himself talk.

Anonymous

May 27th, 2009
8:39 am

The high-minded rationalizations of a jerk.

Corrine Brown (D) FL

May 27th, 2009
8:46 am

It is Clear…that Corch Urban Meyers is not gonna take no jive off that Lance Cliftons from tennseee.

Go Gator! 1,2,3,4,5

Old Dawg

May 27th, 2009
9:17 am

Let’s see how much confidence Kiffin instills in his players when the Gators light up the Vols for more than 60 points.

First lesson of coaching: no bulletin board material shall be spoken by coaches or players!

D-MAN

May 27th, 2009
9:23 am

I think ol Kiffin is gonna get the beatdown of a lifetime with Florida and Alabama…I think the players will want to give that to their coaches…anything less would be considered a Tenn victory in Urban and Nick’s mind. Everyone expects Tenn to lose these games so in order to make them meaningful, I think Meyer and Saban will want to crush the Vols. We’ll see!

DawgGirl32

May 27th, 2009
9:24 am

“Do I love everything I had to do to get us to this point? No I don’t but my job is not to love everything that I do,” Kiffin said..

And that’s where he and Mark Richt differ. Mark Richt isn’t going to compromise anything just to make some noise.

Maybe Next Year

May 27th, 2009
9:24 am

Lane Kiffin: All that sound and fury, signifying nothing.

RxDawg

May 27th, 2009
9:27 am

I see some timeouts at the end of a blow out loss in UT’s future.

[...] isn’t exhibition season.”Tony Barnhart of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution expects the relationship between Urban Meyer and Lane Kiffin to remain chilly.Nick Saban isn’t going to join the Twitter crowd.  “I can’t [...]

m

May 27th, 2009
9:39 am

Lane Kiffin fits in well in the sec…he is all talk, just like the rest of the sec…the chan gomer gailey of conferences.

DirtyDawg

May 27th, 2009
9:40 am

DawgGirl…I love CMR and wouldn’t trade him for any of these $3 million – plus a year guys, but I think you’d have to say that our little ‘end-zone’ celebration year-before-last in Jacksonville was something of a compromise in the name of something. Hated to bring it up, but it was just a matter of time before some gaytor chimed in and made light of it…and, of course, the subsequent ‘even-getting’ from last year.

GeoffDawg

May 27th, 2009
9:41 am

Didn’t Kiffin qualify his apology as “if I offended” and didn’t he also fail to apologize personally to Meyer? That doesn’t come across as overly sincere and signifies that he has yet to actually start apologizing for anything.

Whatever

May 27th, 2009
9:42 am

Any writers buying the fact that he had this grand plan and all of the things that have happened were just part of that grand plan are idiots.

How is it a good thing that they’ve had numerous secondary violations, been forced by the league to issue an apology for accusing a rival of cheating and been a part of some less than cordial back and forths with the media, other rival coaches and former recruits? I’ll grant that they work hard and have brought a new energy to that program. What new coach wouldn’t have done that? They have a nice little tradition to offer as well as a lot of opportunity (i.e. open positions) on top of some of the best facilities in the country. Of course they’re going to get some good players. It just doesn’t seem like they’ve gone about their business in the most professional and classy manner as they could have.

Oh yeah…they also don’t have a quarterback to speak of on the roster (or matriculating) and I think anyone who follows college football understands how important a good, experienced QB is to the college game.

GeoffDawg

May 27th, 2009
9:42 am

m – the difference between chan gailey and the SEC is that the SEC wins. It’s quite simple really.

rok dawg

May 27th, 2009
9:43 am

Tony:

Kiffen has every right to run his program by running his mouth. But he (and his fans) will soon become painfully aware of how seriously other coaches and their fans take football in the SEC. This is not the PAC 10.

When Kiffen gets humiliated by 40 in Gainesville, and Meyer stops the clock with 30 seconds left to let the Florida band play Rocky Top, we will find out if Kiffen man enough to take a beating. My guess is he is not prepared for what is coming his way in Gainesville (any many other places) this year.

[...] Barnhardt:No more apologies I hesitate to post yet another article about Lane and his new SEC coaching buddies’ feelings for one another, but Barnhardt really does sum things up nicely… AJC:Kiffin [...]

Miles

May 27th, 2009
9:45 am

Kiffin’s hiring at Rocky Top is to the SEC what Michigan’s hiring of Rodriguez was to the Big Ten…an apparent sinking ship…MAYDAY!

GeoffDawg

May 27th, 2009
9:45 am

BTW – as a follow up from what some other posters have been asking about over the last few weeks – what are the consequences of repeated secondary violations? I’m not saying that other schools don’t commit them as well, but historically, what will the NCAA do to repeat offender programs that seem to commit them with impunity?

Coach hom"O"

May 27th, 2009
9:47 am

It’s alright Lane. When UF and AL both embarrass the UT program on national TV I can still take my clothes off in front of all our young boys in the locker room. Heck, I could even get in the shower with ‘em if you think that would make ‘em feel better. Maybe cuddle with Crompton on the flight back home. Whatever it takes Lane.

Voice of Reason

May 27th, 2009
9:50 am

m- all talk and three straight National Championships. Moron.

Personally I agree with Kiffin’s approach. I wouldn’t want a UGA coach to take that approach but then again I wouldn’t want UGA to ever be in a situation of coming off a 5-7 season with a new coach. If not for his antics, who would be talking about Tenn right now and how many recruits would have given them a second look. Trash-talking is one of the majority of 18 year old boys favorite things to do. It is only reasonable that a trash-talking coach would pull some top recruits.

Lane "Shirt-Rippin" Kiffin

May 27th, 2009
9:51 am

Dang, I just traded in Layla’s Pontiac and all we got was a Burger King Whopper.

johnny reb

May 27th, 2009
9:54 am

My 2 cents: How many wins for the Vols this season? 4 or 5 tops? Kiffin will be gone in 3 years max and maybe only 2 years. The only quality coach on the team is Kiffin’s, dad (nfl not college experience.).

Voice of Reason

May 27th, 2009
9:55 am

oh, and what harm does some secondary violations (slap on the wrist) and having to issue an apology cause. None. He knows that. You can issue apologies all day. I formally apologize. There that was easy. Now lets go talk some more trash. And it has obviously been his plan the whole time. Not like he “accidentally” ran his mouth. He was always very aware of when he was on camera. If you DON’T believe it was a plan, you are an idiot.

Voice of Reason

May 27th, 2009
9:58 am

Yet, with all that said, I do still think UF will wipe the floor with them this year. But you can’t build a team in one season. How many teams do you know of that have been great or even very good with a new HC. Even the mighty Saban lost to UL-Monroe (or somebody like that) his first year.

Tide rising

May 27th, 2009
10:03 am

m,

Let me help you out with some little factoids that I looked up regarding ACC VS SEC play last year. The ACC eked out 3 wins over the SEC last year by 2,3, and 3 pts. They won 2 more by medium scores of 14 and 17 pts and they blew out the SEC one time when Tech beat the worst team in the SEC Miss.St by 31.

The SEC has 5 blowout wins over the ACC by the scores of 23.24, 31,34, and 35 pts. The only close game we won was when Vandy of all people beat ACC runner up BC by 2 pts.

The total point differential was a whopping 113 pts as the SEC outscored the ACC 318-205 in the 12 contests between the 2. A further examination of the bowl season reveals that the SEC went 6-2 while the ACC went 4-5. Oh, we also went 7-2 last year also. We’ve also won the BCS title 3 years in a row and 4 of the last 6.

But you can take solace in the fact that the ACC won its first BCS bowl game in something like 8 or 9 years when VT beat that powerhouse known as Cincinnati. I won’t embarrass you further by bringing up how many BCS bowl games the SEC has won in the last 8 or 9 years. Besides, I’m not sure that you can count that high anyway.

Technite

May 27th, 2009
10:04 am

So all of Kiffy Baby’s ignorant comments and actions are by design and part of a brilliant ‘master plan’. Even the most devout Vol fan wouldn’t buy that sack of dung. What he is saying is that it was all an act and the media was stupid enough to buy it and give him the attention he was looking for. Question is, How long are you guys going to continue to fall for that stunt since that is what he says it is? Interesting that he says he has no conscience when it comes to doing what it takes to recruit or win. Wow, what a guy to lead kids and for sportswriters to flock to.

VanDSIRROM

May 27th, 2009
10:05 am

You don’t spell ut with “c l a s s”…

baconboy

May 27th, 2009
10:07 am

I’m sure Pickett’s men had a lot of confidence in their leader too before they charged across the field at Gettysburg.

As a Gator this guy still reminds me more of Ron Zook than Urban Meyer. He might be a good recruiter, but I have serious doubts about his ability to get the most out of his players.

mrgungho

May 27th, 2009
10:12 am

Wow…I can’t wait for 9.19.09 matchup. It’s gonna be freaking awesome!

RAMBLE ON!!!

May 27th, 2009
10:16 am

OH SLAP!!!

DirtyDawg to DawgGirl32.

Loser Lane

May 27th, 2009
10:22 am

“Hey, Coach O, is the coast clear?? You don’t see that mean old man they call the Ol’ Ball Coach in the hallway, do ya???

Cuz

May 27th, 2009
10:23 am

Thanks Tony for the Daily Kiffin report. Tune in tomorrow. Same Bat time, same Bat channel.

Coach O

May 27th, 2009
10:24 am

“No, I don’t see him…now put your wig and dress on and come on out of your room”…

WTF???

May 27th, 2009
10:27 am

lol!!! Lance Clifton….

Layla Is A Gator!

May 27th, 2009
10:28 am

Will somebody please tell me whats going on down there in those meetings?? Between his sobbing, I couldn’t understand a thing lil Lane was saying late last night other than he just kept repeating… SOS!

WTF???

May 27th, 2009
10:29 am

Tide rising – 1
M – 0

G8R GRAD

May 27th, 2009
10:34 am

What a tool.

Gator Growl

May 27th, 2009
10:35 am

Looks like Urbans taking the high road on this one. Had a real stern look on his face and said he only wanted to talk about the Gators. I haven’t seen that look and tone since before last years Georgia game. This is gonna be brutal!

Anonymous

May 27th, 2009
10:36 am

WTF???:

“m” IS a zero.

CharlotteGator

May 27th, 2009
10:43 am

baconboy – Great comparison. He definitely does ring the Zook bell. Great recruiter and might steal a few wins like Zook (UGA in Jax, FSU in Tally, the Suckeyes in Columbus with Illinois), but you’re spot on in that he might not be able to get the best out of his players.

Overall, I like the responses from Saban, Petrino, and Urban at Destin and even some of Richt’s a few weeks back (about detail not about JAX). SOS is definitely funny, but those other 3 definitely mean business. Meyer talking about this being a livelihood and job and no joke, Petrino just wanting to get in and get out, Saban channeling his inner ‘old-school’ and even Richt’s prior comments about attention to detail, all point to coaches who should have successful seasons. I definitely think Ark and UGA will challenge FL this year and meeting Bama in ATL would obviously be huge.

m

May 27th, 2009
10:44 am

sec..greatest conference in the history of the world…yada yada yada
acc…worst conference in the history of the world…yada yada yada

2009 sec 6 wins…..acc 6 wins…exactly even.

How in the helle did the worst conference in the history of the world beat the unbeatable best conference in the history of the world????

You sec fans are so full of shiite that you couldn’t take another bite.

GeoffDawg

May 27th, 2009
10:48 am

I think Tide Rising’s already pwned you m. Feel free to leave now.

CharlotteGator

May 27th, 2009
10:49 am

So I normally like Richt and this isn’t really the point of today, but I had to ask if anyone else thought this Richt quote from yesterday might be a little disingenuous…I feel like he said a lot more than he is ‘remembering’ here. Not trying to start a flamefest or anything just curious what UGA fans think.

On FL/GA in Jax:
“Here’s the deal — I don’t know the answer to that, and I’m not going answer any questions on that because every time I say something it becomes a much bigger deal than it is,” Richt said at the SEC spring meetings. “All I can tell you is somebody asked me awhile back, do I think it as neutral? I said, ‘I really don’t think it’s neutral, no,’ but everybody wants to make a big stink about, ‘Should we change the game?’ and all that. I don’t care where we play the game, quite frankly.”

Don't You Get It?

May 27th, 2009
10:50 am

Don’t you see? “m” is actually a genius! He makes outrageous and moronic statements for the publicity so he can recruit other bloggers/posters and take over the AJC. After all, ANY publicity is good publicity! Must have gone to the UT school of public relations!

Roswell Ed

May 27th, 2009
10:51 am

This guy makes Lindsey Lohan seem some how well adjusted. What a nut!! See more Ed humor at libertarianhumor.com.

DawgGirl32

May 27th, 2009
10:51 am

Touche DirtyDawg. Can’t argue with you there. I think the difference though is that “celebration gate” wasn’t there to insult or disrespect another team or coach. The celebration was a way for the Georgia players to celebrate a touchdown as a team, not to insult Florida. It’s not like Richt told them to go and do the Gator chomp in the Florida players’ faces or something. Kiffin’s antics have been totally directed at the other teams and coaches. The celebration was definitely not Mark Richt-like, but I don’t know if he thinks he had to compromise his fundamental morals for that to happen. Maybe Kiffin didn’t feel like he compromised anything. I don’t know. My personal opinion is that if you’re doing a job where you have to do things you’re not proud of in order to get ahead, you might want to find another job. I think the interesting discussion this brings about, though, is where to draw the line. What is considered okay to do to hype up your players and what is just downright disrespectful? Obviously, I think there will be plenty of differing opinions there.

Bubbadawg

May 27th, 2009
10:54 am

That’s two reports from you Tony and we still haven’t gotten past Kiffen. Please tell me we won’t have another article about this. Surely there are other items to report on.

RAMBLE ON!!!

May 27th, 2009
10:57 am

UF will beat UT…but not like the 49-10 NO QUARTER beat down they put on UGAg.

Meyer will try, but UT won’t be scared like UGAg was and is of UF. Yes they will be a bit DAZED AND CONFUSED but will still compete into the 4th quarter.

I’m thinking like 42-28.

DR

May 27th, 2009
10:59 am

What will Meyer do when boy wonder Tebow is gone?

Technite

May 27th, 2009
11:00 am

Bubbadawg, Kiffin says he says and does the things he is not proud of by design to get publicity for the UT program. The AJC writers are drinking that koolaid by the gallons. The articles won’t end till the media guys realize they are being played. Don’t hold your breath.

baconboy

May 27th, 2009
11:01 am

Ramble On… you are kidding right? Only two teams scored more than 20 points on Florida all of last year and we have our entire defense coming back — two deep. UT doesn’t have a quarterback. I’m just wondering if UT will even cross the 50 yard line except during the change of quarters.

Kiffinisatosser

May 27th, 2009
11:03 am

Lame is flying by the seat of his pants and using ex post facto justification to make it seem like a master plan. Please don’t insult us. “Kids respond to confidence”. And confidence is not “just” an attitude. Confidence comes from discliplined teamwork. Unfortunately, all of the shirt ripping confidence instilled by Lame and his moron posse will disappear the moment those guys have to fire a shot in combat. What a joke. Let the beat downs begin.

j

May 27th, 2009
11:04 am

Ramble On, to end your comment with the statement “I’m thinking…” is an oxymoron.

Monte Kiffin

May 27th, 2009
11:04 am

Lane, didn’t I warn you about lying to the press? Now clean up your room or else there won’t be any dinner.

Monte Kiffin

May 27th, 2009
11:06 am

Lane, just stop playing with Orgeron’s whoopee cushion…please.

Urban Warfare

May 27th, 2009
11:06 am

RAMBLE ON…I would agree with you if that game was being played at Tenn. But the game is at the Swamp and you’d better get your sound recording instruments ready up there at GT ’cause you’ll probably be able to hear it in Atlanta. Crompton will be cryin’ for his momma by the second quarter. And even Daddy won’t be able to help lil Lane.

baconboy

May 27th, 2009
11:07 am

As for what Meyer will do when Tebow leaves…as I recall Meyer won a national championship with Chris Leak as the starting quarterback.

Kiffinisatosser

May 27th, 2009
11:08 am

Could the Vols go winless in the SEC this year? I think they could.

ReptilesRule

May 27th, 2009
11:09 am

DR…same thing he did when Chris Leak left…

Volz4evr

May 27th, 2009
11:11 am

You guys need to leave Coach Kiffen alone. He ain’t even been in one game yet. He is already a suceess because he has rallyed the fanbase that was really laging. Smokey will shoot your eye out! GO Orange.

baconboy

May 27th, 2009
11:12 am

You know what I would do if I was Meyer? I’d invite every kid that Tennessess is recruiting in the state of Florida to make their official visit at UF on September 19. I’d also invite the mayor of Pahokee.

Volz4evr

May 27th, 2009
11:13 am

Oh and Urban myers is just lucky cause hes got Tebow.

Bamafan

May 27th, 2009
11:14 am

Good football coaches like Mark Richt and Bobby Bowden act like gentlemen and Kiffin acts like a
terrible 2 year old needing his azz whipped. Pete Carroll seems like a great guy in the media and why can’t boy blunder learn from him how to keep his freaking mouth shut!! All the SEC teams are gunning
for the vols this fall and I can not wait till the gators beat the holy stuffing out of the vols and the crimson tide will also!! YOU DON’T HAVE TO ACT LIKE A FREAKING JERK TO RECRUIT GREAT BALL PLAYERS!! ROLL TIDE!!

UGA'er

May 27th, 2009
11:14 am

Folks, I really wouldn’t be too concerned about what Kiffin says.He can say whatever he wants. Also, though…for the poster that said the Vols will only win 3 games or so. The way I see it is tthey should only lose 3 games or so.Think about it.Look at their schedule. I see Fla, Bama, and UGA beating them, after that I see them having at least an equal chance in the other just on talent alone.

Kiffinisatosser

May 27th, 2009
11:17 am

Bamafan, does your team’s history really suggest that your assertion about not needing to be a jerk to recruit is correct? Exactly

VOL FAN

May 27th, 2009
11:19 am

Does the AJC not have anything better to report than what Coach Kiffin does or does not do??? Get a life. Who cares what he says or does as long as he does the job he was hired to do. I would be willing to be that most of the coaches in the SEC have all done this before.

Gator Growl

May 27th, 2009
11:21 am

DawgGirl32 said it best…”if you’re doing a job where you have to do things you’re not proud of in order to get ahead [paraphrase: or saying thats what you're doing], you might want to find another job.”

AlwaysAVol

May 27th, 2009
11:22 am

Quick, no cheating. Who’s the coach for Mississippi State? Vanderbilt? Kentucky? Tennessee? Who has the shortest tenure? Who had the best recruiting class even considering the short time frame? Mission accomplished (to this point). But, show me in September.

TS

May 27th, 2009
11:24 am

I haven’t been to a game in Gainesville in three years (I’m usually at all our away games since they’re closer) but I will be in the Swamp that Saturday. Blitz Brandon Spikes the whole game!! I’m picturing one of the Spurrier-era 60+ point differentials.

Huh?

May 27th, 2009
11:24 am

This guy is a total idiot. He has no idea what the hell he is doing. The first step to solving that problem is admitting that you have no idea what the hell you are doing. This arrogant clown thinks he has all the answers. He’s been on the job what 5, 6 months? He’s already unlocked the secrets of successful recruiting in Tennessee. That is record time!!! And look at what all he’s done to get Tennessee “to this point?” Uh, what point Lane. Its freaking May dude. You haven’t even coached a damn game yet. What POINT are you talking about you clueless goob?

Its going to be fun to watch this guy fail. He’s asked for it.

Homey Schooled??

May 27th, 2009
11:29 am

Volz4evr…you must be a graduate of UT’s Advanced School for Grammar.

Kiffin = SEC Bait

May 27th, 2009
11:29 am

I have a question maybe someone could help me out with.

-Tennessee had a respectable program, why would they go out and hire a guy who is 5-15, and just got canned by “Old Al?”

I think Kiffin is turning on the old blue light special (in his case Orange). It is the Buy 1 Get 1 special. In his case he has bought two( He is gotten the Gators and Tide riled up). He is going to get a real beating by the Gators, Tide, SC GC and the Dawgs this season. I wonder if Kiffin’s term is just a filler between Fulmer who was well regarded and the future?

Nachos

May 27th, 2009
11:30 am

Florida and Alabama will destroy Kiffin’s mighty Vols.. but Lame Kitten will pull an upset and beat the 2008 #1 pre-season ranked Bullpuppies.

Coach "O"

May 27th, 2009
11:33 am

ARRRRRRGHHHHHHHHH get me another P B R baby kitten. and send layla over here too. coach “O” needs another lower body rubdown. ARRRGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHH

Bill

May 27th, 2009
11:35 am

Tony-
I really disappointed. You wrote the P/R deal for Kiffin and you totally left out the real story…Spurrier getting in the face of Kiffin (almost made Lane cry). The stuff you wrote about was planned P/R nothing else I expected more from you.
Bill

Anonymous

May 27th, 2009
11:36 am

DawgGirl32:
“I think the difference though is that “celebration gate” wasn’t there to insult or disrespect another team or coach. The celebration was a way for the Georgia players to celebrate a touchdown as a team, not to insult Florida.”

HUH? ! ! !
Dancing in the Gator’s faces isn’t demeaning or insulting?
Then why did the Dawgs get penalized for it? ! ! !

AtlantaVol

May 27th, 2009
11:39 am

Wow, I am very impressed at how Kiffin has fired up not only the Tennessee faithful but the entire SEC as well. How else would a Dawg fan be fired up about the defending national champion Gators taking on a team that finished 5-7 last year? It’s really interesting to see that many fans attacking a coach that hasn’t coached a game yet.

PaulC

May 27th, 2009
11:40 am

Florida didn’t need any bulletin board material to hang 59 on the Vols in 2007, so why anybody thinks the beating will be worse this year due to things Kiffin has said is beyond me. Gator fans take an important factor out of the equation, that being Kiffin’s players might have a little more motivation themselves. Here are the inarguable facts when you get past all the whining and BS from other college football coaches and fans: (1) Coach Kiffin’s antics produced a top ten recruiting class (and a great start to the 2010 class), (2) The Tennessee fanbase is much more motivated, (3) Kiffin cleaned house of unneeded players who can’t hack it, and (4) the players have bought into what this staff is doing more than they ever did under Fulmer. So, remind me again what it is that Vol fans should be worried about? Maybe its the NFL calibre staff he’s assembled. Should we be worried about Kiffin/Orgeron/Gran and all the talent they’re bringing in? Should we be worried that Kiffin has managed to overshadow both Meyer (who just won a NT) and Nick Saban? Keep talking, because with all the hype and attention you put on a game against a team that went 5-7 last year you’re raising the bar on what counts as an acceptable point spread in the game. The more you Gator fans bother to worry about UT, the more you raise our profile in the media, and with recruits. Better bring your A game.

Spur Dog

May 27th, 2009
11:43 am

You’re right Bill, I really took lil Lane to school yesterday after the meetings outside the elevators and not a word about here at the AJC. Chris Low on ESPN/SEC has a nice article on it though. Maybe someone here can provide a link.

judy watson

May 27th, 2009
11:48 am

i suspect spurrier had a tougher recruiting problem when he joined south carolina, but he didn’t resort to those tactics and cheap shots

Georgia Gator

May 27th, 2009
11:49 am

Hey PaulC,

Who’s worrying?

Gridiron Gator

May 27th, 2009
11:50 am

Hey PaulC…No, we’re gonna bring our A+ game if you don’t mind. Better bring your ear plugs, jock straps, and plenty of pain medication. And plenty of good ol Jack Daniels for after the game.

Urban Liar

May 27th, 2009
11:51 am

Can you believe that upstart greenie coach is getting more press than me or Ego Steeveo? Would I lie?

whitx2

May 27th, 2009
11:53 am

Lane doesn’t need to instill confidence in his players, he just needs to find a FG kicker that can kick 76 yard FGs. That way he want be shut out when he plays UF.

http://www.volnation.com/forum/tennessee-vols-football/72196-barnhardt-no-more-apologies.html

May 27th, 2009
11:55 am

Hop on the Lane Train or get run over baby.

Signed,

Al Davis

Satan Sabin

May 27th, 2009
11:56 am

It seems to me that Kiffin should look up to someone who is an ethical giant in his own mind—-like me! Have I ever lied to anyone? Well, for you who would question me, only a few dozen times.

Signed,
Legend in my own mind.

TX DAWG

May 27th, 2009
12:02 pm

The great coaches of the past (Bear Bryant, Tom Osburn, Joe Paterno) and today (Urban Meyer, Nick Saban, Pete Carroll) generated publicity by winning games and not by running their mouths. It must be difficult to be at a school where you can’t get good players by winning games and selling your school, and where you have to make an a$$ out of yourself to recruit kids. It must be great to be a Vol.

Brooks

May 27th, 2009
12:03 pm

All the Tennessee fans have on orange colored glasses. Kiffin is a loud mouthed, daddy got me my job, riding the USC coattails, in over his head coach. The first thing that made me know the guy is an idiot is when he let go Tajh Boyd and said he wasn’t the QB for his system. Jonathan Crompton is though. Yeah okay. I don’t care if you have Walter Payton in the backfield, if you can’t throw the ball then you are in trouble. The O-line for Tenn is looking thin and last time I checked Crompton was awful with a veteran O-line. The Big Orange lost to Wyoming in Knoxville last year and put 7 points on the board with a veteran line. You don’t bring in “big-time” coaches and an above average recruiting class and next thing you know you are going to beat Florida in Gainesville and Kiffin stated. Eric Berry only plays one spot. Rabid fan bases don’t win football games. Kiffin is a big time gamble on and off the field.

Georgia Gator

May 27th, 2009
12:06 pm

whitx2,

Now THAT’S funny.
I don’t care who ya are.

UT>UGA

May 27th, 2009
12:07 pm

AJC covers UT more than UGA. Gotta love it… lol

king gator

May 27th, 2009
12:13 pm

Didn’t they lose to Wyoming at home last year? Why do we keep talking about the Vols – they suck!

PaulC

May 27th, 2009
12:13 pm

Brooks,

You don’t put together a staff like Kiffin did if you’re in over your head. Tahj Boyd is injured and won’t play this year anyway. As bad as he is, I’ll take a healthy Crompton over a gimpy Boyd. Nobody said we expect to win immediately and most Vol fans are ready to give Kiffin until 2011 to produce a winner. In the meantime, he’s busy raising our profile and attracting the best talent in the nation. As far as Kiffin being a gamble, I think the bigger gamble was keeping Phil Fulmer.

whitx2

May 27th, 2009
12:16 pm

PaulC

UF could bring their scout team and beat UTHUG.

VanDSIRROM

That’s true. To mention class and UT in the same sentence is just wrong.

SecIsFootball

May 27th, 2009
12:17 pm

UT>UGA…..I can only imaging what the articles will look like in the AJC when UGA take UT behind the woodshed this year.

GeoffDawg

May 27th, 2009
12:19 pm

Anonymous – Georgia was penalized for excessive celebration which was expected and justified. However, it is possible to celebrate as a team without rubbing the other team’s nose in it or to put it into terms you might understand – what Urban Meyer loves to do regularly. They also drew a penalty when one player was seen dancing which could be construed as poor sportsmanship. However, one player dancing from the whole team on the field isn’t too bad and doesn’t exactly give the impression that CMR was intentionally trying to rub anything in or do anything other than motivate his own team. You sir, are a buffoon if you can’t see what a class act and decent person Mark Richt is. He may or may not be the top coach in the SEC but one thing he is not is a loud mouth, obnoxious jerk.

Round 1

May 27th, 2009
12:20 pm

Gen Neyland

May 27th, 2009
12:20 pm

Another day, another CLK topic. Y’all will get your opportunity to watch the Boggle in the Bog on CBS. Me, I’ll probably be back out in the yard by half-time…

PTC DAWG

May 27th, 2009
12:23 pm

I think Kiffin has accomplished his goal. He has everyone talking about UT. Like the old saying goes, any Pub is better than no Pub.

Their next few years should be interesting…

Mark S.

May 27th, 2009
12:23 pm

Gosh that guy is a moron. I give him 2 years, TOPS.

TS

May 27th, 2009
12:25 pm

Gee-offDawg,

I understood this real well last year– TIMEOUT! Meyer wasn’t rubbing your nose in it, he was just trying to get a couple more plays in for the third string.

baconboy

May 27th, 2009
12:30 pm

I think UT fans may want to make a distinction between a good recruiting staff and a good coaching staff. Kiffin did a good job of hiring a bunch of guys that can recruit, but you still have to develop the players and make them better. His dad may have been successful in the NFL, but that doesn’t necessarily translate into college success (see Charlie Weis). Again, Ron Zook is the perfect example — great recruiter, but not so good at getting the best out of his players. And given what Houston Nutt did at Ole Miss last year I think Orgeron may fit into that category too.

Right now the kids may buy into what Kiffin is doing, but now is the easy time. What will they do when they’ve gotten their butt kicked? Meyer didn’t have buy in problems until they started losing games (the tipping point being the 2005 loss to USCe).

Just because the assistants are the highest paid doesn’t mean the verdict isn’t still out on their quality.

Frozen_Gator

May 27th, 2009
12:30 pm

Well and good, Kiffin has gotton a little publicity out of this. When the beatings start coming in the fall the false bravado won’t be so cool and the same questions will asked over and over again by the media. WHAT WAS A SMALL POSITIVE MAY TURN INTO A LARGE NEGATIVE.

Carroll

May 27th, 2009
12:36 pm

Kiffin will still be coaching at Tenn when urbby and timmy get married and move to San Francisco and nicky a regular on WWF.

whitx2

May 27th, 2009
12:38 pm

Well, i am out of here guys, got to go to al.com to see what the aubs are talking about today. Probably the sos, bama getting the death penalty and giving away cars in Gadsden. Ya’ll have a nice day and be safe. Later…Whit.

Anonymous

May 27th, 2009
12:38 pm

GeoffDawg,

“He may or may not be the top coach in the SEC but one thing he is not is a loud mouth, obnoxious jerk.”

Implying what, that Coach Meyer is?

GeoffDawg

May 27th, 2009
12:41 pm

What does TS stand for anyway? Transexual?

Anonymous – yes, Coach Meyer is a great coach but he’s also a jerk. That’s just the way it is.

Spike

May 27th, 2009
12:42 pm

I need two tickets to the UF-UT game. Got any?

Anonymous

May 27th, 2009
12:43 pm

When, exactly, has Coach Meyer been loud OR obnoxious?

Two late timeouts in last year’s GA/FL game were well within the rules (read that: perfectly LEGAL).
Dancing in the end zone wasn’t.
Who then better fits the description of “obnoxious” in that scenario?

Brit's Knee

May 27th, 2009
12:44 pm

Seems like the same reasoning would apply to B. Spears when she showed her hoo-hah to the world. Do something outrageous to get talked about — brilliant!

Speaking of brilliant: “This is going to be an interesting fall.” — T. Barnyard

Anonymous

May 27th, 2009
12:45 pm

Apparently nothing irritates a Dawg fan more than a smug Gator.

PaulC

May 27th, 2009
12:47 pm

Bacon,

Fulmer could recruit but couldn’t develop players, that’s why he’s gone. You’re correct though, it is too early to tell if Kiffin will turn out to be a good coach, and a good recruiter doesn’t always equal a good coach. I would simply say that we’ve got lots of proven coaching commodities on staff who have earned their way into the NFL. You can’t argue with that type of success. My point in responding to Gator fans, is there’s nothing to indicate that we’ve made the wrong hire. Not. A. Thing.

UT>UGA

May 27th, 2009
12:49 pm

It’s not like UGA EVER rises to the level of their own hype. Moreno was supposed to be the second coming of Hershel Walker until Eric Berry kicked his teeth in. At least UGA is consistent; they’ve got permanent 50 yard line seats to _watch_ the SEC Champ game each year.

GeoffDawg

May 27th, 2009
12:51 pm

lol anonymous, sensitive much? – think outside your little box for a second and try to realize that being obnoxious and doing everything legally are not mutually exclusive. You think Spurrier wasn’t being an obnoxious jerk in the 90’s?

Doc 54

May 27th, 2009
12:52 pm

I am not a UGA fan, but I agree with the posts regarding the character of Mark Richt. The end zone celebration was supposed to involve the players on the field, but got out of hand. Such things happen when you are dealing with 18-20 year olds, and I believe CMR has learned his lesson. Lane Kiffin has yet to prove he is capable of learning from his mistakes. The good news for Vol fans is there is still time for him to learn: if he is willing to do so. The bad news is the fact this lesson may come at the price of his team being destroyed on the field several times this coming season.

TS

May 27th, 2009
12:54 pm

Abbreviation for “Tater Salad”

I still think Kiffin will last longer at UT then Stafford will at the Lions. Which was the worse pick-up?

GeoffDawg

May 27th, 2009
12:58 pm

If nothing else, they’re both now millionaires and probably don’t give a rat’s rear end for what their detractors think.

wxwax

May 27th, 2009
1:07 pm

Funny how y’all are focused on TN getting beat downs from FL and AL this season.

Big deal.

Check back in year two and year three of the program. Then we can talk about it.

Someone said Spurrier had a bigger recruiting problem at South Carolina and never made the noise that Kiffin has. Yeah? And how’s that worked out for Spurrier? Kiffin would never get the time that Spurrier’s been granted.

I like how Kiffin’s stirring things up. I like the energy and upbeat attitude in his program. He’s fun, unlike the mirthless Saban and Meyer and Miles and Petrino.

And the more SEC fans whine, the more I like him! :-)

Brooks

May 27th, 2009
1:17 pm

Paul C, Do you remember any other D1 coaches having to use the method and foolishness that Kiffin has to “promote” their program? Do you think he is “raising Tennessee’s profile” or making himself and the university look bad? If you weren’t a Tennessee fan would you think that Kiffin is a full of himself unproven coach who likes to hear himself speak like everybody else?

baconboy

May 27th, 2009
1:18 pm

Mirthless?? Meyer doesn’t look too mirthless in this picture: http://www.tampabay.com/multimedia/archive/00052/C2S_uffrontB010909_52139d.jpeg

athensdawg

May 27th, 2009
1:32 pm

kiffy is doing what he has to in order to bring the kids to town and excite the fan base.

now, the question is…..can he close the deal?
Stay tuned, folks……

Soulja Boy

May 27th, 2009
1:33 pm

If Kiffin wins a game, expect him to send his whole team on the field to dance in the end zone.

PaulC

May 27th, 2009
1:44 pm

Brooks,

It doesn’t matter whether Kiffin is following in the footsteps of another coach in building his program. What matters are results, and the calendar dictates we won’t be seeing any results until the Fall. And given what Kiffin inherited, we won’t be seeing true results until 2011 when he’s had time to string together three successful recruiting classes. To answer your question, yes, if I were a fan of another school I’d hate Kiffin too. That’s exactly how he wants things to be.

Impeach Obama

May 27th, 2009
1:48 pm

Georgia Football: We talk a big game ,we just cant win one.

tennezz

May 27th, 2009
1:49 pm

Kiffin is here to stay and coming to a town near you, Get over it cry babies! We know florida and alabama are going to beat us this year no matter who the coach is, But it`s going to get a lot tougher after this year!!!

[...] Not to be outdone, Tony Barnhart weighed in on the topic, too. Barnhart’s take: Kiffin isn’t apologizing anymore for the things he has done since [...]

Huh?

May 27th, 2009
1:59 pm

Tennessee Football: We talk a big game, but only went 5-7 and lost to freaking Wyoming. Please put us out of our misery.

UrbanMyth

May 27th, 2009
2:02 pm

What are all you gaytors going to do if Ol’ Lane some how pulls the upset in his first season?

Huh?

May 27th, 2009
2:05 pm

“It’s not like UGA EVER rises to the level of their own hype. Moreno was supposed to be the second coming of Hershel Walker until Eric Berry kicked his teeth in.”

Nay, Eric Berry played a clean game. It was some defensive lineman of yours that was taking body shots at him on the ground. CBS had a camera right on it and made sure that every viewer across the nation saw what a class act you hillbillies have got going up there. You stay classy hillbillies.

Got 12?

May 27th, 2009
2:11 pm

I am a fan of another SEC team, and I’m happy Kiffin is a coach in our league. I welcome CLK just as I welcome Chizik at Auburn.

Besides Saban, three other SEC coaches have won national championships (as head coaches). As much as anyone else, I like to brag about how tough the SEC is but we also need some deadweight to balance things out.

[...] the flip side, Tony Barnhart is sort of giving Kiffin the benefit of the doubt for [...]

tennezz the loser

May 27th, 2009
3:00 pm

tennezz

“We know florida and alabama are going to beat us this year”

What a loser, conceding defeat already.

alsim

May 27th, 2009
3:16 pm

There may be some real rivalries in the SEC. Some may even use the word “hate”. But the SEC is rooted on gentlemanly behavior. Kiffin is a thug, an enciter and bad for football.

Imagine what he is telling these impressionable kids behind closed doors. I wouldn’t be surprised if they are the most penalized team this season.

gatorman770

May 27th, 2009
3:28 pm

After Tebow is gone John Brantley is going to lightup the score board with touchdown passes!

PaulC

May 27th, 2009
3:29 pm

alsim,

Yea, inciting your opponent just has no place in college football! Boy, imagine what kind of words Kiffin uses in a locker room to fire up his players! He might say heck, darn, rats, fiddlesticks! What are you, a nun? Get over yourself! BTW, nobody’s heard a peep out of the Vols this off season, which reflects the type of discipline Kiffin is stressing. No arrests, no suspensions, no cheating or other off-the-field stuff like you see going on at other programs. Sorry, nice try but no sale.

ReptilesRule!

May 27th, 2009
3:34 pm

PaulC…You know, even though we were rivals, even with some of the classic 90″s battles, I still had respect for the Tennessee Football program. To me, it seems Kiffin has taken a proud program and made it a mockery with the philosophy of whatever the means, the ends are justified. It would seem to me, that like Florida, Tennessee would ALWAYS feel it had more than enough to sell without resorting to moronic and unprofessional behavior. I sincerely hope and I pray that the University of Florida NEVER gets to the point that it feels that it has to stoop to those levels in order to bring recruits and publicity!

valley vol

May 27th, 2009
3:38 pm

Hey, SEC there’s a new sheriff in K’town. Get your licks in before Kiffin the field house with his own recruits. Any of you blow hards wanna bet the over and under on fla,ga,ala or sc?

valley vol

May 27th, 2009
3:43 pm

Ment to say stocks the field house!!

Got 12?

May 27th, 2009
3:51 pm

Kiffin seems to be a lot tougher when talking to the media than in the presence of his fellow SEC coaches:

http://myespn.go.com/blogs/sec/0-6-237/Spurrier-confronts-Kiffin-at-SEC-meetings.html

This confrontation happened in front of the media. It will be even funnier when the video is leaked.

Got 12?

May 27th, 2009
3:59 pm

I’m listening to Finebaum right now. A sports talk radio station in Columbia, 107.5, has audio of the Spurrier-Kiffin confrontation. You hear Spurrier talking and the media folks laughing . Kiffin was completely silent.

Is that what Kiffin is about? Is that what UT’s football program is now about–talking tough then cowering like a stray?

PaulC

May 27th, 2009
4:03 pm

Reptiles,

The only respect Tennessee fans/players/coaches are after is the type of respect that is earned by kicking the crap out of their opponents. Like I said earlier, we won’t realize that respect until later down the road, and until then, we’ll take our shots. But I believe Kiffin is laying the foundation. He’ll either win or he won’t and if he does then none of this petty BS stuff will matter a hill of beans. And BTW, it’s not as though Kiffin’s entire approach to recruiting is smart aleck remarks. He’s selling the University, facilities, and the chance to make it in the NFL. This other stuff is just window dressing.

Dave

May 27th, 2009
4:07 pm

Reptiles, as a proud Gator I couldn’t have said it better. Can you imagine Coach Meyer or Coach Strong ripping off their shirts or saying some of those things to get recruits to come to THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA!!! The day that happens is the day Meyer WILL go to Notre Dame…via Federal Express! Tennessee fans seem to think that Kiffin has been vindicated by his recruiting class, primarily by getting Bryce Brown. But we know that until you strap it up and win big games, all of those stars and recruiting ratings mean zip, zero. It’s nice to have the top rated class and gives fans temporary bragging rights, but I have yet to see a trophy passed out or rings sized on National Signing Day. Speaking of the 90’s, do you remember when Georgia seemed to get all the players but we would win all the games?? Myself, I’ll take the games. Remember that super duper recruit named Brock Berlin?? We were already calling our offensive line the “Berlin Wall”! How many games much less championships did he win for us?? Or for that matter, for Miami where he transferred?! YOU HAVE TO DO IT ON THE FIELD!!!

LMAO!

May 27th, 2009
4:08 pm

“He’s selling the University”

Georgia Gator

May 27th, 2009
4:13 pm

The only thing Lame Kitten is “selling” is the same thing you shovel out of the back of a truck for fertilizer.

PaulC

May 27th, 2009
4:22 pm

Ah, good one Georgia Gator. Now everything is in perspective. I take back everything I just said. Kiffin should be fired tomorrow.

Complain all you want about Kiffin, he likes to be hated.

Georgia Gator

May 27th, 2009
4:46 pm

Is it that, “he likes to be hated,” or is it an utter lack of good taste and class.

Gen Neyland

May 27th, 2009
4:47 pm

Lane Kiffin is not making Lane Kiffin. It’s the people that jeer, mock, shoot smack and envoke his name in wild crazed frenzies, one after another, that’s the making of Lane Kiffin…That’s the weird twist of a mob mentality. He just very well succeed, if not sooner (THEN later) off the words and ridicule of others. What a hoot…

dogfan

May 27th, 2009
4:59 pm

Ole Lane’s strategy for getting himself and UTenn noticed maybe working fine. But the results must come on the field. And with Tenn fans the results better be good and come damn fast. The problem now is that if (probably when) UTenn gets their butts kicked on the field he’ll get the wrong kind of publicity. And the potential recruits will take notice then too.

Jack G.

May 27th, 2009
5:14 pm

As I have said before, all this Kiffin bashing is much ado about nothing.
I also think he is going to have a lot of you eating your words about what other teams are going to do to Tenn. this fall.
Tenn had alot of good football players last year, but the coaching left a lot to bae desired. If for nothing else it lacked fire. Kiffin seems to have brought a lot of both back to the Vols.
IF they can develope a QB they will really be tough. They may have some initial problems scoreing points, but papa Kiffin is one hell of a defensive coach, and no one is going to run up a big score on his defense.
Before you start yelling, I am not a big Vol fan. Just not being influnced by all this hype.

dawgdays

May 27th, 2009
5:51 pm

All of the above trash talk aside, Kiffin has in a few days put together arguably the best coaching staff in college football–attracted a top recruiting class with the #1 rated player in the country– is making players go to class–gets them up at dawn to work out in a vigorous conditioning program–has kicked the unwilling off the team to make room for more top recruits–got the home fans excited. Those are great accomplishments so far. Whether or not this translates to wins remains to be seen, but it can’t hurt. Kiffin has been dealt a hand with no QB, although it would not be surprising if the staff can coach one up to be serviceable. The defense will be pretty good as far as I can tell.

My concern is that Kiffin has left schollies open for a huge group of top recruits next year. If he and the resident NFL staff does half as well recruiting next year as this year, he might fill the roster with top players.

I want to be realistic, but I see trouble on the way for us.Two 2 years ago they hung 51 points on our dawgs when Fulmer was coach. That hurt the next day when I had to face them at work. We don’t need to motivate them any more with our trash talk. Everyone seems to be against them now and there is no greater motivator than “me against the world”.

Pitbill

May 27th, 2009
5:55 pm

Ever since Lame Kiffen was hired, he has been writing checks his team will not be able to cash. There will be 8 SEC teams waiting to beat UT down just to put Lame in his place.

And don’t think the Vol players arn’t going to hear it on the field from the other teams’ players. I expect Lame’s players to begin resenting him for putting them in that position. More will be leaving after this coming season.

Lame is in a no win situation as is UT and he will be gone with an embarrassing losing record in 3 years.

Tide rising

May 27th, 2009
6:16 pm

Initially the things Kiffin was saying and the attention he was bringing to UT was good and the old adage that “any pub is better than no pub” did apply. But things have kinda changed a little bit. You can only show your azz so many times before the bad pub starts to wear on your program.

Currently it seems that no pub would be better than any pub because the only image being propagated now is the sheer buffoonery of Lane Kiffin. He is now the Dan Quayle or Joe Biden of college football in that every time he opens his mouth he looks moronic, juvenile, and his immaturity is on display for everyone to see. You can continue saying any pub is better than no pub but in Kiffin’s case this simply doesn’t apply anymore.

He is now a laughingstock in the national media. A clown or court jester if you will. And if anyone thinks a clown, buffoon, court jester, etc. is at least some publicity that is good for a university then ask yourselves if you would want an azzclown representing your school, business, professional organization, etc.

I know UT fans want to put a good spin on things and try to put a positive face on all of Kiffin’s shenanigans but it comes down to this. No one wants that kind of constant ridicule and outright embarrassment that the man has brought to UT.

Gator Nation

May 27th, 2009
6:29 pm

I keep hearing about this great coaching staff that Kiffin has assembled but exactly how does that break down? You have Lane, who has never been a successful head coach and was a disaster in the NFL. That coach from Ole Miss?? Well I’m sure that Houston Nutt would have a few words to say but successful wouldn’t exactly be one of them. That recruiting coach that came from Bama?? I didn’t exactly see Bama’s recruiting take a hit this year and seems they are off to another good start this year. Monte IS a very good coach and proven…but in the pro’s. How long since he coached in college?? And if his Tampa 2 doesn’t translate to the college game, Tennessee could be WORSE off on defense. Let’s not forget that defense was NOT their problem last year. I expect the Vols could be marginally better than last year, if for no other reason than just a different attitude. But unless the O line and QB are much better than what many of their OWN fans believe…it’s gonna be at least a couple more blue years in Big Orange country.

smokeybredthebulldog

May 27th, 2009
7:08 pm

You bunch of chumps!!! “Kiffin the Great” is in every head in the SEC! He will have the Vols,just as they had USC dominating everyone! Heck even fat Phil dominated Georgia’s underachieving behinds!!! LMFAO at you turd fans on a Georgia site talking about the Vols,just what Kiff wanted!!!!! See you slimey lizards in Sept!

Me

May 27th, 2009
7:48 pm

Hey, the I bred smokey guy, when you talk about dominating like USC, you’re mean like South Carolina, right?

TT

May 27th, 2009
7:51 pm

I don’t understand why we let Kiffin get to us like this, I see Tennessee fans all over the place and every time they talk about Kiffin they start laughing how mad everybody is getting, we look like a bunch of fools.

loser Lane

May 27th, 2009
7:52 pm

Thank God those meetings are over!! I couldn’t take one more day in a dress and panty hose. I was so happy to let Coach O take them off my hands!

The hill

May 27th, 2009
7:53 pm

Even the most optimistic Tennessee fan knows it will take at least two years to get the program back to where it belongs.

Coach O

May 27th, 2009
7:55 pm

Hey Lane, Might be a few days getting back to Knoxvile. Think I’m gonna hang at the hotel for a couple of extra days. Thursday and Fridays are ladies night!

TT

May 27th, 2009
7:57 pm

All the articles I see, the idoits on radio, etc all they are talking about is Kiffin, it’s just making him bigger than life. To young kids coming out of college it makes a big deal to hear this stuff, we are hurting ourselves in the recruiting war!

Lord of The Lizards

May 27th, 2009
7:59 pm

And September it will be!

PaulC

May 27th, 2009
8:03 pm

Tide rising, the idea that Lane Kiffin is a laughingstock in the national media is just flat out stupid. The PTI guys on ESPN love him and the article we’re all responding to is a pretty good write up. Equally laughable is Pitbull’s statement that Tennessee’s players resent Kiffin’s statements and believe they’re being put in a bad position. You’ve obviously never played football for a coach you’d run through a wall for. And I have to laugh at Gator Nation who is trying to poke holes in the theory that UT has a great coaching staff. Sorry, that dog won’t hunt. You guys kill me. LMGDMFAO!!!!!

Me

May 27th, 2009
8:03 pm

Not to worry! In order for Kiffin to get “bigger than life” someone would have to inject another 4000lbs of hot air in him!

Me

May 27th, 2009
8:15 pm

Oh and PaulC, I can see you have been posting stupid statements all day so you have about as much credibility of Kiffy the Clown…and great coaching staffs actually have a resume with championships and rings and stuff that says #1…not a bunch of meaningless bluster, a 5-15 record in Pro ball or a 10 win record over 3 years at Ole Miss with only loss of scholarships to show for it, or some dinosaur who hasn’t coached college ball in a 100 years. If you think that constitutes a great coaching staff then you need to get off that orange Kool-Aid.

shane#1

May 27th, 2009
8:20 pm

I don’t give a rat’s rear about Kiffin, I just heard about a new job in the State of Maine. The Maine DNR is looking for people that can howl like wolves. You heard it first from me, people! Gen, Cuz, Atanta Garor, and all you regulars, I am outta here! I don’t know how much competition there is for the job, but then again, how many people are dumb enough to sit in the woods at night and call a pack of wolves down on themselves? Hello Maine, here I am! If you let me take my Combat Commander with me I can show you a dam wolf. Later guys, I will be dining on lobster snd clam choudah in no time!

Me

May 27th, 2009
8:31 pm

Hey shane#1 Nice to know Kiffy has something to fall back on if this coaching thing doesn’t work out!!! ROTFLMAO!!!

PaulC

May 27th, 2009
8:49 pm

It must be idiot troll day on ajc.com. Now that Me has informed us that you have to have a ring as a head coach to be considered a great coach, I guess that leaves out Mark Richt, Les Miles, Tommy Tuberville, and Nick Saban, none of whom had rings when they started as HC. LOL! Richt had a ring but that was as an OC. But wait!! Kiffin has a ring as well! He was OC at USC! And now he’s describing Monte Kiffin who’s only the best DC in the NFL as a “dinasour” as if age is a disqualifier for coaching success. I’ll take our dinasour over anything you got.

So many idiots, so little time…

Percy Harvin

May 27th, 2009
8:50 pm

I have the munchies.

Mark

May 27th, 2009
9:18 pm

all the credit on this blog to Urban Meyer is making me sick!! Things have gone his way and he has Tebow. It’ll be interesting to see how that a$$ acts when he is not on top!!!

Gen Neyland

May 27th, 2009
9:24 pm

shane #1 : Don’t forget to carry your rations of my Tennessee Creekwater Sippin’ Solvent. It’ll really help you with those long nights calling wolves. Guaranteed…

Gen Neyland

May 27th, 2009
9:30 pm

…and to those so sure UT will fall flatter than a pancake, gimme the winnin’ Mega numbers..PLEASE.

Me

May 27th, 2009
10:29 pm

I do believe that Les Miles AND Nick Saban have NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP rings as HEAD COACHES. So once again PaulC, you stand corrected. Mark Richt to his credit does have SEC rings AS A HC. So again, my feeble fan, I have corrected you. It’s the first of a series of corrections that you shall recieve as Boy Blabber and Middle Ages Monte will taste defeat after defeat until they are…extinct!

Me

May 27th, 2009
10:31 pm

By the way, PaulC, are you an “m” somehow related?? Just curious…

obomaisaclown

May 27th, 2009
11:53 pm

When do we get the alabama loi story, How many sholly lost? Come on Tony how long will you sit on this story ?

ADallasVolfromMemphis

May 28th, 2009
12:41 am

All wrongs will be made right. Oscar Meyer has one more year of glory……Then Tebow is gone…..Yes, Lane needs to chill a little….But he has the nation’s attention….Cool. We will be better…..And when we are……..It will be unprecedented…….Can’t wait….

DirtyDawg

May 28th, 2009
2:38 am

In another post on another day, I compared Lane Kiffen’s strategy to get publicity at all costs, with a scene and character from a old Clark Gable movie called ‘The Hucksters’. In that movie, Sidney Greenstreet, to demonstrate his concept of advertising, spit a huge lugie right in the middle of a conference room table then commented, ‘Disgusting yes, but you’ll never forget it’. The more I read Mr. Kiffen’s rationalizations for what he has been doing since coming to UT, the more it sounds like he’d spit in the middle of a recruit’s dining room table if he thought they’d remember him.

He’s a loud-mouthed bully that has, for some reason (certainly not from his coaching accomplishments) thinks he can swagger and big-talk himself into success in the SEC – wanna bet your mortgage on it?

Pi$$onaDAWG

May 28th, 2009
6:08 am

Ole Dawg the gators have been doing that Hanging 60 on the dawgs for years now and you still like CMR.

[...] Tony Barnhart of the AJC says don’t expect more apologies from Kiffin. [...]

KJ

May 28th, 2009
8:47 am

Young Lane’s reminds me of one former SEC head coach….

Gerry Dinardo..

[...] Tony Barnhart of the AJC says don’t expect more apologies from Kiffin. [...]

DawginLex

May 28th, 2009
2:32 pm

PI$$onaDawg,

Why don’t you go back and look at the past ga florida scores before making stupid comments.

If (admittedly a big if) , UGA wins this year, the last 6 games will be split 3-3. No one has scored 60 points routinely EVER much less since Richt arrives. 2008 was an aberration, not a trend.

You are way too stupid to realize what you are typing, so why bother………………………

F***Florida

May 28th, 2009
6:45 pm

Oh you mighty Gators. Blah blah blah is all that comes out of your mouths. Oh where is my apology? Why is he talking smack when he hasn’t coached a single college game? I love it. Sound like a bunch of cry babies. You just won your second NT in three years. Quit worrying about this young guy who has no chance against The Mighty Gators. LOL Bama lost at home to Louisiana Monroe Saban’s first year and went 6-6. Remember that?

And all I hear is how you will score all these points against us. UT had the # 3 defense in the whole nation last year and now they have Monte Freaking Kiffin. Yeah the QB is a big piece of crap, but our D is still pretty good. So you dumb gators enjoy that trophy and have those helmets strapped on tight, because the Fulmer era of playing like a bunch of girls is over. See ya Sept. 19!!!!

blaster vol

May 28th, 2009
11:33 pm

Florida,Georgia,alabama might be in for a suprise. We VOLS can play a little football from time to time. Looking at these comments This Vol team might have a little bulliten board material themselves. We are not completely without football players. I have faith in this staff and players. But we’ll see who laughs last

Vols

May 29th, 2009
3:15 pm

1. The Gators couldn’t “light us up” for more than 30 points this year when we sucked. Our defense is just that good, and under Monte will be as good or better(lot more turnovers with the Tampa defense, stripping and all).
2. Kiffin did a good job, no doubt, he took a 5-7 team, and got a top 10 recruiting class and put UT back in the national spotlight. Don’t deny him, he’s got great PR.
3. Tahj Boyd is a good QB, but he isn’t pro-style, Crompton IS. Crompton may not be the best, but he fits Kiffin’s offense.
Bill – LOL… almost made Kiffin cry? Spurrier couldn’t make a baby cry, Kiffin just didn’t say anything and it was more like… “WTF are you talking about?” type pause.

S.E.C fan

July 12th, 2009
6:46 pm

Right on TEX- DOG.The best and most sucessful coach’s in the history of college ball were quiet, unassumeing and professional. But we’ll have to wait and see how old loud mouth does.