Where does Tennessee go from here?

 So much for taking some time off.

After 30 years in the business, not a lot surprises me any more. Lane Kiffin’s bolt for USC just three weeks away from National Signing Day surprises me. It also makes me sad. This is not a good night for college football. Some quick thoughts:

**–With this shocking decision, Lane Kiffin proved he is everything we thought he was. He used the University of Tennessee in the worst possible way.

**–The Tennessee people will not understand because USC is simply not a better job. It’s in California, which is more suited to Kiffin’s personality, but it is not a better job by any measure.

**–You have to wonder what Kiffin is thinking because, based on everything I’ve heard, USC is going to get hammered by the NCAA. I just hope he didn’t leave an NCAA mess at Tennessee that others will have to clean up.

**–Mike Hamilton, the Tennessee AD, is going to be under tremendous pressure to bring some stabilty to the program. The fact is that he got played by Kiffin. Mike is a good guy but I wouldn’t want to be in his shoes tonight.

**–There is going to be some support to bring Phillip Fulmer back. Before you dismiss the idea, just think about it. Tennessee needs stability and somebody who cares about the school, which Kiffin obviously did not. Even the people who fired Fulmer never questioned his love for UT.

**–If not Fulmer, then who? I would call Will Muschamp and tell him that Mack Brown and his new $5 million deal are not going to retire anytime soon.

**–If not Fulmer or Will Muschamp, why not David Cutcliffe? Tennessee’s quarterbacks have only been good when he was the offensive coordinator.

**–A bunch of people around the SEC are smiling tonight. Kiffin was a time bomb waiting to explode all over this league. I promise you that commissioner Mike Slive is not sheading any tears over this. Kiffin was a pain in the butt.

**–I feel for the Tennessee people. They supported this guy and were ready for the program to become a contender again. They have to feel used as well.

**–If I’m a Tennessee player, I’m pretty disillusioned right now. This is not good for college. This is not good at all.

367 comments Add your comment

Not Disappointed

January 13th, 2010
8:45 pm

Tony thanks for the food for thought. Good luck to the Volunteers!

Rambllin Wreck!

1rockytop1

January 14th, 2010
12:23 am

I think this was planned ahead of time and we have been used. first fire mike hamilton. you see vol fans like me only supported this change because of monty kiffin at def . we were tired of chaves def with the three man front. fire mike hamilton .kippy seems to be a good man. but the recruiting year is screwed. i think the ncaa needs to put sanctions on both kiffin and usc for this backstabing behavior.

marknwhitebluff

January 14th, 2010
4:18 am

“If I was to un staid hear too long at TN I mite start talkin funny and my wife and deddy woudnt liked it much I reckon. Plus she could only do so much garmint shopin at Dolliewood and Gatlenberg.” … Lame is everything college football is not about. He did not deserve UT – better for pgm that he left! No matter how many games he ever wins, he loses where it most counts – as a man and in life! His character is suspect and he is a loser.

Pearly Earps and Bryce

January 15th, 2010
9:06 am

Yalls jist wait and see what happens when we gits our new coach.

Bamarules1

January 15th, 2010
6:14 pm

The Duke coach turns Tenn down? Good, if he is that nuts you don’t want him. Tenn is one of the top 10 programs. The Texas clown is just as crazy. Stay there over head guy at Tenn. Insane. Whatever, sometimes the delays make things work out better. You’ll see.

Matt

January 15th, 2010
7:13 pm

USC is “not a better job by any measure?” How about the recruiting base? That’s one measure. How about being the No. 1 traditional power west of the Rockies, rather than having to beat Alabama, Florida and Georgia every year?

Rob

January 16th, 2010
9:20 am

I would have to disagree on one point…USC is a MUCH better job than UT, and I think the fans proved it with their classlessness over how the situation was handled by rioting outside of the football offices. I don’t like Kiffin or approve of what he has done, but not many people would pick being a head coach at UT over USC. That said, events like this make me thank God every day for Frank Beamer! GO HOKIES!!!

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I love the dawgs!

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