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

J Dub

January 12th, 2010
10:59 pm

I don’t care what anyone says….sonny clusters would be proud….first

Ohio State fan

January 12th, 2010
10:59 pm

Scum bag, of the highest order!

It will be fun to watch the Tennessee reaction – they were so in love with ‘their boy.’

Sad, sad day.

What does Monte Kiffin think of his sons antics?

Sad Vol in ATL

January 12th, 2010
11:00 pm

Never should’ve hired a danged yankee priss in the first place. This is what we get for going outside the TN Family for the first time. Lesson learned the hard way….hopefully. Go VOLS.

Lane Kiffin

January 12th, 2010
11:00 pm

I couldn’t stand being around those hillbillies any longer. They were making me dumber by the day just by sharing the air with them.

dawg in L.A.

January 12th, 2010
11:01 pm

Indeed, a bad night for college football. Looks like Kiffin is going to get Norm Chow to be his Offensive Coordinator too.

sc dawg

January 12th, 2010
11:01 pm

vols are better off

rusty

January 12th, 2010
11:02 pm

UT will be better off in the long run

Halsey

January 12th, 2010
11:02 pm

I’m all for a guy making his money but it just seems college football is going the wrong way. A little honor and tradition are necessary things.

Gerry

January 12th, 2010
11:03 pm

I may be a dawg fan but I feel for the vols fans tonight. What a classless jerk and thank god for Mark Richt. I hope Georgia fans realize how good we got it.

Macclenny_dawg

January 12th, 2010
11:04 pm

Man I just hope that Tennessee doesn’t make a Smart choice!! Got a feeling it will be Gruden!!!

dawg in L.A.

January 12th, 2010
11:04 pm

Kiffin is a coward — his “press conference” was a complete joke. How the heck did UT hold a press conference for this brat!

John

January 12th, 2010
11:04 pm

Can you blame a guy for going out “younder?” Hard to win in the SEC. Being a Dog man, Riche will be gone it he cannot control his thugs nexy year.

ArkyTech

January 12th, 2010
11:05 pm

Tennessee got what was coming to them for hiring this guy in the first place.

volz4lif3

January 12th, 2010
11:06 pm

yea we were used everyone was saying what a jerk he was when he was our coach and he cant coach this and that, now i just heard on ESPN how great of a hire this was and how great of a coach he is, but when he’s at Tennessee he’s a target of everything and everybody i just dont understand, anyways this sucks but we’ll be back Go Vols dont know when but we will!

A College Fact

January 12th, 2010
11:07 pm

The NCAA claims to care about student athletes but that’s not the case. It’s time to address this age of BIG money and un loyal coaches. Take scholorships for school’s who steal coaches under contract. Take them from the school who solicits a coach under contract and force them to give them to the school who losses the coach. I’ve not come up with the sanctions but take 4 if it’s after year one and so on. Money and buyouts won’t help but taking scholarships will make programs think twice from stealing a coach under contract and if a coach is under contract shouldn’t they honor it like the rest of society who has a REAL job!

THIS IS WRONG

January 12th, 2010
11:08 pm

Why can’t the NCAA make contracts enforceable? If Kiffen chooses to sign a multi-year contract, why shouldn’t he have to honor it even if a better offer comes along? Chipper Jones can’t ignore his contract with the Braves even if the Yankees offer him more money or a better chance to win the World Series. Why should college coaches get to ignore their contracts? Honoring a contract isn’t slavery. Why should coaches be able to lie to prospects? The NCAA needs to stop this mess before the problem gets worse.

bmoney

January 12th, 2010
11:08 pm

Why is UT a better job than USC? I imagine Kiffin will have a lot easier time recruiting there than in Knoxville. Pac 10 is weaker than the SEC. Weather is better. Scenery is nicer.

PMC

January 12th, 2010
11:09 pm

This is fantastic. The best possible outcome would be to sanction the crap out of that program and bomb them back to what they were in the 80’s and 90’s just when the rest of the Pac 10 is on the cusp of being pretty good.

May they be blasted by UCLA for the next 15 years.

fetorvol

January 12th, 2010
11:10 pm

Of course we loved “our boy.” We didn’t appreciate it when he acted like an ass, but he was recruiting and his dad brought major respect to the program. This is a coaching betrayal that you really can’t be philosophical about…it leaves the Tennessee program in shambles, going from a top 10 recruiting class to basically nothing because Kiffin and Orgeron will steal all of the recruits, and on top of that we have all sorts of NCAA messes to clean up after him and his crew.

I agree with Tony that more than anything else the Tennessee program needs stability now (not a “good” coach or a “bad” coach, but at least a warm body that stay for more than 1 season).. I hope the NCAA sanctions Kiffin’s career out of existence in the future.

Michael

January 12th, 2010
11:10 pm

Wrong Tony. I can’t stand Kiffin but USC is a much better job. First of all, it’s LA, not the deep mud eating sister kissing deep south sesspool of Tennessee (sorry i’m a Gator fan couldn’t help it). Second, he has a much easier route to the BCS national title game in the PAC 10 than in the SEC, he doesn’t have to beat Urban Meyer, Nick Saban, Steve Spurrier, and Mark Richt to get there. California has as much talent to recruit as anywhere. And USC is pretty much a turn key operation, he has to rebuild Tennessee and obviously isn’t up to the task as Meyer is kicking his tail in recruiting (again).

Where have you gone Jim Bob Cooter ?

January 12th, 2010
11:12 pm

You know college football is screwed up when a guy with just two years of head coaching experience and a 12-20 record parleys that into the head coaching job at Southern Cal.The greed being exhibited by coaches , 18 year old punks at “hat ceremonies”and by the schools themselves by shaking down the fans and alumni for “donations” are just repugnant.

Pissed off Vol Fan

January 12th, 2010
11:14 pm

Riots on campus. Follow it on Tennessee basketball player Renaldo “Swiperboy” Woldridge’s twitter.

http://twitter.com/Swiperboy

Ron Recruitment

January 12th, 2010
11:14 pm

I don’t care but we are going to steal at least one of Lane’s recruits, perhaps Markeith Ambles or Ja’Waun James.

Urban’s Freight Train

DawgInTheHouse

January 12th, 2010
11:17 pm

Jon Gruden will be the next head coach at UT. I believe his family has ties to Tennessee. Look for a deal and announcement to happen in less than a week. Now what makes this quick UT head coach announcement sad is that UT can loose Kiffin and hire Gruden faster than CMR can find and hire a DC. UGA should go ahead and offer Manny Diaz the DC job, its a no brainer check his resume out for yourself at http://www.goblueraiders.com/coach.cfm/name/manny-diaz/id/279

CovingtonDawg

January 12th, 2010
11:19 pm

I know its tough to say after yesterday, but all the UF and UT mess makes me appreciate CMR. We did have a speed bump in having to deal with CWM, but we will get through it and make a high that will get the job done, eventually. At least we have a guy who seems to really care about UGA and will do what it takes to make us a winner. I would much rather be in our shoes right now than a Vol or a Gator. Very interesting times……

OldDawg

January 12th, 2010
11:21 pm

Can I say it now?

I should not…

Naw….not going to.

Been wanting to real bad.

Mama said….

What the heck…

VOLS B!TCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Doug

January 12th, 2010
11:23 pm

Jawan James should be allowed to withdraw from UT immediately with no strings attached. Too bad Lame won’t make it to Athens this year.

WOW

January 12th, 2010
11:24 pm

What makes one think monte is any better than lane,,,besides this is probably why lane is a jerk anyway …bad parenting!!

Dawg in Grovetown

January 12th, 2010
11:25 pm

As a Dawg fan, I don’t know if I should be laughing or not. I almost feel sorry for tennessee. I didn’t like Kiffin at all, I really don’t think he’s really capable of backing up all that trash he spoke. I think tennessee will be fine, they’ll get someone good and they’ll continue to win.

Tony, imho, i’m not sure tennessee will go after anyone with Georgia ties, I think Cutcliffe is a good fit, Peterson could win but not so sure he could recruit down here, at least year one anyway. I’m not totally against tennessee getting fulmer back…he’s not a bad coach. He loves tennessee.

FULMER SUPPORT

January 12th, 2010
11:28 pm

If you want someone who will be loyal show your support for Fulmer. He is going for the job. Get a man who truly loves TN back as the coach.

Adi

January 12th, 2010
11:31 pm

Tony, of COURSE USC is a better job! Sure, Tennessee’s football history is every bit as illustrious as USC’s, but as of this moment USC’s recent success, popularity, and draw on recruits (not to mention its attractive location) make it a FAR better program than Tennessee, which has been beleaguered by recruiting violations and the recent rise of Florida as a perennial SEC East power.

Big L

January 12th, 2010
11:32 pm

Just checked twitter. They using police and fire trucks to quell a riot on UT campus. The hillbillies are tryin to kill Lane.

gcs

January 12th, 2010
11:35 pm

I am glad Kiffin is gone because he was an embarrassment to the whole SEC.

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BULLDAWG BILL

January 12th, 2010
11:35 pm

THE QUESTION OF THE DAY IS, “WHO HIRED L. KIFFIN IN THE FIRST PLACE?” UT COULD HAVE DONE SO MUCH BETTER WITH JUST A LITTLE EFFORT. IF I WERE A UT ALUM OR FAN (AND I AM NOT EITHER), I WOULD BE CONCERNED ABOUT WHO WILL MAKE THE DECISION ON THE NEXT HEAD COUCH. TO FIRE A PROVEN WINNER IN FULMER AND HIRE A BRAT IN KIFFEN SHOULD BE A REASON TO CLEAN OUT THE ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT FROM TOP TO BOTTOM. THE ONLYU ONES I WOULD KEEP WOULD BE THE BASKETBALL COACHES.

Coach Johnsons Paul

January 12th, 2010
11:37 pm

Watch for stealth candidate…Steve Spurrier. TN born and would be the ultimate jab by Spurrier at his Alma mater.

BO

January 12th, 2010
11:39 pm

ONE JAR OF CASOLINE, $2.99. ONE COONSKIN RUG WIH TAIL TASSLES, $59.00 AT A LOCAL FLEE MARKET. LANE KIFFEN HITTIN AND QUITIN TENNESSEE, PRICELES!!!!

BO

January 12th, 2010
11:39 pm

VASOLINE, SORRY

SuperB

January 12th, 2010
11:40 pm

Kiffin will probably be able to hold USC’s recruting class. The same cannot be said for Tennessee.
Three weeks from signing day and no coach = a potential disaster. He used UT!

NOVAJacket

January 12th, 2010
11:42 pm

UT is not as good a job as USC by any measure. The recruiting bases are night and day. The only way UT escapes probation is because Kiffin is leaving….

braves70

January 12th, 2010
11:43 pm

The Governor of Tennessee is none too pleased with the state of things at UT:

The University of Tennessee needs to clean up the sports program after two recent incidents involving the arrest of student-athletes, Gov. Phil Bredesen said.

Bredesen, who is chairman of the UT board of trustees, told The Chattanooga Times Free Press he hopes to see improvement in the athletic program’s image.

“I think it’s a realistic matter that UTK is going to continue to have an SEC-oriented sports program over time,” Bredesen said last week. “But I think they clearly have some cleaning up to do in the program. I’m hoping that will happen.”

http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2010/jan/10/vols-arrests-worry-governor/

Richard Marx

January 12th, 2010
11:44 pm

Should have known better than to hire a playboy head coach. Look for the next Bill Cowher, not the next Pete Carrol. That is exactly what you ended up with.

Coach Johnsons Paul

January 12th, 2010
11:45 pm

Other potential candidates…
Brubaker, Warden Hazen (Longest Yard), Captain (what we have here is a failure to communicate) in Cool Hand Luke, Warden Norton (Shawshank), Joe Arpaio (AZ Sheriff)

Shieldy

January 12th, 2010
11:46 pm

Why not Mike Leach?? He’d be fun!!

charles daugherty

January 12th, 2010
11:46 pm

we need fullmer back its our only hope . is there a resume for a coach of tennesse anywhere better.

The kids that bought in

January 12th, 2010
11:48 pm

The 2009 frosh and soon to be 2010 frosh like that Jawan James kid and others, must feel like they were played. You know, most of these kids come in thinking about “The League in three years and I’ll bail” Now they know how it feels to be bailed on. Hillarious this is to me. Got punked they did. .

Well, um they got first hand exposure to L-I-F-E. Welcome aboard men. If you comitted to UT, then you are happy right? If not, you screwed up. Good lesson at 18 or 19. Make the best out of it. You are stuck with Rocky Top. The UT basketballers will simply be making little rocks out of big rocks and that is another story for another time. No Rocky Top for them ……..only rocks.

Tech’s Paul Johnson will be begging UT for the job. You heard it here first. O’Leary II is around the corner. Hmm, I wonder if CPJ actually has a college degree??? HAHAHAHAHAHAH 30-24 and UT , we will see you and your NEW ( Again ) coach in Athens. We look forward to it.

By the way, Blame Kiffen was right when he said UT will never lose to UGA with me as HC and he was right. His ONE win was big for them and horrible for UGA but the worm has turned.

Goooooooooooooo Dogs.

BO

January 12th, 2010
11:50 pm

MY BROTHER WORKS FOR A PROMINANT MEDIA OUTLET AND HE SAID HE HEARD THROUGH THE GRAPE VINE THEY WERE CALLING PAUL JOHNSON!!!

fl Vol

January 12th, 2010
11:50 pm

Muschamp will be announced soon, Very reliable sources have confirmed. Hopefully he can salvage some of the recruiting class.

CG

January 12th, 2010
11:53 pm

I think the kids that bought in a year ago are the real losers in this situation. Thier coach can leave without any penalty, but they have to sit out a year if they leave? With the college football trends of coaches leaving/getting fired every 2-4 years, I think this needs to be revisited by the NCAA. Perhaps change the rule to state a kid can transfer to different schools if his coach leaves or is fired except to the new school of his former coach.

Steve

January 12th, 2010
11:55 pm

If you lie down with dogs, you will get up with fleas. (An assertion that human failings, such as dishonesty and foolishness, are contagious.) Vols are better off without Lame.

RomeDawg

January 12th, 2010
11:56 pm

I wish I had it in me to feel sorry for UT fans but after the way they flaunted after that win this year with Lame as coach, I LOVE it! He didn’t lie about 1 thing though, he never did loose to UGA. And can you imagine what that thug infested class of recruits that he brought in with his “show” are thinking. Football is about blocking, tackling and sport, not planes and ripping shirts. Hope all you morons learned something.