Tennessee will be better off without Kiffin

I’m sorry I am going to be out of the country for the next few weeks because what eventually happens at Tennessee is going to be fascinating.

The next few weeks, even perhaps he next few months, are probably not going to be a lot of fun for Tennessee fans.

Unless athletic director Mike Hamilton can pull a rabbit out of his hat and hire somebody–like Will Muschamp of Texas–who will calm down the Tennessee fan base, the Volunteers are looking at bad stretch of road coming up with the sudden departure of Lane Kiffin to USC.

It’s clear by now that Hamilton has set his sights on Muschamp and will pay him handsomely to leave Austin, where he is the coach-in-waiting to Mack Brown, who just got a new deal at $5 million per year. Hamilton will tell Muschamp that Mack is not going to retire anytime soon. He is offering a bird in the hand at a premier spot in the SEC. Muschamp’s agent will have all of the leverage in those negotiations.

Texas will tell Muschamp that if he’ll just be patient–he’s only 39–he will inherit a powerhouse program that has averaged 10 wins a year since Brown got there in 1998. Why take over a program that is now faced with more questions than answers?

But what is plan B for Hamilton if Muschamp says no? I spoke to some people close to former coach Phillip Fulmer and there is no doubt that he would like to come back as the head coach. He can offer stability, which Tennessee desperately needs right now. And even the people who fired Fulmer never questioned his love for Tennessee. The next coach will have to show Volunteer fans that he really cares about being there and is not using Tennessee as a stepping stone. Of all the things that have infuriated Volunteer fans in the past 24 hours, it is the notion that ANY Pac-10 job would be considered better than theirs.

Hamilton said during a press conference on Wednesday that Fulmer will not be a candiate for the job of head coach. I’m suggesting that this process may be taken out of Hamilton’s hands. The next 48 hours are going to be very interesting as the levers of power start getting pulled. When the smoke clears, Fulmer coould be the head coach again. And if he’s not the head coach he could pull a Tom Osborne and become the athletic director.

But if you’re a Tennessee fan, trust me on this: Over the long haul, you are not really going to miss Lane Kiffin. The guy gave a great press conference. He knew how to get under Urban Meyer’s skin. He talked in a manner that made Tennessee fans smile because he wasn’t going to back down from anybody in this league. He had that California style and sold it to recruits.

But at the end of the day, Lane Kiffin’s rise to become the head coach of the Oakland Raiders and then of Tennessee was a triumph of style over substance. He TALKED a great game. It remains to be seen if he can coach one. Now he may go to USC and win a bunch of Pac-10 championships and take the Trojans to the Rose Bowl every season. But I have my doubts, especially if the NCAA drops the hammer on the program in the coming months.

Some people took me to task last night when I said that Tennessee is a better job than USC. They talked about California and Hollywood and what USC has done the last nine years.

But remember that USC was a struggling program before Pete Carroll got there nine years ago. Remember Paul Hackett? Remember Ted Tollner? USC was very mediocre before Carroll and could well be again, especially when the NCAA gets done with the Trojans. I don’t think Pete Carroll bolted for the Seattle Seahawks because he wanted to be closer to Starbucks.

I am going to miss you all but I’ll be watching from afar. Hope to see you in a few weeks.

209 comments Add your comment

yay

January 13th, 2010
3:50 pm

volsngoblue

January 13th, 2010
3:52 pm

My only question in this whole thing…. how did Monte Kiffin (who gave a great interview on the Sports Animal and is a CLASS ACT- regardless of what anyone thinks) have a son like Lane who is a brash, underachieving, smack talking, nut job who’s going to be completely exposed in a weaker-than-the-SEC Pac 10? How??

dougefresh705

January 13th, 2010
3:52 pm

There would be an outright revolt if Fulmer was brought back (and I’m sure it would be after Hamilton was fired). Some are suggesting him for AD but I think the modern day AD position has evolved far beyond former coaches. These are CEO of $50-80 million dollar companies who can’t just stand on thier balcony and watch practice.

I do not doubt coach Fulmer’s love for the program but he’s not the guy for either job.

BAMA STAN

January 13th, 2010
3:52 pm

yay

January 13th, 2010
3:53 pm

first first timer…feels good

UGA 2010

January 13th, 2010
3:53 pm

Thanks Tony, have fun…….

RAMBLE ON!!!

January 13th, 2010
3:56 pm

Chan Gailey is available.

Dawg Fud

January 13th, 2010
3:59 pm

Kiffin is a terd. Tuck in your shirt and stop crossing your arms.

ratherBgambling

January 13th, 2010
3:59 pm

LK might get 2 AD’s fired over this. This guy will be out of coaching before he’s 40.

Can’t wait till Harbaugh and Stanford whips their tail and gives him a taste of his own handshake medicine.

UA Alum92

January 13th, 2010
4:00 pm

Enjoy your holiday, Tony! I agree that UT will eventually be better off without Kiffin. He’s all hat and no cattle.

Socal Dawg

January 13th, 2010
4:01 pm

I lived in the LA area for the past 8 years and let me tell you college football is an after thought there. IF you want all that Hollywood has to offer it’s a great place but if you’re all about college football the place sucks.

UA Alum92

January 13th, 2010
4:01 pm

I also think USC is getting the coach they deserve.

Hal

January 13th, 2010
4:02 pm

I think Coach Fullmer left to early. He is a fine coach and his blood runs orange. He got causght up in the numbers game with recruits swarming to Alabama. Randy Edsall is good choice as would Bob Davie the former ND coach who through his exposeure on ESPN has proven he loves southern football. He would be a fine selection if they could get him. He might be too straight for Tennessee. He’s seems too honest to be associated with the SEC.

Socal Dawg

January 13th, 2010
4:02 pm

I lived in the LA area for the past 8 years and let me tell you college football is an after thought there. IF you want all that Hollywood has to offer it’s a great place but if you’re all about college football the place sucks. Vol is a much better football job.

Trojan Fan

January 13th, 2010
4:03 pm

As a USC Trojan fan and supporter from SoCal – let me tell you that our feelings are very mixed about this situation.

Tennessee – along with about 5 other SEC schools – represent destination type jobs – not stepping stones …. and I feel bad for the Tennessee fans. players and most of all – recruits.

With that said – everyone has a right to pick their employer if offered the opportunity. USC offered – Kiffin accepted – Tennessee will find a fantastic coach to replace Kiffin – and be Tennessee.

Yes, I would have hated this if the shoe was on the other foot – but there are no guarantees in life. Tennessee needs to move on.

My big issue? Lane Kiffin.
We used to think highly of him – but it appears he and his staff have taken to being the Oakland Raiders of college football. I hope he somehow learns some class, dignity, respect and is successful at USC. Currently – he comes across as an arrogant jerk.

Life is too short – let’s move on!

Best of Luck to Tennessee – and apparently to USC as well!

Tee

January 13th, 2010
4:03 pm

Lane Kiffin should be cast in the remake of “The Shawshank Redemption – Part 2, the Reeming of the VOLS!!!!” HA HA

uga_b

January 13th, 2010
4:05 pm

USC is a better job due to the built in recruiting advantages and weaker conference. UT is a great program recently and a good job for those who want the challenge. Where has Lane shown he is up to a challenge? He leaves first.

Bear

January 13th, 2010
4:06 pm

Enter your comments here

Reality

January 13th, 2010
4:06 pm

Tennessee is a good job, but it is nowhere close to USC. USC is the best job in college football. It is home to one of the three most talent rich states in the country. There is no pro football team in LA, which means USC is top dog. There is plenty of money. And, they get to play in the Pac-10, which makes it a better job than the Big 12 and SEC. There is a much easier road to the BCS championship game through the PAC-10 than there is in the Big 12 and the SEC.

FWIW, Texas would be my second best because of the same reasons. Except, that they have to play in the Big 12, which is harder than the Pac-10 and easier than the SEC. Plus, they have multiple pro football teams in their state.

Then Florida. For all of the reasons above. Except, they have to play in the SEC.

Mark "Crimson Crier" Ingram

January 13th, 2010
4:08 pm

Lane Kiffin is the Paris Hilton of college football!

Socal Dawg

January 13th, 2010
4:09 pm

The Reality is there are more Rams and Raider fans in LA than USC fans.

Tee

January 13th, 2010
4:11 pm

Lane Kiffin is a tool and now he has the Trojans to cover himself. Tennessee should never have hired this idiot to start with.

If Larry Munson were to say something on this subject, could it possibly come out like this:

“Oh, Look at the Billboards falling out of the sky!! Look at the Billboards over Atlanta falling out of the sky!!!
Kiffin just took a hob-nailed boot and smashed the Vols nose!!!”

Sorry, Rocky Top Fans you got what you deserved when you fired Fulmer and hired this trio of carpetbaggers.

collegeballfan

January 13th, 2010
4:11 pm

Does Muschamp want to be a head coach now or in five years? That is the question. Kirby Smart? Is he a year or two away? What is a year or two away? Butch Davis? Will he leave NC? Why not, what are his ties there?

I would make the guy at UCONN, Randy Edsall, say no before hiring anyone.

Ed

January 13th, 2010
4:11 pm

I think rehiring Fulmer would be a good move. The guy’s a proven commodity as a coach, things just got stale with the old job. Now, with a year off and a chance to start over with a new staff, I think he would be rejuvenated. And the guy is Tennessee through-and-through.

I don’t get how Kiffin gets these plum jobs. What exactly wowed USC – the 7-6 record? The blowout loss to Va. Tech in the bowl game? Surely they are not hiring him based on a blowout win over a down Georgia team and competitive losses to Alabama and Florida. 7-6 is 7-6, anyway you slice it. Kiffin must have some of that Obama mojo, because the guy apparently can’t be too mediocre to get a better job (no offense UT fans, that’s how he sees it).

The Vols are better off without this nutjob anyway.

Michael Scharff

January 13th, 2010
4:13 pm

Tony, I hope you have a safe trip.

UA Alum92

January 13th, 2010
4:22 pm

UT AD Mike Hamilton’s description of Kiffin’s tenure, “Brief.” But I still think Hamilton should take the high road and not ask if he can borrow Al Davis’s overhead projector.

Voice of Reason

January 13th, 2010
4:24 pm

And college football would be better off withot the BCS, and their paid minyans/hacks like Barnhart.

Jim Brown

January 13th, 2010
4:25 pm

I think at this point in time, bringing Mr. Fulmer back to salvage of what recruiting is left is a good idea. He knows the SEC inside and out. The question is why would he want to. He has nothing to prove but his love for Tennessee is second to none. I think he will help out the program in any way he can. He also has an unprecidented love for the fans, and yes even the ones who booed him and called him “johnny”. I think this late in the game he has the experience to save this “out-of-control” program from crash and burn. I’m all for it. It’s a little late to try and bring in someone new and get a staff together on such a short notice. The two things we all learned from this is that the boy Lane Kiffen can’t handle the competition in the SEC. The challenge for him was to great and the boy fled to a pansie conference. The other thing we all learned from this is that Mr. Al Davis isn’t a crackpot after all.

Atlanta Jacket

January 13th, 2010
4:28 pm

UT could always hire one of the Bowden boys.

Beach Dawg

January 13th, 2010
4:30 pm

Style over Substance!!!! Why does that remind me of someone else??? The White House maybe???

ReptilesRule

January 13th, 2010
4:35 pm

From some of the things I’m reading now from L.A. they ain’t too happy either. USC is gonna end up getting the short end on this one. Makes me think they are heading for some tough times with the NCAA. Why else would they hire a 12-21 head coach. Funny in Knoxville how it’s gone from “fear the Kiffin” to “smear the Kiffin”.

Mutt Nonsense

January 13th, 2010
4:38 pm

Beach Dawg,

You’re so right. I am totally reminded of the White House.

- Someone riding the coat tails of Daddy’s last name
- Someone waking up on the 3rd base and acting like they hit the triple
- Starting unnecessary fights and conflicts for their own benefit
- Blatant disregard for existing laws/rules and no ethics
- Someone that sounds like a complete buffoon when speaking in public

See how easy that is. Keep the politics on the other flame war blogs and leave this one for football.

stebla

January 13th, 2010
4:38 pm

They will never be able to recruit that well again.

pat

January 13th, 2010
4:39 pm

The best man for the job was thrown out last year. UT, you get what you deserve. Fulmer was not treated well and now UT gets the same from the “better” coach they replaced him with. Yeah! Sure. Stick with what works.

knoxdawg

January 13th, 2010
4:41 pm

Not a UT fan but they are better off w/o Kiffin. He is just like Al Davis said he was, a liar. USC job is not better than UT job. Easier maybe because recruiting is easier and PAC – 10 easier to win in. However, winning the SEC and then the NC makes ones resume look awfully good. Just ask Nick Saban.

Jon

January 13th, 2010
4:47 pm

I feel as bad for the Tennessee fans as much as anyone, but lets be honest. Besides, maybe Florida, the USC head coaching position is far, far superior to ANY SEC job. Just look at the combination of Academic Rankings, Prestige, History, National Championships, Rose Bowl victories and Heisman trophy winners. You are in the second largest city in the United States, with fantastic recruiting and weather with multiple business and entertainment options.

Otto

January 13th, 2010
4:50 pm

Fulmer back at UT. He has proven that he can coach the team to stable mediocrity.

If you want a hire that can work with the UT fan base go after Cutcliffe if he’ll come.

Muschamp maybe an option but UT has to play Bama and UF EVERY Year and they have to recruit out of state talent to do it. In short it is not an easy job and who knows what the NCAA is going to do to UT. The next coach better have a good out clause if NCAA comes down on UT for what Lame and Coach O did.

JumpingBadger

January 13th, 2010
4:53 pm

With Kiffin leaving, the dogs have at least a shot beating the Vols this year.

TonyBFan

January 13th, 2010
4:53 pm

It’s about time for Saban to move again, right?

ChicagoOtto

January 13th, 2010
4:53 pm

nice article Tony. but lets be real for a second…USC has a very rich tradition in this game, including more National Championships, conference titles, overall winning percentage, and Heisman Trophy Winners. Now I’ll give you back the conference titles (because like I said were being real and the SEC is that every year) but other than that, you gotta admit that playing at USC is a much better opportunity than UT.

Either way, Kiffin is a classless d-bag that had no business being at a SEC school. If i was UT I’d do the right thing and keep it in the family. Not necessarily Fulmer as HC, but as AD at least. Then go from there.

TonyBFan

January 13th, 2010
4:57 pm

As for Muschamp it’s the same thing as Kirby Smart. They’re UGA guys. They’ll wait and see if Richt falls this year and they get to come home.

robodawg

January 13th, 2010
5:01 pm

Respect you as I do, I have to disagree with your reading of USC history. Rather than an historically average program grown large by Pete Carroll, I think USC was a sleeping giant waiting to rise to its potential — much like Florida before and after Spurrier. All USC needed was someone who could make USC the magnet for West Coast recruits that it should be, then turn those 5 star high schoolers into college stars and outscheme those West Coast offenses with a great defense. Kiffin looks to me like he’ll continue to do those things, especially with his dad Monte in charge of the D. Maybe the rise of some other PAC-10 teams can mitigate against these forces. And maybe, somehow, Lane Kiffin’s lack of character will come back to bite him.

AltamahaDawg

January 13th, 2010
5:01 pm

Beach Dawg, I think you stepped on a somebodies ballet slipper.

Gen Neyland

January 13th, 2010
5:02 pm

Yeah, we generally feel better about coaches leaving when we, the fanbase, call the parting shot. What say you, CPF and CWM..? Who will Tennessee get..? I don’t know but I hope they include assts Coach Stabilty and Coach Continuity. Some will add with Coach Respectability…Alas, Pat Summitt is not available…

Paddy

January 13th, 2010
5:03 pm

Trojan Fan….great comments.
Reality….USC is not the most coveted program in America. You have a short memory. It is a top 10 program to be sure, but not near the top. Ugly campus in a terrible location.

Gen Neyland

January 13th, 2010
5:04 pm

Mutt Nonsense : Why didn’t you heed your own instruction..?

braves70

January 13th, 2010
5:05 pm

From Sports-Talk radio here in Nashville:

Former UT assistant coach Doug Matthews says he thinks it will be Muschamp or the Air Force coach, Troy Calhoun. Muschamp’s agent however says that he has yet to be contacted by UT.

AltamahaDawg

January 13th, 2010
5:07 pm

Exactly Gen.
Beach was making a joke, then somebody went all nucular on us..

I'd hire..

January 13th, 2010
5:08 pm

I’m a lifelong Dog, so I’d love to see them hire Bill Lewis, or Chan Gailey, maybe even Paul Johnson, but if I were a V..V..Vol (sorry, I couldn’t hardly make myself type that) I’d be wanting my idiot AD to make sure Tuberville had signed his contract at TT, and hiring him if not. If that didn’t work, I’d be going after Cutcliffe. Bobby Johnson at Vandy, the guy at Boise State and Muschamp would round out my list. But I’d prefer they stick with Lewis, or Gailey…maybe even get Corso to come to Knoxville, now that would cause celebration in Athens, indeed.

AltamahaDawg

January 13th, 2010
5:11 pm

And actually call him “the guy at Boise State” at the press conference.

shane#1

January 13th, 2010
5:12 pm

When I heard that USC had hired Kiffin you could have knocked me over with a feather! I don’t yet understand how he got the job at UT or Oakland. Coaches jump ship all the time so unless they are into late night plane rides like a certain coach in the SEC west I don’t hold that against them. However, telling early enrollees at UT not to attend class so they can switch to USC is a new low! Kiffin and Coach O are obviously men of low degree and I don’t see how hiring men like that can help USC. They are an elite school and deserve better.

DawgBuzz

January 13th, 2010
5:16 pm

What was UT thinking when you had a coach who was dedicated to the program (152-52) and you bring in a guy with an unproven record and questionable integrity / ethics? Raiders (5-15); Tennessee (7-6) ….and what is USC thinking????

Tennessee – Al Davis was right.

braves70

January 13th, 2010
5:16 pm

The word is that Lame got all of his jobs because he sold his Dad as part of the package. Al Davis was willing to let him go after one year and take the Arkansas job but Petrino beat him to it. Monte Kiffin was unable to join the brat with the Raiders since he was under contract at Tampa Bay.

HardTruth Soldier....

January 13th, 2010
5:16 pm

Can You say Charlie Strong to UT?

JP

January 13th, 2010
5:18 pm

If they want to hire loyalty, consistentcy, and stability…..then go after Jim Grobe. He is the man for that job if you can get him away from Winston Salem.

Ed

January 13th, 2010
5:21 pm

Mutt Nonsense, USC hiring an unaccomplished Kiffin made as much sense as this country electing an unaccomplished Obama. Both of them bring lots of hype and style, but we are still waiting for the substance – assuming there is any. Is this case, the analogy is a pretty good one.

Gen Neyland

January 13th, 2010
5:22 pm

Okay, Cutcliffe may not want anything to do with AD Hamilton. Afterall, Hammy sent his pal, Phil, packing. Muschamp, Smart, Calhoun have been mentioned but they smell like pipe dreams to me, except for Calhoun. How about an oddity here and bring Mack Brown in and raise up Muschamp at Texas..? CMB was raised just down I-40 from Knoxville. Personally, I like the thought of putting CPF in the AD’s chair but not on the sidelines. That may bring Cut back around but the timetable isn’t there unless the UT President and BOD’s get involved…SOV (Save Our Vols)

Gen Neyland

January 13th, 2010
5:30 pm

braves70

January 13th, 2010
5:35 pm

Funny thing that Lame’s brother-in-law David Reaves is apparently staying at Tennessee as quarterback choach and will not join Lame at USC.

4 Nat'l Chmpshps

January 13th, 2010
5:38 pm

NCAA definitely needs to put in a rule similar to players – if you transfer before your contract is up, you have to sit out a year….if it’s good for the talent, it’s good for the master

BeachGaBulldog

January 13th, 2010
5:40 pm

So, Kiffin beat us one time..BIG DEAL! The Vol fans can have orgasms over that all they want to. The big picture is Tennessee had a LOSER who represented them for a whole year, and he went 7-6. He sucked at Oakland, too. As a person, Kiffin is a piece of crap. The students show how immature they are by burning mattresses, etc. A bunch of dumb, ignorant hillbillies.
I would rather have a coach like Mark Richt, who is a WINNER as a coach and person.

Gatorland

January 13th, 2010
5:46 pm

Tony,

Enjoy your trip!

I just really want to know a few things. What has made Lane Kiffin such a hot property? Has he won a national championship as a head coach? Has he built a program? Has he turned a program around? What makes his resume so hot?

With the recruiting violations to hit USC and the Investigation “IN PROGRESS” at Tennessee, do we really think success is going to be in Kiffin’s future. I just hope they tack the probation or violations on to Kiffin at USC he gained at Tennessee.

If there was ever a time for a recruit who is upset about a coaches lies to start spilling his guts, this is it.

AS THE SEC TURNS!

Ed = buffoon

January 13th, 2010
5:46 pm

No further comment necessary

1eyedJack

January 13th, 2010
5:49 pm

Well, Vol fans, as soon as ya’ll get yourselves cleaned up and you get a little smellum in your hair, why, you’re gonna feel 100% better about yourselves and about life in general.

Kiffin Did Alright

January 13th, 2010
5:50 pm

In spite of everybody’s anti-Kiffin sentiment, I’d say he did okay in his one year. Came within an eyelash of beating Alabama, pummelled the Dawgs, played pretty good against Florida, and all with a team that hadn’t been very good of late. He also got some pretty decent play out of his QB that other coaches hadn’t. Given a couple of more years of recruiting, he was a shoe-in to challenge for SEC championships. Certainly had his program going in a positive direction, especially when compared to Athens.

1eyedJack

January 13th, 2010
5:55 pm

Well ya know, they say that with a thrill-seekin’ personality, what goes up must come down… Top of the world one minute,… haunted by megrims the next. Yep, it’s like our friend Lane Kiffin is an alley cat and his own damned humors are swinging him by the tail.

Typical Dawg Fan

January 13th, 2010
5:57 pm

Let’s see here: Dawgs hate Spurrier, they hate Meyer, they hate Saban, they hate Kiffin, they hated Fullmer. Who do they think is a good coach ? Anyone ? Oh yeah, they reserve their hatred for those coaches that they have the hardest time beating. Now it makes sense. Forget I mentioned it.

Yellow Jacket Man

January 13th, 2010
5:58 pm

Kirby “The Weasel” Smart will soon be name the head coach at UT.
All puppy fans should be glad.

help, I live in Ga

January 13th, 2010
6:02 pm

Shawshank Redemption guy. That is funny. Kiffen looks a little like Tim Robbins. But Tim Was always taking it, not giving it in the movie. Maybe Lane can hook up with a screen writer out there in look at me land and finish the sequal.

Volunteer

January 13th, 2010
6:06 pm

What a fool I was to listen to your siren song and fall a helpless victim under the insidious spell of your irresistible charms –

Brent

January 13th, 2010
6:10 pm

The Fulmer scenario Tony describes happened in the NFL before. Bud Grant retired as Vikings head coach, Les Steckel replaced him and fell on his face in one season, and Bud Grant came back.

Brent

January 13th, 2010
6:11 pm

Typical Dawg fan, they hate their own coach, too. Unbelievable.

Snotty

January 13th, 2010
6:15 pm

Factually, Kiffin did OK. He went 7-6 and went to a bowl. He had a strong recruiting class and had another one lined up. But, two of those recruits were charged with armed robbery. That and the fact he acted like a jackass and played fast and loose with recruiting rules were the big faults. Bet Tennessee fans wish they hadn’t defended all that now.

Brad

January 13th, 2010
6:15 pm

Very good Tony… The only point I do not agree with is this notion that Kiffin got under Urban Meyer’s skin. Meyer never publicly commented on Kiffin’s antics (much to my disappointment), so there is really no way of knowing how he (Meyer) felt about that whole deal. He did make vague references to not understanding where Kiffin’s animosity came from and being disappointed since Meyer and Monte Kiffin have a close relationship. Other than that, nothing. The media likes the idea that coach Meyer was devastated and I’ve even read a few articles that suggest that the Kiffin incident helped precipitate Meyer’s health issues, but I think that’s a stretch.

braves70

January 13th, 2010
6:16 pm

UT AD Hamilton says he wants a new coach by the weekend. That means he will have to fall back on the character checks they did last year when Lame got the job. Apparently Muschamp and Calhoun are the only two who qualify under those conditions. Former assistants like Cutcliffe and Kippy Brown also qualify.

Dan

January 13th, 2010
6:20 pm

What USC was? Yes it was mediocre. Which is exactly what Tennessee has become. A job isn’t great just because it’s in the SEC. Stop looking through the SEC glasses, Tony. SC is almost unquestionably a better job than Tennessee (not that it excuses his dishonesty or the way he left).

Rotty

January 13th, 2010
6:22 pm

Hamilton may very well get booted, even by the boosters who pushed him to push Fulmer out the door. The big money people at UT are real pieces of work. They hire bad presidents one after the other for 10 years and often go back to their loyal alums (like a Fulmer) to tide them over until they make another bad hire.

Lame Kitten

January 13th, 2010
6:26 pm

Everyone sing along now – it’s fun!!!

Rocky Flop I’m about to leave
‘Cause Tennessee makes me heave!
Good ole Rocky Flop
{{Wooooooooooo!!}}
Rocky Flop Tennessee!

m is back

January 13th, 2010
6:28 pm

typical dawd fan- of course they hate the coaches that r hard to beat.duuuh… what the point in hatin on vandy or ole miss.

Lame Kitten

January 13th, 2010
6:30 pm

Fellow Fallin’ Tears fans, let’s not despair. UT will get an SEC championship this year and everything will work out fine. I promise!! You trust me……don’t you?

Lame Kitten

January 13th, 2010
6:32 pm

Let’s sing it again because I just love the melody. Ready? 1 and a 2…

Rocky Flop I’m about to leave
‘Cause Tennessee makes me heave!
Good ole Rocky Flop
{{Wooooooooooo!!}}
Rocky Flop Tennessee!

DawgVoiceofReason

January 13th, 2010
6:45 pm

Those fans who defend/defended Lane Kiffin as the Vols coach, got what they deserve. And, USC seems likely to get what it deserves. On the West coast, students from the other schools refer to USC as “The University of Spoiled Children” because USC students are a bunch of rich snobs. Kiffin fits in PERFECTLY there.

Thrashers moving to Quebec City

January 13th, 2010
7:05 pm

We have lost our ICE HOCKEY TEAM! AGAIN! I blame the Thrashers,for not seeing minority support!

Thrashers moving to Quebec City

January 13th, 2010
7:06 pm

o doubt,with zero Afro-American fan support,the team never understood the market! There are plenty of coloreds at Falcon games,for example!

Thrashers moving to Quebec City

January 13th, 2010
7:07 pm

Who is Lane Kiffen?

SC Rules!!!

January 13th, 2010
7:12 pm

shane# 1;

I stepped back from the railing the other evening because a little voice told me there was still hope. I just didn’t realize it was wearing Orange!!! (Ugh!!!!!) Now I am going to leap!! To hell with whether the water is cold or not!!! I can’t go back to seeing the Song Girls crying in shame as they run for the cover of the tunnel after yet another pounding we’ve just taken at the hands of ND or WORSE; UCLA!

No more Fight Left.

BULLDOG MOM

January 13th, 2010
7:19 pm

You are getting what you deserve. You had a very loyal coach and a good coach, but you wanted a glamor boy and that is just what you got. Reminds me of girls and boys choosing the glamor rather than substance. Far sighted people are rare and they understand the difference between the real thing and a fake. Sounds like Tennessee’s AD is looking for another fake!!!!!

[...] of ESPN says the system is to blame, not Kiffin.UPDATE –Tony Barnhart of The AJC writes that “Tennessee will be better off without Kiffin.”  There’ve been a lot of stories like that floating around today and it’s certainly a [...]

Dan

January 13th, 2010
7:26 pm

Tony

Given how much you know about college football, please back down on your contention that UT is the equal of Southern Cal. I am not a SC fan but grow weary of the constant bleating that only the SEC matters.

You state this afternoon – “But remember that USC was a struggling program before Pete Carroll got there nine years ago. Remember Paul Hackett? Remember Ted Tollner? USC was very mediocre before Carroll and could well be again.”

Maybe so, but in addition to remembering Hackett & Tollner I am old enough to remember John McKay & John Robinson as well as OJ Simpson (he did win the Heisman before he was a murderer) & Marcus Allen. I also remember that Sam Cunningham and SC abusing Alabama in the early 70s did quite a bit in getting the SEC off the the dime on desegregating the playing field. And so do you.

Your apparent contention SC football rose only with the arrival of Pete Carroll is a disservice to your readers and, after this morning’s observations, a disturbing confirmation that you apparently are another SEC homer.

But since I am just a fan I will close by quoting Pat Forde of ESPN (who is from Kentucky but apparently has outgrown his regional biases)

“Kiffin is taking a better job.

Who wouldn’t prefer coaching the flagship school in the Pacific-10 to coaching what is no better than the fourth- or fifth-best program in the murderous SEC? Who wouldn’t prefer the recruiting backyard of Southern California to East Tennessee? Who wouldn’t prefer the beach to the boonies?” …

“Kiffin knows the turf. He was recruiting coordinator there before, when the Trojans were signing a constellation of stars on an annual basis. He should be able to sign plenty of A-list talent.

Plus, it’s USC. Even if the program gets slapped by the NCAA — which might have factored into Carroll’s leaving, and rejections from other candidates — it will not stay down for long.”

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/columns/story?columnist=forde_pat&id=4820927

goatD

January 13th, 2010
7:27 pm

Good Grief ! You guys all have a conception that making negative observations makes one a smart commentator. Why not deal with facts for once. Lame went 7-6. That’s almost 54%. Is that good? Is that bad? It’s 54%……..and unacceptable for most programs. He was a terrible loser at the Oakland Raiders. He put it to the Vols…….after trying to put it to SCar, UF, UA, and UG. He lied about other coaches’ activities and motives. Now he’s trying to get kids he recruited at UT to not go to classes, and come to USC. Those are facts. Opinion: this guy is a piece of human trash. We’ll see if he wins at USC, but …….he will still be human trash, and that will probably catch up with him eventually.

Thrashers moving to Quebec City

January 13th, 2010
7:38 pm

WHo is Lane Kiffen? Is he part of the Quebec City hockey group?

nobody

January 13th, 2010
7:40 pm

don’t worry about Tennessee…Nu’Keese Richardson just got sentenced to 3 years on probation for robbery…after he serves a 3 games suspension, he’ll be ready to go….

Lane Kiffen is RIGHT TO MOVE

January 13th, 2010
7:43 pm

NOW GO EAT SOME MORE FRIED CHICKEN!

Nu'Keese

January 13th, 2010
7:44 pm

WHat kind of name is Nu’Keese? or Anfernee? or D’Brickeshaw? or Anquan? What is going on?

Thrashers moving to Quebec City

January 13th, 2010
7:48 pm

We have once again lost our NHL team! This time,to Quebec City!

PC Police

January 13th, 2010
7:52 pm

Nu-Keese is the kind of name we can’t speak about and still be politically correct.

PC Police

January 13th, 2010
7:54 pm

Maybe it’s payback for “De-Wayne” or “Bubba”.

PC Police

January 13th, 2010
7:56 pm

Who are both prominent UGA fans, I might add.

The Watergirl

January 13th, 2010
7:57 pm

I really and truly would feel bad for the UT fans, but this is such sweet justice for taking after your Lame Kitten. Acting like arrogant a-holes will get you no where!! All of those UGA bandwagon fans should learn from them, we have a coach who is dedicated to us and who is a respectable man. I’m proud to be a DAWG!!!

PC Police

January 13th, 2010
8:02 pm

And it’s not everyday that a female will admit to that, Watergirl.

c'mon now

January 13th, 2010
8:03 pm

i like tony barnhart, but mr college football sounds like a wino blathering about phil fulmer returning to the sidelines…furthermore, even clear-thinking ut fans would admit usc is higher on the college football pecking order – look at their accomplishments, past and present…from the sec, only alabama compares favorably…finally, chasing a coordinator with no hc experience when a proven winner like the boise coach is available makes me wonder if hamilton and barnhart aren’t both drinking from the same flask!

Mr. Football's Uncle

January 13th, 2010
8:09 pm

Count me in for wanting Big Phil back. He’s a HUGE athaletic supporter and can take the drama out of whether or not we’ll beat Florida cause UT won’t. Why not call ol’ Crazy Urban. Nah, better not, he can’t make up his mind about anything. Steve Superior? No, he can’t even get the Chickens in a bowl game every year and he’s a little long in tooth. Gunslinger Saban? Stay away! He’ll have another job in the pros in a year or two. Only names left: Jackie “The Steer-a-Lizer” Sherrill or, the president of MENSA at Clemson: Danny Ford!

Paul's Johnson

January 13th, 2010
8:20 pm

Happy and safe travels, Tony. Wonderful insight, as usual.

One question I have is whether Coach Boom has a buyout in his coach-in-waiting deal, as Jimbo Fisher did. I have a feeling that Tejas will be a tough situation to walk away from at this time. But UT is a premier job. Methinks that Fulmer will be working again at UT, and soon.

Dr. Phil

January 13th, 2010
8:49 pm

Good article, Tony. If UT can get Muschamp, they will be far better off. If not, they should bring back Pumpkin Butt. He clearly loved the school and ran a clean program in comparison. The AD should be sent packing for bringing a twit like Kiffen there in the first place.

Tide Rising

January 13th, 2010
9:11 pm

I think Tony summed up Kiffin best with the addage “All style no substance”. Truer words were never spoken. This clown got the Oakland job, then the UT job, and now the USC job with a lot of big smack talking and sure enough there were people dumb enough to buy into the BS. You have to be a consumate BSer to get the USC job after going 12-21 in your 2 previous jobs.

Bob in SF

January 13th, 2010
9:15 pm

You can’t underestimate how much Layla Kiffen influenced this decision. You don’t have to be genius to figure out what a hot young SoCal will girl given a choice of going back to LA and being in the limelight or staying in Knoxville. Seriously, The Sunsphere or Hollywood/Beverly Hills etc. etc.? We all know what we would choose too.

Alphare

January 13th, 2010
9:19 pm

Tide Rising,

That’s life. Status quo or whatever. Kiffin is like W Bush to me. They are who they are because of their dads.

Muschamp or Smart has a better resume and more substance than Kiffin, that’s for sure.

Dan

January 13th, 2010
9:31 pm

Muschamp should jump at the chance to leave Austin to coach in Knoxville. Being the HC at Texas in the future is not a better job than Tennessee by any measure.

Remember that Texas was a struggling program before Mack Brown got there 11 years ago. Remember David McWilliams? Remember John Mackovic? Texas was very mediocre before Mack Brown and could well be again.

Junior

January 13th, 2010
9:34 pm

Do the writers at the AJC not have spell check. So frustrating reading garbage.

Watch List « Vols in the Fall

January 13th, 2010
10:03 pm

[...] Mike Hamilton’s Number One target. Tony Barnhart says it is clear that Hamilton has set his sights on Muschamp, will pay him big money, and will [...]

boots

January 13th, 2010
10:10 pm

Kiffin is trash, the Bernie Madoff of college athletics. He and his crew put their own interest over those of the student athletes, and there should be something done to sanction the lot of them. Tony, can the NCAA sanction individual coaches? I hope USC gets H A M M E R E D.

Tide Rising- LA media also caught him in a lie

January 13th, 2010
10:17 pm

It was priceless.

First, they drilled him as to why a recruit would trust anything he says.

Next, they asked him about the Coach O calling UT recruits and telling them not to enroll. His reply: “I’ve been traveling and know nothing about it”.

Later he says “I don’t believe it to be true”

The press jumped all over that one. One guy asked “you said you were traveling, then you said the report was not accurate. If you were traveling and didn’t know anything about it, how do you know it isn’t accurate?”

His reply “um, well, um, I said your statement wasn’t accurate.” Man they drilled him on this. It was so bad the USC SID had to say “okay, lets move on”. Kiff looked like my teen aged son when he lies, although not nearly as believeable.

So it appears that only people inside Herritage Hall approve of the hire, the rest of the free word think it’s a joke.

It was priceless.

MaconDawg

January 13th, 2010
10:41 pm

Obviously, I am not a UT fan. I agree Tony, UT will be much better off in the long run with Kiffin gone. I have rellished in some of the embarrassment he has brought upon UT since joining the SEC and this is an embarrassment to the program too HOWEVER, I am not intending to poke jabs at my neighbors to the north on this one. To me, it is like drinking a large dose of NyQuil. It is better to get that nasty taste over and done with one big gulp rather than sip on it for awhile. For Kiffin to remain in Knoxville, UT would have been tasting that bitter medicine for a long time coming (regardless of how many wins he eventually produced). Swallow hard and fast UT, then let that nasty taste be gone. UT is one of the great football programs in the country and in spite of the bitter taste now, they will be much better off in the long run with Kiffin gone.

Tide Rising

January 13th, 2010
10:59 pm

Looks like the idiot found a new village.

JC77

January 14th, 2010
2:25 am

Don’t worry about us Vol fans. Our nightmare is over and we are waking up. USC fans are just settling down for a very long night. Best of luck.

[...] Tony Barnhart says keep an eye out for the Fulmer power play. [...]

Lord of the Swamp

January 14th, 2010
8:01 am

Boy, Tenn gets rid of a first class guy (Fulmer) and really gets into a pile of you know what

Jesse James

January 14th, 2010
8:27 am

If I were Tennessee, my first choice would be David Cutcliff. The man can coach. If he wasn’t interested I would consult him on who to approach. He is familiar with the program and the SEC.

Gen Neyland

January 14th, 2010
8:39 am

Lord of the Swamp : What I have trouble understanding is how our opposition who once blasted CPF’s for supposedly being a rat now refer to him as classy guy. I dunno. Maybe ya’ll are drawing a comparison to apples and donuts. Make up your minds…

[...] Writing for the AJC, Tony Barnhart says Tennessee better off without Kiffin. [...]

Waleska Dawg

January 14th, 2010
8:58 am

Lane Kiffin reminds me so much of Jim L. Mora.

mark s.

January 14th, 2010
9:40 am

Tony have fun on your vacation,see you back here in two weeks.

jwr

January 14th, 2010
9:42 am

I’ll agree that USC caould be a great stepping stone…powerhouse of the conference, adored by voters in BCS polls, etc, etc, but Barnhart made a very good point: Carroll didn’t leave USC for the great Seattle weather, and with “Kiss My Arse” Kiffin holding press conferences, the NCAA is just about guaranteed to blast USC into a probationary stone age.

SC Rules!!!

January 14th, 2010
10:03 am

jwr;

GOD i can’t WAIT too hear all the Lame @ss excuses when we win EVEN more NC’s! Especially when the SEC team (insert any name) is the VICTIM!!!!! What kind of bullsh!t excuses will y’all come up with then??? Well look at this way, y’all have a whole year to line ‘em up. We’ll be waiting.

Fight On!

p.s. I told my idiot half brother to stay away from my computer last night. We are SC!!!

p.s.s. L.A./Hollywood or the outhouse/Dollywood?? I pick L.A.!! (So do you if you had the guts to be honest)

Bill

January 14th, 2010
10:04 am

Remember Tim Floyd, one of America’s greatest failures in the basketball coaching profession. He was a medicore college mentor at Iowa State when he befriended Chicago GM Jerry Krause and suceeded Phil Jackson as the Bulls Coach. It was a disaster! A few years later, he showed up at USC, had a few medicore seasons and was relieved of his duties. It seems as if USC has a great ability to hire medicore coaches for important position. Lane Kiffin fits their qualifications!

Will

January 14th, 2010
10:14 am

Big Tone,

You know I am a UGA homer and a UT hater. But UT fans should not be upset that Lane Kiffin has left. Did anyone see that press conference last night??? If you told me Kiffin was on meth or something I would believe it. The man couldn’t stay still, I almost got see sea sick watching him bounce from side to side. Then his face got bright red when he was caught in a lie about the early class situation at UT. This guy is a train wreck and UT should be lucky they don’t have to wait another 4 or 5 years to find out. I still can’t believe CMR let this hack beat us this year.

TommyJack

January 14th, 2010
10:17 am

TN has the right man right under their noses. Kippy Brown.

Hello?

January 14th, 2010
10:31 am

I felt bad for the UT for just a second, until I remembered that they had no problem when they hired Lance Thompson (hired from Alabama) and he started heavily recruiting Bama committs – same thing. Just doesn’t feel as good when it’s happening to you, does it?

Wm Muschamp

January 14th, 2010
10:39 am

How many times do I have to tell people – I am not going anywhere! I am in the best City, at the best university, learning from the Master. I have the richest pool around me from which to recruit, I have incredible talent already on the roster, and I am in an incredibly stable environment. Why the hell would I want to leave all that?? Get realy guys!

Ramblin Wrecker

January 14th, 2010
10:39 am

Given the backlash of the Lane Kiffin fiasco, I wonder if Tennessee will get anybody who is a current head coach. The timing is poor. I’m sure there are lots of current head coaches who’d love the Tennessee job, if it was open in early December, but not two weeks shy of February. It just puts you at a disadvantage in recruiting and with the loss of patience, that first recruiting class is key in being successful. If you get off on the wrong foot you might be fired in 2-3 years. So Tennessee is left to comb the ranks of the unemployed college coaches or looking for hot assistants or NFL coaches to fill the vacancy.

bamafan

January 14th, 2010
11:26 am

This gives new meaning to the Al Davis comment “Lane Kiffin is a flat-out liar.” And folks thought Al was becoming demented, in addition to mercurial. This quote may surpass the most famous of all Al Davis’s quotes: “Just win, baby!”

and to the blogger who said that there is no “professional football in LA,” the NCAA findings may dispute that!!!!!

ridely#7

January 14th, 2010
11:39 am

what a joke….

Not a limp-wristed lib

January 14th, 2010
11:42 am

You’re right, “Ed = buffoon”, we know what you are …

Steven Daedalus

January 14th, 2010
11:47 am

You all are forgetting the perfect candidate for the nearest nothing school I have ever been to or seen, Elmer Fudd, he speaks the perfect dialect,all the players and fans would understand him immediately and he he would fit right in.

RayFinkle

January 14th, 2010
12:03 pm

UT will hire a fine head coach. The thing is that the SEC has no off season. We fans love to talk about the future, what the team looks like, what happened last year. UT fans are going to be wallowing in the unknown. The fact is that you dont know how good your team is until the first of Septemeber.

So if UT hires Kippy Brown and all the UT fans sulk and complain the whole summer, Rememeber this: nothing matters until the win-loss record begins. That being said…… nothing sucks like a big orange.

RayFinkle

January 14th, 2010
12:04 pm

oh and UT still has Bryce Brown

Tom

January 14th, 2010
12:41 pm

Kiffin leaving is a blessing in disguise. Tony, you are right. He TALKED a great game, that’s about all he did. Fulmer’s loyalty to the university is so deep, he wouldn’t leave. The administration made him leave. Which is wrong.

Pete Carroll wanted more $. Why else leave USC? Kiffin was a California guy, so he’s where he needs to be. Muschamp would be a fool to take the Tennessee job. Kirby Smart could take it, but its not the best move. His best move would have been to come to Georgia and get out from under Saban’s shadow.

Indiana Vol

January 14th, 2010
12:42 pm

My 3 choices when before Kiffin (aka The Weasel) was hired were Brian Kelly, Jon Gruden and Chris Peterson (Boise State). With Kelly now at ND, I am replacing him with Gary Patterson (TCU). If Peterson and Patterson can recruit and win at Boise State and TCU, imagine what they could do with a much larger recruiting budget, better fan base and better facilities at Tennessee!

As for the Weasel and USC, I hope the NCAA shuts down the program because of the cheating and that sorry SOB has to rebuild the program from scratch!

Thrashers moving to Quebec City

January 14th, 2010
12:47 pm

The team garnered zero support from negroes.

Flagboy

January 14th, 2010
12:53 pm

You’ve really got to work at it to make Al Davis look good.

Gen Neyland

January 14th, 2010
12:53 pm

From KNS : Air Force football coach Troy Calhoun has scheduled a meeting with his players at 5:50 p.m., according to the Colorado Springs Gazette.

There were no indications what the meeting concerns.

59bulldawg

January 14th, 2010
12:54 pm

ESPN is reporting that Derek Dooley is a possible candidate to replace Kiffin. Derek Dooley? I know he’s a fine coach but all the dead UGAs would roll over in their graves if Vince’s boy became the coach of the Volunteers.

See link below

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=4825513

Kiffen WINS!

January 14th, 2010
12:58 pm

Congrats to Coach Kiffen for returning to the superior USC,and LA! I hope he gets all the recruits to move with him! Nobody wants to be amongst the hicks of Tennessee! NOBODY!

atlvol55

January 14th, 2010
1:12 pm

Tony,

I wish I could agree with you…the facts are Tennessee football is set way back by this. I was still on the fence as to whether or not Kiffin could coach…however, he could recruit and that is what TN has to have to be competitive.

Just look at the facts: Besides possible Kentucky, no SEC state produces fewer major college football players. Of the 23 committs we DID have, 1 was from the state of TN and that isn’t that unusual…that is why it was so impressive that Fulmer and Kiffin could recruit as well as they did…TN just does not have the advantages of the Florida’s, Georgia, LSU, Alabama, etc.. with in state players…that’s not sour grapes…that facts

atlvol55

January 14th, 2010
1:14 pm

Looks like Trou Callhoun from Air Force is our next coach…wow…can you hear the excitement in my voice….ugh..he may turn out okay…but this isn’t exactly going to put fear in anybody.

Sigh…maybe I can start rooting for the Lady Vols…I guess that’s all i have

timthebrave

January 14th, 2010
1:22 pm

If I was a TN fan I would be happy to get rid of Kiffin. You may lose a few recruits this year but at least you won’t be on probation next year.

RayFinkle

January 14th, 2010
1:27 pm

Calhoun is an excellent choice for the Vols.

Hunker Down

January 14th, 2010
1:32 pm

Let’s see, USC is under probe. SEC has won 4 straight NC. But a job with the PAC Ten is better? Wonder if the Rose bowl made a change and started placing the winner of the PAC Ten against the winner of the SEC how the PAC Ten would fare.

massvolfanatic

January 14th, 2010
1:35 pm

CLK will do fine at USC…and whatever is left of the Vol recruiting class at least will be there because they want to be. I’d rather see players play for the Vols then for a top draft position anyway. Money and greed are ruining the best game there ever was.

Buckeye Fan

January 14th, 2010
2:05 pm

The opening of the job at USC caught everyone by surprise and that led to Kiffin’s having a decision to make. He is a California guy with ties to USC and so it really wasn’t a surprise to me. To me, the best hire for Tn is David Cutcliff. He has done a good job at Duke and can bring offensive improvement to any team he joins. He also is familiar with the SEC and should still be at Ole Miss, so recruiting won’t be as bad off as it could be. You would also have a long term commitment with him.

We can debate for ever the pluses and minuses of one conference versus another and never reach agreement so the best thing is to get a new coach and move on.

Mikey in SAV

January 14th, 2010
2:06 pm

Shoot, at the rate Lane Kiffin is going, he will be offered the Head Coaching job at Indy to coach number 18 for $500 million per year some time within the next year or 2.
The guy could fall out of an airplane and live to tell about it….

SOOHSO

January 14th, 2010
2:16 pm

Willie M. is available.

budd

January 14th, 2010
2:18 pm

The only people who are glad Lane Kiffin is gone from UT are the rest of the caoches and fans in the SEC. That’s why they are all so happy on this blog. Kiffin proved he knows offense, can handle a QB, recruit the athletes needed to win, and his father’s D was great. Whoppins were coming to the likes of fl and ala and they knew it.

WonderDawg

January 14th, 2010
2:35 pm

ESPN reporting Muschamp has turned down the UT job to stay at Texas.

Ron Mexico

January 14th, 2010
2:49 pm

Skip Holtz just went to USF – Hearing that Calhoun from Air Force is getting the UT job.

Ron Mexico

January 14th, 2010
3:07 pm

JobHopper

January 14th, 2010
3:15 pm

How many National Championships has SC won? How many Heisman winners? How many NFL HOFers?

SC is a better job than Tennessee. It is as obvious as LA being a better city than Knoxville.

Ron Mexico

January 14th, 2010
3:28 pm

USC was down in the 80s and 90s, but as a destination coaching job – especially after the way Carroll built it up – it is one of the top 5-6 in the country (Alabama, Texas, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Michigan, recently Florida, and maybe Florida State). Schools with national fan-bases, tradition, recruiting, etc. Schools where once a coach is in the door, no one talks about them leaving (ie, Les Miles looked at to go to UM, but no talk of Mack Brown ever thinking about moving up). Tennessee is a great position, but it’s not in the elite group. USC is.

McDawg

January 14th, 2010
4:02 pm

Given what has been going on at UT both basketball and football-UT should fire Hamilton and hire Fulmer as AD not coach

gdawginkalamazoo

January 14th, 2010
4:06 pm

General Neyland, I think that 5:50 meeting for Calhoun and Air Force just means that it is a 10 minute walk to the Dairy Queen for ice cream and Brazier burgers.

braves70

January 14th, 2010
4:11 pm

Breaking news: Air Force Coach Calhoun is staying at Air Force

http://www.tennessean.com/article/20100114/SPORTS0601/100114064/Air+Force+coach+not+leaving+for+UT

Troy Calhoun will remain as Air Force’s coach in 2010, according to a statement posted on the school’s web site.

Statement:

“We are more than grateful and proud to be closely involved with the character building of our cadets and the mission of the United States Air Force Academy. We are diligently recruiting and working with our team to prepare for the upcoming season. We look forward to coaching and being a part of the Air Force Academy team both on and off the field in 2010.” – Troy Calhoun, Air Force head football coach

Next up: Derrick Dooley? How bout that Dawg fans?

Mr. Thomas Anthony Jones

January 14th, 2010
5:06 pm

The USC Trojans football team will be alright. The SEC has many violations. Wasn’t Alabama on probation for several years. And I’m sure we can find some dirt on Alabama again. Do not point fingers, sir! it is impolite. We love the Trojans!

Bill

January 14th, 2010
5:14 pm

Why is Chris Peterson from Boise not getting a bigger push? I could care less if he doesn’t have the suppossed southern ties. He’ll get them. And he can hire staff that has those ties.
The man can coach. Get him to Knoxville!!!

DawginLex

January 14th, 2010
5:18 pm

Cutcliffe is the guy. I have no love for the Vols but I am glad he is getting another chance to coach at UT and in the SEC. He got completely hosed by Ole Miss. Maybe he can whip the Rebs and get even. :)

Now Duke is in a pickle. They will have to go with an assistant.

cantondawg

January 14th, 2010
5:29 pm

David Cutcliffe is the one coach that i hoped Tennessee would not hire. He has absolutely torched our defense when he coordinated UT offense. I always thought he was a better coach than Fulmer.

Stat Man

January 14th, 2010
5:59 pm

All Vol fans have to be ESTATIC they could pry a coach away from that annual football powerhouse DUKE!!!!!!

govols

January 14th, 2010
6:29 pm

The more I read about Kiffin and Orgeron, the happier I am they are both gone. Tennessee is a special place, too good for them. Anyone will be better. SoCal will be as bad as the part of town they are in and return to the role as the second best team in the city behind UCLA.

Buckhead Bulldog

January 14th, 2010
6:46 pm

I hope a player clocks him, and makes him cry like the baby he is…BAM!

jojatek

January 14th, 2010
7:21 pm

Great piece here… couldn’t agree more. Kiffin’s style (poor man’s Steve Spurrier) and recruiting tactics were already making UT the laughing stock of the SEC (kudos to the high school recruits he was chasing in Georgia for having the maturity to see through that BS). Over time, Kiffin would have set that program back ten years or more. USC is too much, too soon for Kiffin… he is in way over his head and out of his league now… he will struggle, and Cutcliffe will shine at UT… Vols will have the last laugh…

Tide Rising

January 14th, 2010
7:53 pm

Cutcliffe would be the perfect choice for UT. First he is an excellent coach. He did well at Ole Miss and they canned him after one bad season which was a transition season after Eli and a great senior class left. And he has certainly done a great job at Duke. He’s exactly what they need at this point. A mature, steady guy who happens to also be a fine coach and even more important than that is that he WANTS to be there for the long haul.

atlvol55

January 14th, 2010
8:31 pm

You know you are in trouble, when Alabama and Georgia fans are praising your soon-to-be next head coach….I like Cut and we were better with him, but he’s not going to take us to championship levels…old and not a very good recruiter..

Honestly, would any of you take Cutcliffe over Meyer, Saban, Richt, or probably Miles or Spurrier…..crickets….I didn’t think so

Lane

January 14th, 2010
8:35 pm

Personally do not fault Kiffin, for departing Knoxville.

He is Southern California, person as is his wife. The move to Knoxville, had to be a culture shock.

He apparently is a great salesman. Betting Pete Carroll made the recommendation for the hire!!!

gbal

January 14th, 2010
9:14 pm

Bradley and Schlutz are hackers…Do not post on their sites …. want them GONE

cmon now

January 14th, 2010
9:14 pm

hey jesse,
would you be trumpeting cutciffe to take over the uga program???

Kook Kiffin

January 14th, 2010
9:39 pm

SC Rules!!!

January 14th, 2010
9:56 pm

hunker down;

the PAC 10 IS BETTER, USC is BETTER and L.A. is the BEST!!! What the h@ll don’t you get with this??? “Goin’ to Cali”!!! That is the tune on all the recruits I-Pods right now!!! They don’t sing songs about K-ville, well unlesss you count the ones like: “My wife is sleepin’ with my Daddy, my truck done broke down and my dog done run off with the poodle down the lane, what am I gonna do”?? “I LOVE L.A.”!!! I LOVE IT!!! USC Trojans football & the Song Girls; nothin’ could be finer!

Fight On!!! Win Forever!!! L.A. is BETTER!!!! SoCal rocks!!!!

hind tit

January 14th, 2010
10:01 pm

news flash.dna test prove without dought that lane kiffin is son of eddie haskell.
this just in, haskell jumps off golden gate bridge.

Cutcliffe=bandaid

January 14th, 2010
11:12 pm

Not a long-term hire but a short-term “fix.” Scrambling at best; desperate at worst. UT scared to death they’re going down the drain in ‘10.
But, what do I know? I knew LK would be a disaster when UT hired the done-nothing spoiled brat. Brain surgery this ain’t.

GATA

January 14th, 2010
11:24 pm

Why isn’t Cutcliffe… (Posted on 1/14 at 10:26 p.m.)
being burned at the stake for walking out on his recruits and University just as school starts back. I am sure Cutcliffe promised these young men and his University that he would be there for them. I am sure they “bought in” and are our mad / sad.

Kiffin has caught 100x the hell that Kelly did and Kelly walked out on an undefeated team before there BCS game. What is so special about Kiffen that evokes such emotional reactions?

Grow up guys, it’s a business.

Raintdog

January 15th, 2010
12:01 am

RomeDawg

January 15th, 2010
12:21 am

I sure hope they hire Paul Johnson and his lame a$$ high school offense in Knoxville so UGA can be guaranteed atleast one SEC East win every year. Hey Argo, the numbers read like this: (30-24) (339) (8 out of 9) (73-66). It must suck to be a bee in the winter, bwahahahahahahah.

RomeDawg

January 15th, 2010
12:23 am

Hey Furman Bisher, that was Willie Martinez who OUTCOACHED the “great” Paul Johnson, wasn’t it?

Tron Carter

January 15th, 2010
12:54 am

Nukeeseville in shambles

Not even David Cutcliffe with all of Kiffin’s helicopters and girls for hire can save the damage

tick tock tick tock

Recruits bailing each second

No gas station is safe

Red Dog 77

January 15th, 2010
2:01 am

As a UGA grad that bleeds RED and BLACK…….I have all the respect in the world for the good people of Tnn. Your program just took a major hit, and there may be more to come when all of Kiffens shenanigans are uncovered…..But keep the faith !!! I keep telling my friends in BULLDOG nation that college football in general goes in cycles…. Our day will come and so will yours….. Enjoy the prospect of rebuilding….After all I believe that is what it is all about…. how we can get better…. and the cycle will turn and turn and turn …..Ever noticed how there seems to be some kind of major surprise every season ? Yes that could be anyone.

Kiffin Returning Too Soon?

January 15th, 2010
8:55 am

Is Kiffin returning too soon? Is there a statute of limitations on violations? Could he and some of his “crew” been part of the problems prior to him leaving for the Raiders?

Game Coach

January 15th, 2010
9:16 am

Let’s just say,,,that in 2009 Lane Kiffin and his staff OUT COACHED the great sun-tan Marc BEATING and UGA. Question his coaching ability if you want but always remember HE BEAT UGA and the great sun-tan Marc.

braves70

January 15th, 2010
10:06 am

With Cutcliffe removing himself from consideration at UT, attention turns to Derek Dooley.

Shelbyville (TN) Times-Gazette: Who is Derek Dooley?

http://www.t-g.com/blogs/dannyparker/entry/32552/

Dooley is the son of Georgia legend Vince Dooley. So, if Mark Richt steps down or is removed from his position as head coach in Athens, would Dooley want to pull a Kiffin and jump ship to return home to his “dream job?” It’s worth worrying about.

That may be the reason why no deal was able to be struck with Muschamp. Some say he and UT reached an agreement in principle, only Muschamp wanted to be able to opt out of his contract to return to Texas, where he is the coach-in-waiting, or to Georgia, where he once played.

Tron Carter

January 15th, 2010
10:24 am

Why would Cutcliffe leave one stepping stone job for another?
Kiffin made UT a second rate “waiting for a real caoching job” position.

KNukeeseville in shambles
No gas station is safe
Recruits bailing each second
Your man Orgeron is ripping your program apart

Kiffin = This years' Obama

January 15th, 2010
10:41 am

Somebody mad the analogy on here and it was spot on. Kiffin getting the job at USC is like Obama getting elected President. It is all about style. As we have seen with Obama, style does not equal substance. Kiffin will probably go 7-6 at USC too.

Miles

January 15th, 2010
10:42 am

UT fans should be happy Kiffin is gone…bring in Edsall or Petersen and then the future will be bright…

Kiffin = This years' Obama

January 15th, 2010
10:45 am

Kiffin has done nothing to merit the job at USC just as Obama has no experience to be Commander-in-Chief. Maybe Commander-in-Thief. Just shows how gullable American society has become.

gtcivil

January 15th, 2010
11:07 am

Even Duke is a better job than UT. So much for the vaunted SEC. Barnhart you are such a homer!!!

UT should hire....

January 15th, 2010
11:17 am

Bobby Petrino!!!!

Petrino has the morals, integrity and class that it takes to fit in at the University of Tennesee, NONE at all!

Sun Devil Dave

January 15th, 2010
12:26 pm

USC is a hasbeen – Football in L.A. is like snow in Miami. What will be interesting is when Tennessee plays the Rose bowl while USC plays the Boise bowl. Now for TN – Sorry guys, that was a bad deal, but you do bring it on yourselves by hiring a hollywood showgirl ah guy. Nothing in California is real but the surgery. Go DEVILS!

Dan

January 15th, 2010
2:15 pm

gtcivil

UT being unable to hire a coach with deep ties to the Vols away from Duke certainly indicates Tennessee is not quite the gem of a job Tony thinks (thought? – maybe now he will reconsider) it is.

GATOR88

January 15th, 2010
2:17 pm

UT FIRED FULMER and all he did was what-win 85% of his games???? I can’t blame Kiffin for leaving, this is a business and these days there is no loyalty. That being said, Tennessee should have never hired the guy and while it sucks now it’s a pay now or later scenario. And I think the paying later would have been drawn out a longgggg time. UT is lucky to get rid of this guy and this will look like a freaking blessing in 9-12 months. What should happen is UT’s AD should get fired or put on the hotseat!!!!

Dawg Tired

January 15th, 2010
2:21 pm

Tony – “Tennessee will be better off without Kiffin.” You have a keen grasp of the obvious. I’m assuming his wife would be better off without the jerk.

braves70

January 15th, 2010
3:15 pm

Looks like Vince’s boy might be UT’s man

From Knoxville News-Sentinnel:
http://www.govolsxtra.com/news/2010/jan/15/reports-tennessee-hiring-dooley/

Dooley, who has been the coach at Tech for three seasons, canceled end-of-the-season meetings with his players on Wednesday and left Ruston to meet with UT officials on Wednesday and Thursday, according to the Gannett News Service. Dooley was also the athletic director of Louisiana Tech since March 2008.

Dooley, 41, is 17-20 at Louisiana Tech with a 12-12 record in the Western Athletic Conference. Tech went 8-5 in 2008 and won the Independence Bowl. Dooley has a law degree from Georgia and a bachelor’s degree in government and foreign affairs from Virginia, where he played receiver.

Dooley is the son of legendary Georgia coach Vince Dooley. Derek Dooley coached under Nick Saban as recruiting coordinator and tight ends coach from 2000 to February 2003, then was named special teams coach and running backs coach for the 2003 and 2004 seasons. Dooley followed Saban to the Miami Dolphins where he was tight ends coach in 2005 before accepting the Louisiana Tech job in 2006.

Dooley came highly recommended by Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp, who was thought to be one of UT’s first targets. Muschamp, however, decided to stay at Texas.

braves70

January 15th, 2010
5:46 pm

Latest: Dooley to be introduced as new UT coach 9 PM (EST) press conference.

Thank you Dawg fans!

SC Rules!!!

January 15th, 2010
7:07 pm

sun devil dave,

when was the last time ASU palyed in ANY game that mattered let ALONE a BCS bowl game????

Go in from the blast furnace that is the desert and drink some cool refreshing water and gather your senses. Oh, wait, just like any high school player in AZ worth a damn, we get them and all your water too! WE ARE SC!!!!

Fight On!!!

Derek Dooley

January 15th, 2010
7:14 pm

Can you imagine Derek Dooley going up against the likes of Nick Saban or Urban Meyer in recruiting top tier athletes? Kinda scary aint it UT fans? This kid is gonna get his clock cleaned in the sec.

BuLLdawg

January 15th, 2010
10:09 pm

Tony Barnhart, you are a jerk and every thought you just wrote is really stupid.

Derek Dooley, walk-on Academic All-ACC receiver at Virginia, UGA Law Degree, becomes famous overnight at $2.4 million dollars a year for 5 years.

Nick Saban Disciple both at LSU and the Miami Dolphins, he left the NFL to be head coach and then also Athletics Director at Louisiana State of the WAC.

He doesn’t or hasn’t thrown the football, which doesn’t surprise any UGA fans.

$12,000,000

That’s more than Vincent J. Dooley ever made by a long wide margin.

In Stark contrast to the impetuous aggressive arrogant presumptuous Lame Kitten hired by Mike Hamilton, Derek Dooley is smart, conservative, and very rich.

I know, he had 2 losing seasons sandwich his one good year the year before last at Louisiana Tech, but here is the common thread of Mike Hamilton’s 2 most recent hires as coach : Dooley lost many close ballgames. Moral Victories. Here, he will fit in well with the vols, whose hatred for everything Bulldog finds them reaching into the WAC to steal their head coach to come coach for the vols.

Running the football makes your Defensive Stats look better.

I expect Derek Dooley to bring some respect back to the vols long-suffering football program both in the classrooms and off Cumberland Boulevard.

Win and losses ?

That hasn’t been a priority for the vols in a long time, now.

Strengths :

(1)Classroom, Coach Dooley is a smart young man.

(2)off Cumberland Boulevard, Coach Dooley is a conservative who will not put up with that stuff any more.

(3)Respectability by saying the right statements instead of every wrong statement by every vols’ head football coach ever, in the past, this also will be a huge improvement finally for the former Hillbillies of college football.

(4)Wins and Losses might well follow, and if they don’t Coach Dooley got Vince and Barbara twelve million dollars for taking care of them in their old age, with a huge helping hand by his mentor Nick Saban of Alabama, and it does seem that Nick Saban’s Disciples actually all are extremely good at Coaching.

I know you wall expect me to criticize this choice, but I do not, I actually like it.

Coach Dooley, this is a refreshing change, finally for the vols.

It’s going to be great having a conservative, smart, student of the game, with a pedigree in coaching second to none in whom he has studied under, to the North finally, for a change. I never in my lifetime thought that any of Coach Dooley’s values were of any importance to anyone with the vols, ever.

I applaud this choice. I doubt it will change anything with the vols but if he stays there 5 years, that would be great wouldn’t it ? Just imagine, no more laughing at the vols’ head coaches’ stupid hillbillies idiotic wild crap.

It changes the entire outlook of the vols, instantly. Now, if the vols’ fans can change to his type of good person…

…wait, that is asking too much. Who knows, some truly good guys may finally even play on the football teams for the vols one day. I will hold my breath on that one too, and hope beyond hope that we see Coach Dooley’s values rub off on the worst bad boys of All-Time ever in the nation.

And, a national abomination of a football program for some time now.

Good Luck vols, but I have got to share with you that Coach Dooley doesn’t fit in with the rest of you Hillbillies, you yahoos.

TrueCrimson

January 16th, 2010
1:29 pm

USC fans seem really hellbent on insisting that EVERYONE wishes they lived in LA.

Are you just trying to convince yourselves, or have you never actually been anywhere besides LA?

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