Lane Kiffin boasts about success of Tennessee’s topless recruiting

Kiffin (KNS/S. Young)

Lane Kiffin says Tennessee’s infamous shirt-ripping stunt on Junior Day was “the best story you could ever have” for recruiting football players to Rocky Top.

The topless tactic was perhaps the most creative and most bizarre recruiting strategy in SEC football history. Tennessee had many of the nation’s top 2010 prospects on campus, and the Volunteers went to extreme measures to make sure they remembered the trip, as reported by the AJC. [Click here for a full recap].

Kiffin talked extensively about the benefits of the controversial method to CBSsports. ”It’s the best story you could ever have. You can’t get all these recruits on your campus. You’ve got to convince them to take an official visit. What better way when they read about this.”

“We had numerous kids the next day [say] this was the best junior day I was ever at. They had a blast. They said, ‘These coaches are so intense, so high energy. You can tell they’re going to win here. Tennessee is at the top of my list now.’”

Kiffin says he kept his clothes on for the Feb. 28 adventure. It was Tennessee’s assistant coaches that ripped their shirts off, WWE style. They sprinted with several Tennessee players, including All-America defensive back Eric Berry, and the junior prospects to the front of the room to form a moshpit. They jumped up and down together, while hollering and screaming “U-T, Wild Boys. U-T, Wild Boys. U-T, Wild Boys.” Loganville tailback Storm Johnson said things got so crunk that “even the podium got knocked over.”

There were mixed emotions among the prospects, but many seemed to like it. “It was awesome,” Brookstone tight end Brian Vogler said. “I didn’t know how to react at first. I said to myself, ‘Oh my God, these people are crazy.’ Then after talking to them later in the day, I realized that’s just their style. That’s how they go.” 

Lane Kiffin is claiming everything was planned. We said it a month ago. Click here to read “Lane Kiffin May Get the Last Laugh”

 

Lane Kiffin and UT recruiting coordinator Ed Orgeron have elevated to rock-star status from Internet humor. Click on photo for full effect (found on the Vol fan site Losers With Socks),

Lane Kiffin (left) and UT recruiting coordinator Ed Orgeron have elevated to rock-star status from Internet humor. Click on photo for full effect (found on the Vol fan site Losers With Socks)

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179 comments Add your comment

Gijoe

May 22nd, 2009
1:48 pm

Coach Kitten will always sparkle as a recruiter, he is after all just a little bit older than the kids he is recruiting. he knows their language, their music, their mindset and yes he knows how to push their buttons. He should know all this, because that is where he is at mentally as well. If ever someone was seriously overmatched for the job before him, than this is the classic example. UT has tremendous history and tradition. With the great recruits they will bring in (at least the first 2-3 years), they will be respectable. What the UT faithful want though is something different than respectable. UT fans want to challenge/compete for the SEC championship every year. Sadly for them, this will not, and cannot happen under the “boy coach” who is dreadfully unprepared to deliver the results of a Saban or Meyer, who got their jobs because they earned them. The best coaches in the league are guys who earned their stripes actually coaching and leading programs to success. They have proven themselves to be able to run championship caliber programs based upon their accomplishments, not their daddy’s resume’ or the success of Pete Carroll. Kitten got this job while literally never doing anything in the sport outside of recruiting well for one of the best college programs in the country that every great recruit wanted to attend already. And trust me, that “recruiting” staff he assembled, has little success actually coaching games. A bunch of car salesman assembled to collect talent in order to “hide” their coaching deficiencies. Even the great Monte has been away from the college game a long long time. Without him on that stuff however, this would have been an unmitigated 100% disaster.

GooberVol

March 29th, 2009
2:27 am

jerry lewis

March 26th, 2009
1:29 pm
Yeah, Orgeron had the same energy and antics at Ole Miss for 4 years and didn’t win squat. At some point they still have to coach, and NONE of them have a good record as a head coach. Gimmicks will not win the SEC.

Ole Miss had a pretty good year this past year as I recall remember??? And Ed Orgeron recruited those players so please look up facts before you post some of this crap, and he left for more money in the NFL.. And those gimmicks you mentioned sure seemed to work when he was at USC along with Lane Kiffin…

jerry lewis

March 26th, 2009
1:29 pm

Yeah, Orgeron had the same energy and antics at Ole Miss for 4 years and didn’t win squat. At some point they still have to coach, and NONE of them have a good record as a head coach. Gimmicks will not win the SEC.

justahfan

March 24th, 2009
2:21 pm

DawgMan, There yall go again talkin’ that same ole same ole,”georgia will win the SEC.That’s cool,but while yall talkin that “Bull_h_t at least aim higher than the SEC.Thats why UGA can’t win a championship…because second best is fine with yall.

azduck

March 23rd, 2009
6:12 pm

Picture looks like junior night at a gay bar.

what?

March 23rd, 2009
11:02 am

Complete joke? Signed the #1 player in the country thats no joke. I’ve heard that Brown won’t be that great because he played weak competition, but Ya’ll never acknowledge that Washaun Ealey might have played the weakest competition of any top-100 recruit in A football. Brown was a standout at all the all-american and all-star games he participated in as well. Kfffin signed a top-10 class in 2 months which is incredible. So he’s rude and offensive, so are Nick Saban, Urban Meyer, and Steve Spurrier and as I recall they are pretty successful coaches with more National Championships than Richt has even though richt has signed nothing but top-10 classes since he arrived at Georgia. How about actually letting Kiffin coach before you pass judgement on his ability. Yeah he went 5-15 with the Raiders, a franchise that the NFL just needs to get rid of. Oakland is where high draft picks go to die. Just ask Jemarcus Russell. Al Davis is the biggest joke of an owner. Don’t get mad because Tennessee will beat the mutts this year in Knoxville.

tenn.DAWG

March 23rd, 2009
9:53 am

Simply put,Kiffy is an IDIOT.What makes it so funny is he’s turning the whole Hilly Billy High alums and fans into IDIOTS also.You dummies are burning all your recruiting bridges by putting down Georgia folks,and you know you win ABSOLUTLY NOTHING without Georgia folks.

gvillevol

March 22nd, 2009
10:55 pm

kiffin is going to be a great coach he is the new generation and you georgia idiots need to realize that, richt is too nice and done as little as possible with his talent to make all of you kiss his butt in five maybe six years georgia fans will be wanting him gone just like fulmer. book bit.

JustCallMeChamp

March 22nd, 2009
9:23 pm

What a Goober!