Florida sees red; UT coach Lane Kiffin sees ‘free advertising’

Lane Kiffin appears to be getting into the heads of the reigning BCS champions.

Several Florida football players say that photos of Kiffin are hanging in the team’s locker room because they are angry about the lack of respect for Gators coach Urban Meyer, according to a published report.

What does Kiffin think of it all? He was asked about the situation during an interview with the AJC on Tuesday. “I think it’s pretty neat that the Tennessee ‘T’ is in the Florida locker room,” Kiffin said. “As recruits go through there visiting, they get to see our Tennessee ‘T.’ So I guess you call it free advertising.”

On Feb. 5, the day after National Signing Day, Kiffin told Tennessee fans at a breakfast that Meyer and the Gators had cheated in recruiting while trying to sign Nu’Keese Richardson. Meyer called Richardson while he was visiting Tennessee, which is not a violation. Richardson switched from Florida to Tennessee near the end of the recruiting process. Kiffin was reprimanded by the SEC.

Meyer has said little publicly in response to Kiffin’s accusations. But behind the scenes, Florida’s players and Meyer have been sending text messages to each other, according to ESPN.

“[Kiffin] could have done that behind closed doors,” Florida cornerback Joe Haden told ESPN. “To put our coach out there like that for something he didn’t do was crazy …”

“When we heard about it, the players were sending Coach Meyer text messages telling him, ‘We’ve got your back.’ We’ve got a family bond here, and when somebody attacks somebody in your family like that, it’s on then.”

According to ESPN, Black said Meyer made it clear that he didn’t take anything Kiffin said lightly. “Coach was texting us, and we were texting him back. We’re there with him all day long. He’s our coach.”

Also on Tuesday, Kiffin told the AJC that he was finished with apologizing to Florida coach Urban Meyer [Click here to read the story]

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  • 38 comments Add your comment

    Brew

    March 24th, 2009
    7:28 pm

    CUM doesn’t respect Richt. He watched as Richt orchestrated a celebration and then spent the next 364 days distancing himself from it and trying to play it off. CUM knew the Dawggies were done well before the game was played because CMR didn’t back up his tiny show of attitude.
    Now, the Gators are putting up posters of CLK right next to their ones of the Jonas Bros. and the UF AD ran crying to his buddy the commish to make mean ole Lane apologize. That didn’t make CUM look weak at all.
    It’s going to be fun this fall.

    Toovols

    March 24th, 2009
    7:25 pm

    U DAM SURE WONT PUT 49 POINTS ON MONTE KIFFIN ! AND LIKE KIFFIN SAID HE IS IN YALLS MINDS WE MAY GET BEAT BUT 2010 U COME TO US! NJOY THIS YEAR MAY BE CRYERS LAST 4AWHILE! LOL

    renegade

    March 24th, 2009
    7:11 pm

    What part of SHUT UP does Lame Kitten not understand?

    Bird Dog Tavern

    March 24th, 2009
    6:59 pm

    Bryan G-

    Totally agree

    Bryan G.

    March 24th, 2009
    6:28 pm

    Lane Kiffin has done the impossible: made me want to root for Florida.

    I can’t wait to see what the Gators do to UT in the swamp this year. I think the line on that game should be Florida -49

    Attorney TN

    March 24th, 2009
    6:25 pm

    I would love to acquire the cell phone records of what was exchanged via text messages btw Urban Meyer and the Florida players.

    Atlanta Gator

    March 24th, 2009
    6:00 pm

    Okay, am I reading this correctly? First, Lane Kiffin falsely accused Urban Meyer of cheating. Now Kiffin is taunting the Gator football players. Wow.

    Gotta say this much for him. He’s got self-confidence to spare.

    TommyP

    March 24th, 2009
    5:47 pm

    Joe Haden: “Did you hear that Kiffin called you a cheater?”

    Urban Meyer: “OMG….IDK…LOL…BRB…”

    Urban is so cool.

    Wade

    March 24th, 2009
    5:42 pm

    Kinda like UGA getting in UF’s head last year. Difference is I think Urban respects UGA and Richt. Not so much with blunder boy

    Jim

    March 24th, 2009
    5:35 pm

    Scratch my early 2009 prediction in the other blog. Revised Early 2009 Prediction: Florida 63 Tennessee 0