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

    JustCallMeChamp

    March 25th, 2009
    4:35 am

    Talk is cheap, brother. So much so that you can’t spell “cheap talk” without a CLK.

    tyler

    March 24th, 2009
    10:03 pm

    LOL.. I love it that Kiffin has got into all the florida players head.. it’s sad the UF players need something to get motivated for a big game. Trust me, the VOLS will be ready for the gators and won’t back down!

    DeeMack

    March 24th, 2009
    9:01 pm

    I for one am not a Gator fan, but after all the junk Lane Kiffin has said, I hope the Gators KILL THEM! You don’t go talking smack and you just got here. Pleeeeeeeeze. He probably is a better college coach that he was an NFL coach. Time will tell whether he can put his money where his mouth is. Pretty soon it will be put up or shut up!

    sickofugafans

    March 24th, 2009
    8:59 pm

    I’m not too concerned about LONG TERM ramifications from Urban. After Tim graduates, he is headed to Notre Dame.

    JustCallMeChamp

    March 24th, 2009
    8:52 pm

    Never question Urban Meyer as a supreme motivator! His record speaks for itself. I am no longer concerned about our guys being complacent and satified with themselves this year. Thanks to Kiffin, there is plenty of motivation to go around. As for me personally, I have placed Kiffeys picture right in the bathroom urinal…which really helps motivate me to “stay in my Lane.”

    Bernie

    March 24th, 2009
    8:48 pm

    Coach Meyer’s term for all this BS is: Acts not Words! Meaning on the field of play.

    URBANSTOPTEXTNME!

    March 24th, 2009
    8:37 pm

    im with u former dawg why do all these gaytor fans go to rivals sites? to post? are thier none in FLA? IM A VOLS FAN BUT ALSO LUV THE SEC BUT THEY POST ON OUR SITES MORE THAN WE DO MAKES NO SENSE TO ME.

    Brandon

    March 24th, 2009
    8:36 pm

    Urban and Lane should get married.

    Former Dawg

    March 24th, 2009
    8:17 pm

    yea UGA got killed last year but get it Right, For the 2000 time Mark Richt did not send the whole team to the end zone. He told his team he wanted a celebration flag but had NO idea the whole team would leave the bench.

    sickofugafans

    March 24th, 2009
    7:57 pm

    Yep…CLK said something stupid…as stupid as sending your entire team out to the end zone to celebrate.

    Wow am I tired of seeing these same stories rehashed in this paper over and over and over again. Hey SHMUCK….find something, ANYTHING, new to write about!

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