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

    Postmoreflyerspleze!

    March 25th, 2009
    4:38 pm

    U can bet that clk will be runnin at least 3 to 4 diff tail backs and loadn the back field witha full back and that defense will FEEL REAL SMASH MOUTH FT BALL! BANK IT!

    GATORZONE

    March 25th, 2009
    1:09 pm

    brucemac, as long as you don’t lose hope. you can dream all you want!

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

    JustCallMeChamp

    March 25th, 2009
    11:44 am

    I guess the bottom line to all this discussion is…if it walks like a duck and talks like a duck and acts like a idiot…it must be Lane Kiffin…

    Bruce Mac

    March 25th, 2009
    11:12 am

    Enough of all the revenge motivated Gator talk. They are doing so much mouth running it will back fire on them sooner than later. Yea, 2009 will be a good year for the Gators, they don’t need alot of motivation, they are better than everybody else. But this too will change and payback will be sweet for the Dawgs when it comes and don’t doubt it is coming. GO DAWGS

    alphaorange

    March 25th, 2009
    10:20 am

    CLK has put ALL OF THE PRESSURE on the gaytors. Our team can go down there playing wide open and loose because they aren’t expected to win. On the other side the gaytors are expected to win big. The first time bad things happen to them or the Vols do something big, they’ll get tight/anixous….that’s to the Vols favor. If the gaytors do win big, no harm done that’s what is and has been happening for the past 3-4 years.

    1eyedJack

    March 25th, 2009
    9:24 am

    Too bad they only get to play each other once next year.

    N Dub

    March 25th, 2009
    8:56 am

    What a joke Lane Kiffin is. He should listen to his mentor Pete Carroll and worry about coaching football. Florida will win this game by 50 points. Getting Coach Meyer and Coach Strong angry is the last thing you want to do if you hope to beat Florida. I guess the Vols can resume their regularly scheduled role as Florida’s whipping child.

    [...] was plastered throughout the locker room as a reminder of his insults, he responded by saying that he was happy to get the free advertising. He needs to ask the Dogs what it feels like to have been the target of Urban Meyer’s [...]

    LawDawg

    March 25th, 2009
    6:52 am

    If the Gayturd players are with Cryer all day everyday, as J. Haden claims, why in the heck are they text messaging each other? I doubt very seriously Cryer is hanging wit da homies in cell block C!!

    TampaGator

    March 25th, 2009
    5:55 am

    Yeah, the Vols will be ready, especially your QB when he faces the best and fastest defense in college football. Good luck, Lane. You and your team are going to get crushed, and all SEC fans are going to enjoy the moment. The Gators will be taking all 4 of their TO in the last 15 seconds…because they will not need them before then. Final score: 60-10! And that is with the Gators second and third strings playing most of the 4th quarter. And, NuKeese, I hope you make it onto the field.