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.”