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

    Jim

    March 24th, 2009
    5:35 pm

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

    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

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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

    Bird Dog Tavern

    March 24th, 2009
    6:59 pm

    Bryan G-

    Totally agree

    renegade

    March 24th, 2009
    7:11 pm

    What part of SHUT UP does Lame Kitten not understand?

    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

    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.

    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!

    Georgia Football…We Do Less With More

    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.

    Brandon

    March 24th, 2009
    8:36 pm

    Urban and Lane should get married.

    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.

    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.

    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.”

    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.

    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!

    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!

    JustCallMeChamp

    March 25th, 2009
    4:35 am

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

    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.

    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!!

    [...] 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 [...]

    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.

    1eyedJack

    March 25th, 2009
    9:24 am

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

    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.

    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

    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…

    GATORZONE

    March 25th, 2009
    1:09 pm

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

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

    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!

    JaxGator

    March 25th, 2009
    5:24 pm

    All you big talking vol fans, make sure to be at “the Swamp” on Sept. 19 so you can see your team and your lame kitten get humiliated. Yeah,kitten and the vols are in the Gators’ head like Richt and the Dawgs were last year.

    brick

    March 25th, 2009
    6:05 pm

    I really hate saying anything good about the Gators, but Meyer has proven he is an extremely good college coach. Id Kiffin has proven anything about his coaching ability it is that he isn’t a good head coach. Sorry Vols, not only is Meyer a great head coach, he also has a long memory, holds grudges and gets even. Monte Kiffin won’t help much when the Vol offense can’t get out of the shadow of its own goal.

    brick

    March 25th, 2009
    6:06 pm

    Enter your comments here

    gatorHater

    March 25th, 2009
    6:20 pm

    Meyer has been at Fl 4 years. 2 SEC’s. 2 NC’s. Never lost to Tenn or fsu. Lost to UGA in 07 with a one armed QB. Auburn beat him back to back and Tubberville gets axed! To my knowledge, he has shown nothing but class while winning or losing. Baby Kiffy should review his resume’ and read Meyer’s book! Then go beat maybe Vandy or Miss St and get the vols all fired up. The majicjack bowl would be a good start! Until then he shouldn’t have access to a mike

    gatorHater

    March 25th, 2009
    6:22 pm

    Hey Brick – Very thought provoking

    what?

    March 26th, 2009
    1:51 pm

    Why do the gators need motivation to beat Tennessee, is that to say they were taking Tennessee lightly before CLK’s comments?

    Jason

    March 29th, 2009
    11:05 am

    I love UGA or UT fans call Meyer “Urban Cryer”. Is that the best you guys can do? You can call him whatever you want off the field because you sure as hell aint getting it done ON the field! Personally I hope Richt stays at UGA for a long time, same for Willie Martinez. No fire from either one of them, just tanning and lots of hair product. Keep clinging to that hope of Meyer leaving because that’s all you got. Not even worried about Kiffin.

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