So what’s Lane Kiffin going to talk about now?

Lane Kiffin has done a lot of talking. What's he going to say now?

Lane Kiffin has done a lot of talking since being hired. Is he going to be tongue-tied now?

This should not be construed as celebrating the fact that three young men at Tennessee just irreparably damaged their football futures and possibly their lives with an unbelievably dumb decision. But a lot of people are laughing at Lane Kiffin right now.

Back on national letter-of-intent day in February, Kiffin, the new Tennessee coach, entertained Volunteer fans with a story about one of the team’s hot new recruits, Nu’Keese Richardson (video below). It seems Richardson, who also was being heavily recruited by Florida, was receiving cell phone calls from Gators coach Urban Meyer while he was taking his visit on the Tennessee campus.

Kiffin told the crowd at signing day that such a move was illegal and Meyer was “cheating.” Problem is, it wasn’t illegal and Meyer wasn’t cheating. That’s one of several times Kiffin has gotten into trouble for something he said since being hired.

That adds some irony to what happened early Thursday morning. Richardson was one of three Tennessee football players arrested and charged with armed robbery after trying to rob people outside of a convenience store at 2 a.m. All three players were prized recruits: Richardson, a freshman wide receiver from Pahokee, Fla.; Janzen Jackson, a freshman defensive back from Lake Charles, La.; Michael Edwards, a freshman defensive back from Cleveland.

We can’t predict how this case unfolds. But everybody who has been waiting to jump on Kiffin for something just got their wish. He actually has done a solid coaching job this season, given what he had to work with. The Vols are 5-4, drilled Georgia, 45-19, and had narrow losses to the top two teams in the nation, Florida and Alabama.

But this will be a distraction unlike any Kiffin has dealt with so far. Even if this was a random act by three teenagers, many will ask now if it’s a reflection of the coach’s first recruiting class or his program. Fair? Not at all. But when you come into a high-profile job in the SEC and seem intent on stirring things up, be prepared for what’s going to happen when something goes wrong.

QUICK UPDATE: Tennessee assistant head coach and recruiting coordinator Ed Orgeron said this at a Knoxville Quarterback Club meeting two weeks ago, when asked about recruiting tough guys: “We’re not angels and we’re not going to recruit a bunch of angels.”

Lane Kiffin’s signing day faux pas

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Victrola

November 12th, 2009
9:51 am

Dawg Fud

November 12th, 2009
9:52 am

Dawg Fud

November 12th, 2009
9:53 am

Armed Robbery? Are you freaking serious? This is awful.

Art Vandelay

November 12th, 2009
9:54 am

Karma is real.

calvin

November 12th, 2009
9:55 am

Just a guess, but football players are provided
with everything they need to live, except drug money.

DCJohn

November 12th, 2009
9:55 am

“. . . after trying to hold up a convenience story at 2 a.m” UT is so bad they have to hold up convenience stories? Man, I hope it wasn’t one of Aesop’s fables.

Art Vandelay

November 12th, 2009
9:55 am

Although, to be fair, they weren’t holding up a convenience store — they were trying to rob people in the parking lot. Not that one is any better than the other.

Rockytop

November 12th, 2009
9:56 am

At least these thugs will still get to wear orange

GoVols

November 12th, 2009
9:57 am

Brutal is the word for this. If it’s all true – and I assume at this point it is – he needs to kick them off the team and move forward. We’re showing progress on the field, so I’m hoping he establishes a precedent here on this type of behavior.

Ben Dover

November 12th, 2009
9:57 am

Wild Boyz indeed

Dawg Fud

November 12th, 2009
9:57 am

This is bad for football in general. I think a lot of people feel that football players are above the law. This is also terrible for the SEC. I would hate to be in the UT President’s or AD’s shoes right now.

The charges are so egregious that Kiffin will have no choice but to suspend the players accused in the alleged incident.

Yikes!

November 12th, 2009
9:58 am

UT = University of Thugs! HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!

Paul H

November 12th, 2009
9:58 am

Armed robbery? Probably just a half game suspension. Seriously though, if they are booted from the team I will be surprised. And that’s sad.

Cobb Dawg

November 12th, 2009
9:58 am

This is a prime example of “what goes around, comes around”. I’ve heard all kinds of crap from UT fans since Kiffin was hired. Especially after UT pounded the hapless Dawgs. A wise man once said that you say nothing when you win, even less when you lose. Sorry Kiffin and Vol fans, you should have acted more gracefully.

ATLVOL55

November 12th, 2009
9:59 am

Show them the door immediately! There is not much to investigate here…clearly guilty and serious…gone…today!!

Too bad for Jackson…he was having freshman all-american type season…probably just cost him millions….good luck at jacksonville st or whatever crappy 1-AA school you end up at

PMC

November 12th, 2009
9:59 am

Are you kidding? Everything else turned out well I’m sure he’ll find a way to use it to promote Tennessee.

Maybe it was staged to get more payola from the Tennessee boosters.

“See what our guys have to do just to get by!!!”

“It’s hard out here for a pimp.”

joe joe

November 12th, 2009
9:59 am

Good ole’ Janzen Jackson. He was the #1 safety in the country last year, a 5 star recruit that had been committed to LSU for 11 months. Out of the blue, he doesn’t sign w/ LSU on signing day. Well of all places he signs at Tenn the next day. Seemed to be a habit of that kind of activity going on there.

Hmmmmm

November 12th, 2009
9:59 am

I think they should all be suspended for 1/2 of their next game. That will teach them.

Gator McKluskey

November 12th, 2009
10:00 am

Who’s laughing now?I know it’s not Kiffin.He’s crying in his coffee!To bad Kiffin….your a fricking JERK just like your 3 recruits mentioned here!

gdawginkalamazoo

November 12th, 2009
10:00 am

Good bye Fulmer Cup ……… Hello KIFFIN CUP!

Wasn’t Nu’Keese the recruit that Kiffin STOLE from Urban? Then the kid goes all ARMED ROBBERY on somebody. Be careful of what you wish for I guess.

buckblue

November 12th, 2009
10:00 am

u reap what you sow….

Brew

November 12th, 2009
10:01 am

Kiffin had been proud, and rightfully so of no arrests and improved g.p.a. of the team since his arrival. I do not forsee him going lightly on this. Suspension until trial is over, and most likely gone for good.

Paul H

November 12th, 2009
10:01 am

Running a traffic light is one thing. But armed robbery? Really? You’re a highly recruited football player with a future that does NOT have to include crime and you go out and rob someone??

EW

November 12th, 2009
10:01 am

JS, not that it REALLY matters..but weren’t they robbing someone outside of the store? Your story says they held up a convenience store..well really you wrote convenience “story”…but i digress

gdawginkalamazoo

November 12th, 2009
10:02 am

Kind of being a hypocrite with the PRIUS then using a CO gun for the robbery? I guess Prius owners think that because they are driving a Prius they can cut corners on other moethods of CO output. That’s the problem with global warming.

GoVols

November 12th, 2009
10:02 am

Not sure how this is a commentary on Kiffin until he responds. As Jeff said in the blog, this is his first “crisis” of this sort. Save the abuse until he acts…or doesn’t.

jimmy

November 12th, 2009
10:02 am

3 freshman football players out at 2am.17 and 18 year old’s need supervision

One tin soldier rides away

November 12th, 2009
10:03 am

It is too bad! I’m not a Lane Kiffen fan, but you hate to see this happen anywhere in collgeg footbal. You have to try and give these kids a chance, and remember though they took a player a few years ago whom had sexually assaulted a Florida Coed on his recruiting trip there. My recollection is that UF, UGA, AU, all dropped him like a hot potato, but UT smiled and signed him. You can’t fix stupid.

Gator Fan

November 12th, 2009
10:04 am

Here’s what happened: One day prior, Kiffin had bragged about Ogeron, and how his team had no arrests this year. I bet Nukeese heard that and said, that ain’t like coach, telling the truth, I better help him keep his lying streak alive. What in the world are these players thinking! They have a free ride to play college ball and possibly make millions in the NFL. Why would they rob people, oh wait, turns out one of the players was suspended for a drug test failure. They robbed for money so they could buy drugs. What a pack of Wild Boyz kiffin is brining in. Sucks for their future, but it is justice.

Dawg Fud

November 12th, 2009
10:04 am

It is embarrassing for UT, those involved, their families, teammates, coaches, students and alumni.

I don’t think anyone on this board should be laughing about this incident.

I hope fellow Georgia Alumni will show some class and grace.

MR

November 12th, 2009
10:04 am

Why is this about Kiffin? These 3 players were recruited by other schools and chose to go to Tenn. Should he have asked each of them, “Hey you don’t plan to hold up a convience story (store) do you?” This is not about Tenn and football, this is about how 3 youngmen have thrown away their future. Come on football bloggers begin the name calling, it is all you understand.

EX-CON

November 12th, 2009
10:04 am

There won’t be any footballs to play with in prison but there are plenty of “OTHER BALLS”that they can play with..armed robbery…3 years to life!

Disney Dawg

November 12th, 2009
10:04 am

Does Monte have a defense for this?

Bryan

November 12th, 2009
10:05 am

You can’t spell THUG without a U and a T.

MR

November 12th, 2009
10:05 am

Gator Fan, how is this justice. You are sick.

Kennesaw Dawg

November 12th, 2009
10:06 am

“That adds some irony to what happened early Thursday morning. Richardson was one of three Tennessee football players arrested and charged with armed robbery after trying to hold up a convenience story at 2 a.m.”

This contradicts what is said to actually have happened in another article on AJC. They didn’t hold up the convenience ’story’…..they held up some people outside of it supposedly.

Steve Spurrier

November 12th, 2009
10:06 am

You can’t spell thug without UT.

Alabama Jack

November 12th, 2009
10:07 am

Didn’t he check their licenses?

pj

November 12th, 2009
10:08 am

A Prius eh? They could have had a really protracted police chase, considering the miles per gallon.

MR

November 12th, 2009
10:08 am

Gator Fan, good thing Fla did not get this player. Although they tried really hard. Maybe it was the thug factor that appealed to Fla

MR

November 12th, 2009
10:10 am

EX-CON, get out of the gutter.

EW

November 12th, 2009
10:10 am

gdawginkalamazoo…PRICELESS

These kids need to stop listening to rap music. REAAALLLL tough pulling up to someone in a PRIUS..with your WalMart special edition CO2 double action, hollow point pellet gun. Just because Wayne or Jeezy says it doesn’t mean you should do it guys.

Gator Fan

November 12th, 2009
10:10 am

MR: Obviously I was talking about the fact that if you commit a crime, you should be punished. What did you think, B/C I hate the Vols he or those players deserves this? PUhleease. No one does, I don’t think its sad though, its just stupid.

They made a stupid decision, and now they have to pay for it. Nothing wrong with saying that.

They committed a FELONY, therefore, they go to PRISON. That is justice,

Buckyvol

November 12th, 2009
10:10 am

The three of them should be cut loose ASAP. End of story. Doesn’t Kiffin have a press conference today? This is beyond idiotic. I do not understand this mentality (or lack thereof).

Can't spell STICK'EM UP without UT

November 12th, 2009
10:11 am

UT.. WILD BOYZ… UT… WILD BOYZ

bamaguy

November 12th, 2009
10:11 am

Anything less than those guys being kicked off the team and expelled from the University of Tennessee will be insufficient. I guess having “street cred” has its down side. Its a shame that those three young men, all of which were likely NFL players, just ruined their lives.

[...] So what's Lane Kiffin going to talk about now? . . . kiffin, the modern tennessee coach, entertained volunteer fans with a story with regards to one of the team' s hot new recruits, nu' keese richardson (video beneath). . . . Vol football players charged with attempted armed robbery near UT campus According to knoxville police section spokesman darrell debusk, nu' keese richardson, janzen jackson, and mike edwards were being kept at the knox county . . . Nukeese Richardson 10 By chris low safety janzen jackson and receiver nu' keese richardson, two of lane kiffin' s most prized signees from his introductory recruiting class, . . . Nukeese Richardson 11 A member of the ut sports data section confirmed to us that nu' keese richardson and janzen jackson were arrested with regards to 2:00 o' clock thursday . . . Nukeese Richardson 12 Kiffin did of course thank lil wayne for the street cred, i wonder if he' ll also thank nu' keese richardson, janzen jackson, and mike edwards for continued enhancement of said cred: kiffykins. nu' keese richardson, janzen jackson, . . . Nukeese Richardson 13 Espn or many other network could do an splendid documentary with regards to nu' keese richardson' s hometown. Unbelievably talented football players from a poverty stricken, crime filled area, which is in palm beach county, florida. . . . Nukeese Richardson 14 Share can' t ever say i come here and spread not one thing but good ut news. This one we aren’t certain where it is headed. Apparently nuke was mia at. Nukeese Richardson 15 nu' keese richardson. College choices; scouting report; latest news; statistics . . . nu ' keese richardson view photo gallery (3) . . . Nukeese Richardson 16 Nov 2, 2009 . . . college fantasy football player news: nu' keese richardson transfer on . . . tennessee freshman broad receiver nu' keese richardson wasn' t at . . . Nukeese Richardson 17 College football recruiting nu' keese richardson on espn. Com. Nukeese Richardson 18 Nov 2, 2009 . . . vols wr nu' keese richardson missing from practice. The related press; posted november 2, 2009 at 5:36 a. M. . . . [...]

MR

November 12th, 2009
10:13 am

One tin soldier rides away, why is this just bad for college football? This goes on everyday in our society.

JB

November 12th, 2009
10:14 am

Dosen’t much matter if Kiffen kicks them off the team – it’s hard to play ball from a prison cell.

MIke

November 12th, 2009
10:15 am

Love how this is the first arrest at TN under Kiffin, yet Saint Rich and Holy Urban has already have numerous ones this off season and season. Now, if it starts becoming an occurence like at UGA and UF, then you can start riding Kiffin.
On the other hand, I guess they were just trying to be like UF and Kiffin’s idol, Urban