The most hated man in sports is the raging brat Lane Kiffin

People hated Al Davis when his Raiders were winning. People hated Red Auerbach because his Celtics hoisted banners on an annual basis. People hated George Steinbrenner because he spent big and bought seven World Series rings for his money.

The common thread: People hate winners.

Which only goes to show how remarkable it is that Lane Kiffin, with a career record of 12-21 as a head coach, is the most despised man in American sports. A (partial) list of loathers:

• The aforementioned Davis, himself once the most hated man in sports.

• Raider Nation, a fan base that models itself after a biker gang.

• Urban Meyer, one of the two best coaches in college football.

• Recruiting analysts, who saw Kiffin’s ballyhooed Big Orange class of 2009 fall apart before it could get on the field.

• NCAA investigators, who are sick of hearing the words “secondary violation.”

• Mike Slive, the most powerful man in college football.

• Tennessee fans, who were left brokenhearted by this carpetbagger.

• Administrators at Florida, Alabama, Oregon, Washington and Fresno State — each school having received an apology from Kiffin’s latest employer over his unfounded charges that it had cheated.

• And now Jeff Fisher, who coaches the Tennessee Titans and who played collegiately at — wait for it — Southern Cal.

Fisher was peeved that Kiffin stole Kennedy Pola, who coached the Titans’ running back, a week before training camp commenced and did so without calling the NFL team to ask permission. (Of all the things Kiffin does badly, asking permission is among the worst.)

This guy, not to put too fine a point on it, is a raging brat. He calls to mind Jim Mora the Younger — the son of a famous coach, entitlement dripping from every pore, arrogance personified. But Mora actually won a little with the Falcons, at least at first, and he didn’t have to apologize one-tenth as often as Kiffin has.

Regarding Kiffin, there are two things that don’t compute: First, that big-name teams keep hiring him, and second, the incongruity of Monte Kiffin, a prince among football men, having sired this jerk. He we have living proof that sometimes the acorn does fall far from the ol’ tree.

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30-24 Dawgs - We Run This State!

July 26th, 2010
1:53 pm

I hate Lane Kiffin! (but Layla ain’t so bad..)

Mark Bradley

July 26th, 2010
1:57 pm

Duly noted, 30-24.

POAD

July 26th, 2010
2:02 pm

You forgot Bobby Patrio the Arkiesaw coach.

mclOUTh

July 26th, 2010
2:03 pm

Nate McLouth is the most hated man in Atlanta though.

Mark Bradley

July 26th, 2010
2:04 pm

Petrino doesn’t compare to Kiffin.

POAD

July 26th, 2010
2:05 pm

30-24 you hate Kiffin cause he is a joke with a better looking thiner wife, he is prettier than Richt, and by the way HE BEAT THE DAWGS. Now that is the real reason you hate him.

POAD

July 26th, 2010
2:06 pm

I don’t know MARK he did leave a note when he left.

mclOUTh

July 26th, 2010
2:06 pm

POAD…I am UT Fan…please stop making our school look like idiots. He was and is an idiot with a big mouth who can’t cash the checks.

45-19

July 26th, 2010
2:07 pm

Nachos

July 26th, 2010
2:07 pm

Figured you still had Saban # 1.

GeoffDawg

July 26th, 2010
2:07 pm

Maybe douchebaggery is a recessive gene. Both parents had to have it.

Taylor

July 26th, 2010
2:07 pm

Nate McClouth, Bobby Petrino, and Lane Kiffin
You had to kill one, let one coach your football team, and let one hit #8 for the braves. GO

mclOUTh

July 26th, 2010
2:07 pm

What would I rather have….Lane Kiffin coaching my team….or Nate McLouth playing CF? Hmmmmm…that is a tough call.

Dawg House

July 26th, 2010
2:08 pm

Don’t forget Mark Bradley. The most hated man in and around Athens when it comes to him beating dead horses.

David

July 26th, 2010
2:08 pm

Most people hate Lane Kiffin. Understood. But he is relentless in his quest to make his team and program better. Obviously, he doesn’t mind stepping on other peoples toes. It doesn’t faze him in the least to piss off the likes of Meyer, Saban, Richt, or Fisher. He works for his program and nobody else. He plays cutthroat in a cutthroat business.

mclOUTh

July 26th, 2010
2:08 pm

Petrino coaches my team, Lane bats 8th…and well we know what that does to Nate

Whopper Dawg

July 26th, 2010
2:08 pm

Mark, I would disagree, Kiffin has more numerous “transgressions”, but nothing that compares to the timing and the way that Petrino left the Falcons. That is the definition of a “no class”, but I will admit Kiffin runs second.

WayDog

July 26th, 2010
2:09 pm

Frankly, I love Lane Kiffin. It’s hard to beat the entertainment value. As long as he’s not the coach of one of my teams, I hope he stays around awhile. There are other organizations out there that deserve a Lane Kiffin, so let’s hope he keeps making the rounds.

POAD

July 26th, 2010
2:10 pm

I am guessing Isner didn’t win the Match Sunday? The dawgs haven’t been barking all day. Well, I guess they are all on-line filling out their UGA AD applications while slamming back some Jack on the rocks and dabbing the sweat from their pits with red panties. Sorry I had to say it. The Panty thing is going to have to last for the whole season unlike bobo’s good play calling.

mclOUTh

July 26th, 2010
2:11 pm

Can POAD be banned Mark? Does the AJC blog have that option?

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

July 26th, 2010
2:12 pm

i wouldn’t hold your breath, kiffin will be gone from USC in 3 years tops!!

GeoffDawg

July 26th, 2010
2:12 pm

Do you remember when blog comments used to be clever and witty? Neither do I.

Mark Bradley

July 26th, 2010
2:13 pm

We have that option, mclOUTh.

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Nachos

July 26th, 2010
2:15 pm

POAD owns the puppies.

Nice work!

POAD

July 26th, 2010
2:16 pm

did I upset you mcIOUTh? with what?

Cotton Top

July 26th, 2010
2:16 pm

I think I agree with you on this one MB… yikes, that’s scary! I’m looking forward to Kiffin and Harbaugh locking horns soon. BTW wonder what Kiffin will do when Mitch Mustain’s momma shows up? Epic

mclOUTh

July 26th, 2010
2:17 pm

Mark you have hit two home runs today. Quickly becoming my favorite columnist. I’ll buy the beer next time I’m at the Ted. Just keep the pressure up ok?

Pi$$onaDawg

July 26th, 2010
2:17 pm

what is up MARK?

mclOUTh

July 26th, 2010
2:18 pm

Anybody who speaks HIGHLY of CLK is just sad. I’m a UT fan and yes he beat the Dawgs, but I’m not proud of him being at our university. He is an embarassment to his father and the profession. Ask Jeff Fisher what he thinks of him today.

GeoffDawg

July 26th, 2010
2:18 pm

As an upperclassman, I wonder if Mustain is considering transferring? Sounds like Houston Nutt could use a new QB. Wouldn’t that be ironic.

KimZ'sPackage

July 26th, 2010
2:18 pm

slow news day with this one MARK you picked an easy target.

MyPatooti

July 26th, 2010
2:18 pm

A word of warning, if you come to TN. DO NOT under any circumstances even mention the name of Lane Kiffen. You could very easily end up with a black eye or broken nose. It has now become just a reflex, so be prepared. Here’s how bad it is, and this is BBBBBAAAAADDDDD! Even Vanderbilt students and players hate him! I do believe he would be considered an “illegal alien” if he tries to cross the border into TN. Now his wife, that’s a totally different story. That brings up an interesting question. How in “tarnation” did she end up with him? Dang, she must be a Saint!!!!

James Adams

July 26th, 2010
2:20 pm

Petrino can at least coach at the college level. The big Falcon fan in me wants Georgia to roll 70 + on Ark this year. The gambler in me loves Petrino and his OVER-whelming offenses. I couldn’t OVER-state how much I like Petrino as a college coach. Even the OVER-time rules in college haven’t helped me as much as Petrino’s high scoring teams. This post is finally OVER.

KimZ'sPackage

July 26th, 2010
2:21 pm

Slow day? Kiffin is an easy target.

The General Feeling

July 26th, 2010
2:22 pm

Mark, you are so right on this one! Volunteer fans held our noses all the while we supported him as our battle captain. The Volunteer Nation is much better without him around.

Time Out

July 26th, 2010
2:24 pm

Check out the “IT”S TIME (Lane Kiffen)” youtube video from a uTee fan.

GeoffDawg

July 26th, 2010
2:24 pm

James Adams – I’m not sure that Petrino’s proved yet that he can win at the big time college level. Conference USA, yes he dominated but he’s been pretty underwhelming in two years at Ar-Kansas. With Ryan Mallett as his QB, I think he has a lot to prove this season.

POAD

July 26th, 2010
2:26 pm

mcIOUTh kiffin is far from the first to bring disrespect to UT and he will not be the last. Enter Da’Rick Rogers! He is ready to carry on the UT tradition. Hold your head up mcIOUTh Your new coach now sounds and looks better than the VANDY coach. It has been deacdes since that has happened.

GeoffDawg

July 26th, 2010
2:26 pm

Who’s more hated in the SEC over the last 20 years – Lane Kiffin or Steve Spurrier? Don’t factor in Spurrier’s more recent kinder, gentler grampa demeanor.

James Adams

July 26th, 2010
2:27 pm

GeoffDawg….I think you OVER-looked my point.

It's a shame what he did to that dog

July 26th, 2010
2:27 pm

“People hate winners.”

No, actually people like winners. What people hate are people in the media who build up teams like USC and call those teams the “greatest ever” all while said team is cheating to win.

Also, people hate it when certain people build up players like Strasburg before they ever play a game.

St. Clarkston

July 26th, 2010
2:30 pm

Mark, don’t sell yourself short!

GeoffDawg

July 26th, 2010
2:31 pm

I do see a trend forming James Adams.

Phat Phil

July 26th, 2010
2:31 pm

If Lame worked at Home Depot (no offense to HD employees), Layla would not have given him the sweat off her butt to take a pill with. So glad Lame, Monte, and Orangutan are gone from KnoxVegas and I wish them many years of ill fate in Californication. Rocky Top!

Mark Bradley

July 26th, 2010
2:31 pm

My name was placed in nomination by our of AJC.com sports editors, St. Clarkston.

James Adams

July 26th, 2010
2:33 pm

One other thing. I GUARANTEE you, if ESPN did a ‘most hated’ poll solely between LeBron James and Lane Kiffin. LeBrone James West gets at least 65% of the vote. Hell, neither one of them are winners. ‘You may be heading SOUTH, but yo’ mama is riding WEST!’….heh heh heh..never gets old.

James Adams

July 26th, 2010
2:35 pm

It’s true, GeoffDawg, I won a lot of money (fake money of course) on the Boise-Lousiville bowl game years ago. I’ll never forget the old coward for that.

Asheville Dawg

July 26th, 2010
2:35 pm

How many wins does Lame Kitten come up with this year? Probation will be unkind to the Trojans. Oh well he did bring Layla along.

Bubba

July 26th, 2010
2:39 pm

Rocky Flop will always be home sweet home to me.Hows Derrick Rogers doing?