UT QB job comes with a serious price tag

By DARRYL MAXIE / dmaxie@ajc.com

So, you want to be Tennessee’s starting quarterback, do you?

Well, according to B.J. Coleman, the former Vol backup QB who transferred to Chattanooga, UT coach Lane Kiffin is leaving the job open because an apparent vacancy makes it more appealing to potential recruits.

And, according to Jonathan Crompton, the perceived front-runner, the position can come with a much more serious price: He says he received death threats as the Vols struggled to a 5-7 season, though he never alerted anybody at the school because, according to what he told the Knoxville News Sentinel, “You don’t say ‘Poor me.’ ”

Crompton has taken serious flak in his time at Tennessee. But whatever the fans thought, Crompton seemed like the job was his to lose. So much so that Coleman left the Vols in April after declaring he wasn’t getting “a fair shake” from the coaches.

On the surface, Coleman had the superior spring stats: He completed 41 of 60 for 425 yards, with four touchdowns and no interceptions. Crompton was 31 of 70 for 324 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. But Coleman’s work was mostly with the second team, Crompton’s with the first.

What does that have to do with recruiting? Just this: Though it did not quote the former Vol directly, the News Sentinel reported that “Coleman claimed that Crompton was given the inside track because the coaching staff wanted UT’s quarterback position to appear more vacant and, subsequently, more desirable to the high school prospects they are recruiting.”

That’s either good news or a cautionary tale for guys like Jake Heaps, Andrew Hendrix and Jesse Scroggins — quarterbacks from the Class of 2010 who have piqued the Vols’ interest.

Kiffin says the starting quarterback’s job is about one thing and one thing only.

“The quarterback will be the guy that we believe gives us the best chance to win,” Kiffin said in an e-mail to the News Sentinel.

16 comments Add your comment

The General Feeling

June 1st, 2009
3:02 pm

Where is Micheal Carvelle? He is much better than this Maxie clown.

justwunderin

June 1st, 2009
3:34 pm

Word I hear out of Knoxville is he wouldn’t rip his shirt off and praise Lil Lane

Vols_1

June 1st, 2009
3:53 pm

Coleman self-defined that he was not an SEC QB by transferring to Chattanooga. The good news is that his dad is a former teammate and good friend of the new head coach at UTC. Coleman will be much better off at a school where he doesn’t have to compete for a starting job.

gtforever

June 1st, 2009
9:27 pm

OH, whatever, UT sux. WHO CARES!

Vols Make me Laugh

June 2nd, 2009
7:17 am

Listening to the Sports Animal talk show in Knoxville is like listening to a bunch of “Yes Men” around Obama. Oh yes UTk is the greatest ever. Oh yes UTk has the greatest tradition in the history of organized sports. Oh yes UTk has the best stadium. Oh yes Smokie is the best dog on the planet, probably the universe. Oh yes UTk will win the MNC this year, we do every year, ESPN just hates us and wont recognize it. And they hate us because we are the best every year. Oh yes Knoxville is the most beautiful city in the world. Oh yes the Vol Navy is the coolest tradition EVER. AND THE BEST ONE……Oh Yes we really DO like Lane Kiffin. He has the best record of any college football coach ever. He is the greatest of all time!! Vols..what a bunch of self important douchebags.

Mac

June 2nd, 2009
7:19 am

The UT sports information department came up with the lie that Lame Kitten intentionally lamely runs his mouth without having any accomplishments in order to raise the program’s profile. It’s a load of BS. The man’s just an idiot.

Mac

June 2nd, 2009
7:47 am

Hey, General, this is Maxie’s pad.

Bob

June 2nd, 2009
8:38 am

UTK’s new coach is classless. BJ Coleman is better off with a coach with some class than the village idiot known as Lane.

Ken

June 2nd, 2009
9:05 am

Kiffen has a hot wife though. You have to give him that. Maybe all you UT boyz can just watch her.

Hey… Get her to take her shirt off ??? Yah !

masivatack

June 2nd, 2009
12:17 pm

“Coleman self-defined that he was not an SEC QB by transferring to Chattanooga.”

I don’t think that he could have jumped to another D1 program without sitting out a year. I believe there are exceptions made for some athletes, but that is in the fine print that I probably wouldn’t understand. I might be wrong, but someone with enough talent to perform how he did this spring would be able to compete at a lot of D1 schools.

VanDSIRROM

June 2nd, 2009
3:09 pm

Shhh…don’t tell the vol nation that kiffin is a dead-end lane…let them continue to believe he’s their savior…we wouldn’t want ut fans to start thinking they’re ‘the joke of the SEC’, now would we?
So, keep your mouths shut and it’ll be about 2 more years before they wake-up.

Jack

June 2nd, 2009
4:35 pm

Lane Kiffin will be the greatest coach in the SEC. Take your shots while you can, because you will be crying in 2-3 years.

billy garrison

June 2nd, 2009
8:26 pm

bad mouthing a new in coming coach and the ut football program shows no class mr. bob mac ken and gtforever

Flo-Ri-Duh!

June 3rd, 2009
11:48 am

I hope Crompton is UT’s QB … gtd loser!

Flo-Ri-Duh!

June 3rd, 2009
11:49 am

Lame Kitten should be ignored as the novelty of the day because he will be gone tomorrow!

Crimson Crush

June 4th, 2009
2:04 am

“Lane Kiffin will be the greatest coach in the SEC. Take your shots while you can, because you will be crying in 2-3 years.”

I am already laughing so hard I am crying . By the time “2-3 years” go by and the Vols realize what everyone else in the nation already knows I will be in complete soil my pants with laughter mode ;-)