By DARRYL MAXIE / firstname.lastname@example.org
There is joy at Tennessee. The Volunteers have snagged a commitment former Florida player, and anytime they can beat the Gators, unbridled glee pulses from Neyland Stadium.
So, bring coach Lane Kiffin the finest meats and cheeses in all the land. And you can bring defensive tackle John Brown, the former Gator-turning-Volunteer — after a short stop at Northeast Mississippi Junior College — the sheet music to “Rocky Top.”
Even Brown acknowledged the unusual move in a conversation with rivals.com’s Jamie Newberg.
“It seems a little weird going to Tennessee, being a rival and all,” said Brown, a 6-foot-2, 285-pound lineman who added that he’ll probably sign in December. “But it’s the best place for me.”
Brown wasn’t specific about his reasons for leaving the Gators just before spring practice started.
“IIt was a whole bunch of stuff the last few years for me,” he said. “I just need a new start.”
The advantage of his move to Tennessee is it will unite him with the coach he wanted to play for, when he left Lakeland High in Florida. Former Ole Miss head coach Ed Orgeron will be his position coach.
“I wanted to play for ‘Coach O’ since high school — it just didn’t work out back then,” Brown said. “Now, I just can’t wait to play for him or for Coach Kiffin. They will get it done there. And then I get to play for Monte Kiffin, one of the best coaches in football. That’s a great coaching. It’s one of the best in all of football.”