Lane Kiffin, Lane Kiffin, Lane Kiffin, Lane Kiffin!

Somebody calling himself “Brew” had a funny comment Thursday in the thread underneath my blog about Lane Kiffin and Tennessee “striking again” by landing the commitment of Gainesville linebacker A.J. Johnson.

Wrote my man “Brew”: You have cracked the double secret code to success in your field. In a world, where circulation numbers are dwindling and internet hits are gold, you realize that using the word “Kiffin” in your headlines means mega-hits for the AJC. This story alone will garner fifty thousand hits . . .

I had two immediate thoughts about this: One, is Brew my boss? And, two, I wish it had been 50,000!

So as an experiment this morning we offered the all-Lane-Kiffin headline. I’ll let you know when we get to 50,000 hits.

But seriously, writing anything about Kiffin does generate all kinds of reaction. You know it, I know it and he knows it.

Perfect example: Kiffin was on the SEC coaches teleconference call on Wednesday and he went out his way to let everybody listening know that he was out on the road recruiting at a high school in South Carolina and that’s why there was noise in the background. He also managed to work that he would be in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida and Georgia before the Vols’ open week is concluded.

In fact, Kiffin is going to be in our fair city tonight. I’m told he’ll be at James R. Hallford Stadium in Clarkston for the nationally-televised game between Martin Luther King High School and Stephenson High School. My sources say he plans to make a big entrance, too, flying in on a helicopter and landing at Clarkston High School across the street from the stadium. I’m also told he had a public relations flak send word to ESPN letting them know he was going to be there and offering an interview opportunity off-site beforehand (it’s against NCAA rules to do so at a high school game).

Now there’s nothing new about such tactics. I’m sure everybody watching the Byrnes-St. Thomas Aquinas game two weeks saw Florida coach Urban Meyer there on the sidelines talking on his cell phone and hobnobbing with several NFL-playing former Gators that just happened to be there, too. And there’s a very good chance you might see coaches from several other major programs patrolling the sidelines at Hallford Stadium tonight as well.

What you won’t see is anybody from the University of Georgia representing. And there’s a reason for that.

The Bulldogs, as you probably know, have a game against Vanderbilt on Saturday at 12:21 p.m. in Nashville, Tenn. Georgia’s coaches will be there going through its pregame rituals and meetings Friday night and preparations for the all-important game will begin very early Saturday morning. Now next week, when the Bulldogs have a bye before heading down to Jacksonville for the Florida game, you’ll see coach Mark Richt and his coaches all over the place.

That’s the breaks sometimes in recruiting. You can bet if the Vols had a conference road game they wouldn’t be at the M.L. King-Stephenson game either. But they didn’t, so Kiffin will be here and you’re likely to see a lot of him.

Like it or not.

A couple of notes:

  • Two Atlanta-area stars — Henry County wide receiver Markeith Ambles and Douglass defensive lineman Garrison Smith — were visited by U.S. Army soldiers this week to receiver their official invitations to the U.S. Army All-America all-star game in ceremonies at their respective schools. The all-star game, played Jan. 9 in San Antonio, does similar presentation for every prospect its invites. Ambles (Tennessee),  and Smith (Georgia) have made  their colleges choices and were AJC Super 11 selections. . . . Warner Robins defensive tackle Jeffrey Whitaker was to receive his official invitation Friday afternoon at his school. . . .
  • Georgia State basketball coach Rod Barnes got his first commitment from an Atlanta basketball prospect this week. DeVonta White, a 6-foot point guard from Centennial High School, chose the Panthers over the College of Charleston and Georgia Southern. Barnes got another commitment from 6-6 swing man Harold Doby of Augusta a couple of weeks ago. The early signing period for the 2010 incoming class begins Nov. 11.

132 comments Add your comment

GarDner

October 16th, 2009
6:06 am

When you talk about some of these athletes ( high profile) if you mention Obama it will generate alot of hits to your site.Or you could piggyback on the other guy at the AJC and have LINBAUGH as your headline.Or you both could supplement your income by doing some radio spots,you know like the ESPN guys (Mortenson et al)

GarDner

October 16th, 2009
6:08 am

Or heck , just throw out the phrase ” 911″

GarDner

October 16th, 2009
6:10 am

By the way I got the first two spots.

Ezekiel

October 16th, 2009
7:00 am

Lane Kiffin has only generated 3 responses so far so perhaps his name isn’t as gold as we thought. Never seen a guy try to squeeze as much out of 1 win as the Kiffer. Hope he enjoys it ’cause that will probably be his only win over us for a long while. Talk Bulldog football at: http://www.dawgbark.com

Coach Mark Richt

October 16th, 2009
7:00 am

Dont worry guys, any kid that commits to another school in this country “WE DID NOT OFFER”!!!!! IWe are UGA, we get everyone we offer, I promise!!!! We dont lose commits to crappy schools like Tenneessee, Florida or Alabama. They are second rate programs, we are UGA.

Lame Kiffin

October 16th, 2009
7:08 am

All you recruits out there: If you come to Tennessee we’ll make sure all your term papers are written by tutors. You don’t have to do a darn thing. And the NCAA won’t punish us for it either. You’ll get a good educashun at Rocky Top!

Go Vols

October 16th, 2009
7:09 am

Tennessee is going to have a top 5 recruiting class this year and in years to come thanks to Lane Kiffin and co.

Elliot Garcia

October 16th, 2009
7:12 am

Lane Kiffin is riding dirty….

Rocky Topper

October 16th, 2009
7:13 am

One of Coach Kiffin’s main sellin points is all them good-lookin mamas in the stands at Neyland. We don’t like them skinny model types up here. Pleasingly plump is what we go fer. If you become a Vol, you kin date one!

Steve Spurrier

October 16th, 2009
7:26 am

Thanks a lot dawgs for giving Lame such a big victory. No one in the league wanted this guy to win a game but you let us all down. We all want to see him pumping the gas after a 4 win season.

ornery

October 16th, 2009
7:27 am

For Tennessee, Lil Boy Kiffin is the right guy to replace Fillin up Fulmer.. It remains to be seen if he has the good stuff to hold up over the long haul. The main thing as compared to Richt is he has passion and willing to go and execute for the good of the team. and I think if a player or coach doesn’t perform he will let them know about it. Will be interesting to see how Lil Boy Kiffin handles the pressure of collegiate football year in and year out and produces the win. If he succeeds lot of people will be eating crow..

Saint Crompton

October 16th, 2009
7:30 am

((((( uga football ))))) hahahahahahahaha

Boots

October 16th, 2009
7:50 am

Kiffin is too concerned with his own publicity to focus on his team. He’ll be a flash in the pan — and four or five years down the road, we’ll be saying, “Who was that egotistical little Ahole who used to coach at Rocky Top?”

Reality

October 16th, 2009
7:51 am

Of course, kicking GA’s butt won’t hurt his recruiting either.

Bill Bates

October 16th, 2009
7:54 am

If the Georgia Players can not keep a Georgia Driver’s license how are they supposed to understand CMR’s 20 year old Florida State playbook.

Al Davis

October 16th, 2009
8:00 am

DON’T MENTION THAT NAME AGAIN!!

Gen Neyland

October 16th, 2009
8:01 am

Chip Towers. Chip Towers, Chip Towers, Chip Tower!

50,001 will come…

North Avenue Ned

October 16th, 2009
8:03 am

If Paul Johnson and Mark Richt can’t keep up with Kiffin, that’s their fault, not his.

Football Porn

October 16th, 2009
8:09 am

Try “porn” next time for SEO gold, porn brotha.

As a Vol fan, I can see Kiffin is doing everything legally possible to build a winning team by hiring a stellar coaching staff and recruiting star players. His brash style may be natural, but it’s also a necessity. He has to differentiate himself from the “stately” coaches of the SEC and elsewhere by playing up his youth as an asset rather than a liability.

Porn.

On a Hallowed Hill in Tennessee

October 16th, 2009
8:27 am

To “Coach Mark Richt.” and the recruits in the Georgia vicinity. You SHOULD consider playing at Georgia, so you can be redshirted for sure for your first year, arrested for riding a scooter, and get you a@# beat by Florida and Tennessee every year…….

dawgster

October 16th, 2009
8:29 am

The Tenn coach may get some very good recruits for a while, but be patient everyone, this staff will eventually land on probation, his staff rides thet fence and will come back to haunt him someday. I’m sure you could make the case that alot of teams ride that fence, but the Vol coach or coaches seem to publically display their arrogance, and i’m sure these young kids love some of it, but with an ego like he has it will eventually be his undoing….

kcvol

October 16th, 2009
8:31 am

Hard to know what CMR thinks since there’s no sign of a pulse, but there’s no doubt Kiffin has gotten in Urban Cryers head, not bad for a coach of a team that went 5-7 last year

Urban Cryer

October 16th, 2009
8:32 am

Ezekiel…REALLY?

“Never seen a guy try to squeeze as much out of 1 win as the Kiffer. Hope he enjoys it ’cause that will probably be his only win over us for a long while.”

I guess 4 out of the last 6 over UGA isn’t convincing enough…shall we go back to 9 in a row? UT has owned UGA for so long, we pay property tax on the campus. UT will beat the Dawgs unmercifully.

Mark Richt in mourning......

October 16th, 2009
8:33 am

…I can’t keep my team out of jail….now and I can’t keep them out of fourth place in the SEC Least…..but I’m a really nice guy!!!!

Richard Dawson

October 16th, 2009
8:34 am

Maybe we (UGA) can hire Kiffin while he’s here. In half a season, he’s already proven he’s a vastly superior coach to Richt.

ugaaccountant

October 16th, 2009
8:35 am

Yeah, because we sure redshirted Smith, Ealey, Charles, Wooten, Brown and others this year. At UGA if you are ready to play, you will play.

At Tennessee I smell probation for recruiting violations in the next few years.

Urban Cryer

October 16th, 2009
8:36 am

Hey Spurrier…
“Thanks a lot dawgs for giving Lame such a big victory. No one in the league wanted this guy to win a game but you let us all down. We all want to see him pumping the gas after a 4 win season.”

Your beating is coming soon. See ya on Halloween, without the Great Pumpkin. Come forward, and receive thy comeuppance.

Urban Cryer

October 16th, 2009
8:36 am

“Maybe we (UGA) can hire Kiffin while he’s here. In half a season, he’s already proven he’s a vastly superior coach to Richt.:”

Uh, yea…he has.

GoVols

October 16th, 2009
8:37 am

I continue to wonder why are Dawg fans soooo hostile towards the Vols? Sure, there are always people who rub it in your face when the opportunity presents itself, but that happens everywhere. Kiffin has no history of major violations – sure, he has an ego, but what coach doesn’t these days? Be the best you can be, Dawg fans, and focus on your successes, not others’ issues. As an aside, I am continually amazed at how many articles about UT land on ajc.com. Is this particular column really newsworthy – the gist of it is: Kiffin attends local HS football game.

Urban Cryer

October 16th, 2009
8:38 am

“At Tennessee I smell probation for recruiting violations in the next few years.”

No, you’re HOPING for recruiting violations. It makes you feel better about getting beat now, and allows you to think that this sinking feeling will pass. It won’t.

kcvol

October 16th, 2009
8:38 am

According to documents released Tuesday, the NCAA in responding to Alabama’s textbook appeal called Alabama a “serial repeat violator” with an “abysmal infractions track record” and an “extensive recent history of infractions cases unmatched by any other member institution in the NCAA.”

Do you not think ALL the SEC coaches see what Alabama gets away with and ends up #2, and the media just shrugs it’s shoulder.

SEC Fan

October 16th, 2009
8:46 am

In 5 years UT will have some type of serious recruiting violation and then it will put another bad rap on the SEC.

CrazyVol

October 16th, 2009
8:46 am

Love it, Love it, Love it…… Never in my life have I seen the AJC hit on a Tennessee Coach so much. Lane’s not really doing anything special that the other SEC coaches arent doing. You guys just got used to Fulmer sitting on his butt not rocking the boat. Theres a new sheriff in town.

Gen Neyland

October 16th, 2009
8:49 am

What I read between the lines from many Georgia fans on the blogs is an acceptance of getting beat by Florida on practically a year by year basis and the angst of losing to Tennessee in any year. The hope that Kiffin will get Tennessee put on probation is but a feeble attempt compensate for your loss(es). Worry about what’s going on in Athens. That will fill your day…

BULLET TOOTH TONY

October 16th, 2009
8:51 am

You should never underestimate the predictability of stupidity.

UT

October 16th, 2009
8:52 am

How afraid of UGA/Richt is Kiffin is he says they will NEVER loose to georgia? Can the dogs take another FL team they loose to every year (and it’s starting to look like Tech may make it 3)?

ps
LSU 2 out of every 6 years
Alabama 2 out of every 6 years
Auburn every other year

Sounds like country music at the Nashville bowl, for a program that spends Mega Millions, this is the kind of return you only get from AIG.

bamvol

October 16th, 2009
8:54 am

Dawgs see the writing on the wall…You’re not stupid

A Rob

October 16th, 2009
8:54 am

If Tennessee football was a stock traded on the open market, it would be rated a “buy and hold” at this point. Ga stock? Well, maybe sell and wait for the bottom.

Vol in Suwanee

October 16th, 2009
8:55 am

I hope Kiffen finds the players he wants in his system and then coach them up. Yes he is flashy but what is he compared to Fulmer? Find them, sign them, coach them and win > simple formula. I think UGA is missing the last two factors if you listen to UGA “fans”

Knelson

October 16th, 2009
8:55 am

Last win at Georgia for a while? You must be in Athens ! Tennessee whipped you with 9 Freshman. They are only going to get better year after year. Georgia from the looks of things you’re NOT !

dawgster

October 16th, 2009
8:59 am

GoVols, i’m sure the dawg fans in the past have given your team some grief also, so i’m sure what is being said about the dawgs is fair game, i have always tried to be respectful and act like we have been there before, thats how i played and coached over the years, but i have to say the AJC seems intent to keep this in the news and rub in our face, and yes right now things are not as they should be in Athens, but i truly believe we will come regroup, so for everyone that wants to bash the dawgs, have at it, but things do turn around..As far as Kiffin having no history of major violations, lets see how many years has he been a head coach for a major university?..Just something to think about as he seems to bring alot of attention to himself and the team, and in just a short period of time has been reprimanded by the SEC and i believe the NCAA for things he has said and done, and eventually if the pattern continues he will get your program in trouble, but only time will tell

Yeah

October 16th, 2009
8:59 am

Go Tennessee The new coach is bring it . UGA needs to upgrade ,stop sitting on their butt looking to Scout and Rival to do all your work. Only looking at stars. Go Tennessee!!!!

Vol Nation

October 16th, 2009
8:59 am

We whip that but (3 times in 4 years and all butt whippins)and we’re cheaters? Dogs are the biggest bunch of excuse making crybabies anywhere. Fighting SC for 3rd place in the Divison is where you belong LOOSERS.

AJC owned by Kiffin, Myer or Johnson

October 16th, 2009
9:02 am

Why is the AJC in love with every coach Georgia plays. They kiss up to them like they do Obama. Is Bobby Johnson some kind of god?

78 DAWG

October 16th, 2009
9:04 am

One lucky win doesn’t make you anything, just ask Florida. Our whole team will celebrate in your endzone next year. The DAWGS have been the top team in the SEC for the last 20 years, check the FACTS! Next year with Aaron Murray 12-0 NC, LOL!

Joe

October 16th, 2009
9:05 am

Lane is building a fence around Georgia.

Proud Nerd

October 16th, 2009
9:12 am

Hate to tell you GA fans, but losing to TN maybe worse than losing GT. Your going to hear from Lame for the next year as he obnoxiously recruits GA. Especially if TN doesn’t win any other significant SEC game. Please don’t lie down next year!

Vols on the rise

October 16th, 2009
9:19 am

78 Dawg Tennessee is 13-5 vs Ga over the last 20 years.

dawgster

October 16th, 2009
9:22 am

The Vol coach according to the AJC is offering every kid they talk to, i’m quite sure he can’t sign but a certain amount, lets see, maybe 20-25, in one year, as far as the fence around georgia, i clearly doubt, what happen to the fence around Tenn last year, he probably will get some kids from georgia just as a lot of programs do in this state and other states, their alot of talented kids in the state and all of them can’t sign with one team, i still believe the Vol coach needs to prove the success of his program on the field the next several years, then he might earn some respect from other teams and fans, the only ones that probably have much respect for him right now is the Vol Nation, and that is to be expected, beating the dawgs this year proves only one thing, and that is they were better than us this year, and as much as we all want to believe our team will always win, for a coach to say he will never lose to a team as long as he their coach is astounding, the truly great coaches that have earned the respect of others would never say that about an important, i asure you the statement by the Vol coach has been filed for future use, and there will be some that will not forget it…Now time to hear from the Vol Nation in defending his comments, do you really think that he can pull that off?

Lane Train

October 16th, 2009
9:24 am

Go Vols cant wait to see Kiffin signing kids out of Georgia for years to come.This is just another great idea from this incredible staff