Ten@10: Lane Kiffin pointing fingers again, and apologizing

THE TEN AT 10:

Accusations fly as teams raid Lane Kiffin's USC Trojans for players.

Accusations fly as teams raid Lane Kiffin's USC Trojans for players.

1. Lane Kiffin has been pointing fingers again, and the Florida Gators got another  apology out of it as a result. It seems that Dillon Baxter, a 2010 USC signee from San Diego, named Florida among five teams he claimed illegally contacted him after the NCAA hammer came down on the Trojans this summer. But according to a story in the Orlando Sentinel, the Gators did nothing of the sort and USC AD Mike Garrett ended up sending a letter of apology to Florida’s Jeremy Foley this past week. Alabama also received an identical letter of apology from USC due to Baxter’s claims, along with Washington, Oregon and Fresno State. According to several published reports, USC filed a complaint with the Pac-10 in June that those schools were tampering with Baxter, a five-star prospect who signed with the Trojans in February. An investigation proved the accusations unfounded. The Pac-10 and USC have declined comment. You’ll recall that Kiffin, when he was at Tennessee last year, was reprimanded by the SEC after unjustly accusing Florida coach Urban Meyer of breaking NCAA recruiting rules. Kiffin ended up apologizing to Meyer and the Gators.

2. Speaking of USC, the Trojans have encountered a lot of comings and goings of late. On Monday, they got a commitment from 2011 linebacker recruit Kent Turene of Lauderdale Lakes, Fla. On Tuesday, they released Seantrel Henderson from the national letter-of-intent he signed in March. Many felt Henderson, a 6-foot-8, 330-pound offensive lineman from Minnesota, was the top overall prospect in the Class of 2010. Henderson reportedly will end up at Miami or Ohio State, but nobody knows for sure because he’s not talking.

3. Maybe Tennessee will come into play for Henderson. It certainly seems like Knoxville has become popular destination for USC refugees of late. The Vols have landed two players with Trojans ties in the last week. Junior defensive end Malik Jackson starts classes at UT today after filing transfer paperwork earlier this week. Last week, Matt Darr, the nation’s top-ranked prep punter and a one-time USC commitment, signed with the Vols. GoVolsXtra.com reports that the Vols sent a fax to USC with a list of names of current junior and senior Trojans they intend to recruit off their team. Jackson was one of the names on that list. He says he had no intention of leaving until he heard from UT coach Derek Dooley. Now Jackson says he hopes to help get more of his former teammates to follow him to Rocky Top.

4. Here’s a name I haven’t heard until now in regards to Georgia’s search for offensive linemen: Keith Lumpkin, 6-foot-8, 295-pound tackle from Jersey City, N.J. He included the Bulldogs in a top 10 he released just this week. Lumpkin attends St. Peters Prep, the same school as Savon Huggins, a four-star running back who also has Georgia high on his list. Florida is the only team among Lumpkin’s top 10 from which he doesn’t have an offer. His other finalists are Illinois, Michigan State, North Carolina, Pitt, Rutgers, South Carolina, South Florida and Wisconsin.

5. Speaking of O-line targets for the Bulldogs, Tarpon Springs, Fla., tackle Zach DeBell told me this morning he’s definitely coming to “Dawg Night” at Georgia later this month. DeBell (6-7, 265) is quickly emerging as one of the top line talents in the South. It will be DeBell’s third trip to Athens in the last three months. He lists the Bulldogs among his favorites, along with Clemson, Notre Dame, Tennessee and UCLA.

6. Texas running back Malcolm Brown has long listed Georgia among his favorites, but he didn’t mention the Bulldogs in his top three in a recent update by ESPN.com. Brown, who is ahead of Carver-Columbus’ Isaiah Crowell in both the Rivals and Scout rankings, said Alabama and Texas are his top two, with Florida State running a distant third.

7. D.J. Hill, a 6-foot-1, 215-pound linebacker from Newton County High, told GoJackets.com this week his current top three is Ole Miss, Virginia and Vanderbilt. However, he said Georgia Tech would probably jump to the top of that list should he land an offer. The Yellow Jackets have been actively recruiting Hill but have not yet offered.

8. The summer evaluation period for basketball began this week. According to AJC high schools reporter Michael Carvell, Greater Atlanta Christian’s Malcolm Brogdon may well be the most popular player for college coaches to scout. Carvell believes Brogdon, a 6-foot-5 wing, is the early favorite for Mr. Georgia Basketball in 2011. Milton High will be another popular spot for coaches. All five starters for coach David Boyd’s defending state champion Eagles have scholarship offers.

9. Offers are slowly starting to come in for Landmark Christian quarterback Carson Barnett. Furman has identified him as its top quarterback prospect, according to Carson’s father Douglas Barnett, and he’s working out at Samford this weekend.

10. Talked to M.L. King grad Mack Brown this week. The state’s top-ranked running back last year has been at the University of Florida for going on three weeks now. He reports that his troublesome hamstring is holding up and he has been doing well in summer workouts. It would appear redshirting is likely for Brown, with Jeff Demps, Mike Gillislee and Emmanuel Moody currently ahead of him on the depth chart. But reports out of Gainesville are that a recent ankle injury for Moody could open the door for Brown.

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114 comments Add your comment

FarmBoy

July 8th, 2010
10:08 am

JAXDAWG

July 8th, 2010
10:11 am

Matthews Dawg

July 8th, 2010
10:11 am

Matthews Dawg

July 8th, 2010
10:13 am

Crap 3rd! Congrats to Farmboy and JaxDawg! My job got in the way!! LOL!

DSG

July 8th, 2010
10:15 am

SmyrnaMan

July 8th, 2010
10:15 am

How bout them Vols!

BuddyColtrane

July 8th, 2010
10:15 am

Had a feeling that Brown would come down to Texas and Bama. UT is filling up quick, and he has to make a move soon. Maybe this puts us ahead with Crowell. We’ll see.

Lowcountry Bulldawg

July 8th, 2010
10:16 am

UT should have made all possible efforts to schedule USC next season. Pay the Bearcats off and let the fanbase seek redemption against Kiffin. It would have been a tremendous buildup for the game. The AD at UT should be getting roasted for looking to “scared” to make the game happen.

redeployed dawg

July 8th, 2010
10:17 am

I really hope we can land another couple OT prospects this year.
Chip, is UGA trying to get in on any of the USC upperclassmen leaving? I know we got Jones, but he can’t play next year.

SmyrnaMan

July 8th, 2010
10:22 am

why should the Vols AD do ANYTHING that Lane Kifftard wants? We are trying to move on, and we already play UNC and Cincy in 2011. No need to add USC and play into Kiftards hand. Besides it would be their bowl game, and we want them to suffer as much as possible.

FarmBoy

July 8th, 2010
10:26 am

I feel sorry for these kids like Turene who are drinking the USC and Kiffin cool aid. Kiffin is great at selling the idea and mystique of USC, but the simple fact of the matter is 30 scholarships being gone is serious. The promises and smoke being blown out there is unbelievable. Kids from the south are going out there to not play in bowl games and be a part of a program that will go backwards in the next few years. Hard for me to admit this, but I Kiffin even less since he left UT and I really don’t like UT. I hope Turene and all those other kids who are getting sucked in know you can’t spell Citrus without USC, in two years at least.

chomp2wice

July 8th, 2010
10:26 am

Lame Kiffin is a scum bag. I’m sure I’m not the only one feeling that way. Karma is a Big B and USC will soon likely learn that they have made a mistake hiring that douchebag. I’m sure Monte will more likely retire soon too. He’s probably getting tired from all the moving he had to do for his son within a given yr (from Tampa, to TN, now SoCal).

RTop TN

July 8th, 2010
10:28 am

Derek Dooley is the Silent Assassin…he will keep quiet
and just get more and more talented players at UT
(as will Chuck Smith and the rest of the new all star staff)

How about those Vols!

Look Alive

July 8th, 2010
10:34 am

I don’t think tenn is afraid or usc but they might lose the game. the main thing is not to reward usc with a prime time game in sec country. that would be their bowl game since their cheating has them on probation. i think tenn is smart in not aiding kiffin in any way. just take their players and say no thanks to giving usc any exposure. i would like too see UGA and tenn move their game to a mon nite chick fila event.

Worm

July 8th, 2010
10:35 am

Hope Brown goes to bama, should help the dawgs with Crowell..Thanks, Chip

OGATORO

July 8th, 2010
10:36 am

CMR for AD and Kirby Smart for Head Coach+NC for UGA!!!! You heard it first here.

Undawg

July 8th, 2010
10:36 am

Kiffin may be a scumbag, but don’t you think he’s cute?

#2 Bama Fan

July 8th, 2010
10:38 am

I like Derek Dooley listening to him on the radio and TV. Kiffin was a piece of work that everybody hated except the vols until he left to go USC. Having bonfires in the middle of streets on campus when
boy blunder left is something I will never forget!! RTR

Me

July 8th, 2010
10:46 am

One has to wonder what would motivate or inspire Dillion Baxter to just out and out lie about those teams contacting him. And then suddenly lose his cell phone. And then on top of that, it kind of “just came out” in the media (ESPN) on the eve that the NCAA sanctions were revealed. Publicity vs Publicity. Yes indeed, one has to wonder…but I guess any publicity about USC in light of the sanctions at that point was good publicity. I do believe that next to “Lane Kiffin” in the dictionary is a picture of a snake.

RTop TN

July 8th, 2010
10:48 am

More USC players contacting Coach Dooley today!
Come on down to Rocky Top…

Me

July 8th, 2010
10:49 am

And didn’t Kiffin incourage another recruit, Nukeese Richardson, to lie when he was recruiting him to Tennessee??…even to many people in his own high school. That turned out well for everybody.

Me

July 8th, 2010
10:51 am

sorry, encourage?

layinlow

July 8th, 2010
10:54 am

I have heard that Mike garrett is as good as gone as USC AD. However, how in the world can this school repair it’s image and clean up the mess left behind by pete carroll with Lane Kiffin at the helm of the football program? Eventually, based on past behavior, I would have to believe that Kiffin is going to screw up big time. Word is that USC would very interested in Rich McKay as a candidate for AD after they terminate Garrett. He is held in high regard for his professionalism and the fact that his father was a legendary coach at the school. But answer me this question, how does USC get a highly regarded AD to come work with the loudmouthed troublemaking Lane Kiffin? How is that going to play out? The new AD would have to live with dealing with Kiffin because of his enormous contract, that would otherwise have to be bought out if he was fired. I think the USC program is going down the drain. A couple years of losing and top recruits will began to shun SC. Because we still don’t know if Kiffin can really coach. He hasn’t proven anything yet.

GoldenDawg

July 8th, 2010
10:57 am

Worm: me too . I think crowell is the most explosive back of this class.

Chip Towers

July 8th, 2010
10:58 am

First indeed, FarmBoy! Sorry, Matthews Dawg.

We_Run_This_Country

July 8th, 2010
11:01 am

Top SEC prospects WAITING for an offer from GT so that they can jump ship? Sounds good to me. Let’s make sure the kid is legit and has the grades to get into GT first though.

Paddy

July 8th, 2010
11:02 am

No school should do anything with Kiffin proposals! He is trying to salvage anything he can in these next 3 years. You have to wonder if the kids that are committing to USC now will ever play in a bowl game? Year 4 they may play in El Paso or on the blue carpet. It is a long time before signing day and I can see many more defections from the house of Trojans! And why would any kid leave the South to go to USC with that dark cloud over the program?

joe

July 8th, 2010
11:02 am

UT may end up with one of USC’s starting OT’s and also one LB…news should be out within one week on them two…

Gillislee

July 8th, 2010
11:02 am

How about some action from the NCAA for this little stunt from Baxter but probably the biggest culprit was Kiffin?

bigblue

July 8th, 2010
11:03 am

Mr. Basketball gonna come from Tift County. Everybody out there better recognize. Tift County gone start winning state championchips for 4 straight years. Probably go undefeated.

Chip Towers

July 8th, 2010
11:03 am

redeployed dawg: Haven’t heard of Georgia getting in on any other USC recruits, though you’d think Jarvis Jones made a few friends while he was out there. . . . And if you’re a soldier as your nickname suggests, thanks for everything you do.

BigTimeTECHFan

July 8th, 2010
11:04 am

Zach DeBell – He looks awesome but more like a DE then tackle. Will be strong pickup for UGA.
My guess is DJ Hill will get offer – Think Tech may be waiting on what Steward and Grant decide. Already have Days

Tide Rising

July 8th, 2010
11:08 am

USC also had to send a letter of apology to Alabama from AD Mike Garrett and to Washington. Don’t know why this kid just made this stuff up. I can only guess that being a former 5 star recruit who is now on campus after a year he missed the ego gratification of the recruiting process and wanted to feel important again. If he wanted attention he certainly brought a lot of it on himself.

Nice to see UT picking off several of USC’s jrs and srs. Its called karma Lane.

Keith Lumpkin moved UGA into his top 10? I see the same thing with Bama where I’m amazed at how many of the top 50 players in the country have Bama in their top 5 or top 10. Doesn’t mean anything. These recruits are just throwing big names into their top 10 for show. Most will end up with the home state school. Of all the big time 5 stars that have us in their top 10 we may get anywhere from 1 to 3 or 4 tops. Could get zero. When they narrow down to their top 3 is when you’re a serious contender to get the player.

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

July 8th, 2010
11:16 am

Anyone that didn’t think young D Dooley would do a good job at UT wasn’t paying attention. Don’t like the Vols, but they have hired the right man for their job

Lowcountry Bulldawg

July 8th, 2010
11:23 am

Good point on the game being USC bowl game, hadnt thought of it from that point of view. I would just like to see the hatred going back and forth leading up to the game. It would be a intense hard played game.

78 DAWG

July 8th, 2010
11:26 am

Golden Dawg, how many backs in this class have you seen? oh utube, and it’s how lucky he’s considering us, mmmmm.
WILL YOU DUMB HOMER DAWG FANS QUIT POSTING, YOU MAKE US ALL LOOK BAD! STOP TALKING ABOUT HOW WE ARE GONNA BEAT FLORIDA THIS YEAR, OR HOW TECH GRADS ARE DUMB.
Things are what they are exaggerating doesn’t equal reality.

76-Dawg

July 8th, 2010
11:31 am

Even though I understand why Lane Kiffin left Tennessee for his dream job that unfortunately came open only one year after committing to Tennessee, he shows a lot of immaturity and lack of common sense. He reacts to things without researching how much of the rumor is true. It definitely is a reflection of his character. At times he is a chronic liar. If I was a recruit it would be very hard to believe anything he says. There are so many lies and untruths with so many issues associated with him just with the things in the news that the issues that never are reported has to be an unreal number. All recruits should be very leery about committing to USC. They only can blame themselves if things don’t go as they would like for their college experience.

bucket

July 8th, 2010
11:39 am

If Tennessee is willing to profit off the demise of the USC program by raiding their roster, then they should have the guts to play them on the field. UT fans had no problem with his snake-oil salesman act while he was “their” coach, but they want to kill him now that he’s gone. If you are the big, bad UT program that you think you are, then get on your AD’s butt and take your revenge on Lane on the field.

DP

July 8th, 2010
11:44 am

I don’t know why a kid from the west coast would think of Florida and Alabama if he was making up schools that allegedly contacted him. It reeks of Lane Kiffin. I’d love to see the schools that were falsely accused demand that the NCAA investigate.

With regard to Seantrel Henderson’s release from USC, I saw a report yesterday that there is a videotape of Kiffin telling Henderson (before he committed) that USC would not incur any NCAA sanctions. That would explain why Kiffin released him without any restrictions.

76-Dawg

July 8th, 2010
11:48 am

bucket – That would help USC salvage their season. If you know that your team is not going to a bowl game for two or three years then you make your regular season as appealing as possible.Tennessee should sign up to play USC, but only after USC comes off probation.

Dawgtards ruin this state

July 8th, 2010
11:49 am

NCAA is coming to Athens to investigate Damon Evan’s unethical behavior as AD. This low character man has also covered up several past violations since the Jim Harrick NCAA investigation. Student Athletes should RUN from athens. Hello probation!

Sports Review

July 8th, 2010
12:00 pm

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TampaGator

July 8th, 2010
12:14 pm

Emmanual Moody might be the biggest disappointed ever as a Florida RB. He has injured his ankles about 1,000 times since his arrival from USC. Immense promise sometimes never transitions to the field unfortunately. Too bad. I hope Mack Brown will be different, but his hamstring concerns me as much as Moody’s ankles. But Mike Gillislee might be better than both anyway….and James Wilder will be on campus this time next year…along with Hunter Joyer’s arrival as his lead FB to clear running paths for him (and don’t think Wilder didn’t take notice of Joyer’s recent commitment to the Gators). I also think DeBell is going to develop into an outstanding OL…very athletic….and I don’t understand why the Gators are not recruiting him. I also wish Henderson would reconsider the Gators since we are losing Gilbert at RT after this year. But I don’t think his personality (it is about me) fits in with the “team” approach down in Gainesville. Really like what Dooley is doing up in Knoxville. He is an excellent coach…and I really like it that he is going so hard after Kiffin’s players….and I am sure it is intentional. Maybe Henderson will consider the Vols now.

Tide Rising

July 8th, 2010
12:20 pm

DP,

I never heard that there was a video of Kiffin telling Henderson that. Just another example of what a pathological liar Kiffin is. There was never a question that USC would get some sanctions. The only question was the severity of those sanctions. Kiffin has some gall that is nothing short of incredible to tell this kid there would be no sanctions.

In reference to the Baxter kid falsely saying Bama and UF contacted him I would likewise like to see this investigated. If the kid just made it up of his own accord then I’m cool with that since young men do foolish things. But if Kiffin put him up to it then that’s a whole different story.

TampaGator

July 8th, 2010
12:21 pm

DP….Kiffin is a certified head case (his beautiful wife probably spends every dime he makes and stresses him out daily by not giving anything up in return). He must be a personal embarrassment to his father with his behavior and actions….Kiffin senior is total class and the best defensive coach in the country….college or NFL. He was the reason (along with Lame Duck refusing to run an offense) that the Vols played the Gators so well last year…and everyone for that matter.

RTop TN

July 8th, 2010
12:26 pm

UT has (already) scheduled a home and home with USC in 2020/21.
Also, I am SURE UT would be willing to play USC when the UT
schedule has OPENINGS. Kiffin/USC wants no part of playing
UT in 2012 or 2013. Wonder why? Could it be because UT will
once again be a National Power under CDD……yes.

Sportsrealist

July 8th, 2010
12:32 pm

If Malcolm Brown picks Bama, This may steer Isaiah Crowell elsewhere. Texas has already landed a 4 star RB this year, as well as one last year. This can only help Georgia’s chances with Crowell. Go Dawgs.

Tide Rising

July 8th, 2010
12:33 pm

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

July 8th, 2010
11:16 am
“Anyone that didn’t think young D Dooley would do a good job at UT wasn’t paying attention”

Kam Fong,

I was paying attention and have to respectfully disagree with you. I’m not impressed with a 17-20 record playing in arguably the worst conference in college football the WAC. They have one good team in Boise, one decent team in Fresno State, and that’s it. If you can’t there you can’t win anywhere.

Dooley is the Mike Shula of UT football with striking parallels. He looks good and has a good demeanor, says all the right things, has the same coaching pedigree with the father’s big name, coached under other great coaches-Shula under Tony Dungy, Dooley under Saban. Like Shula he is stepping into a very tough situation and will be a caretaker for 3-4 years guiding the program through some tough times after which time he will be fired in favor of a bigger, more proven name. People can say its tough to win at LaTech but I would then point out its even tougher at the other directional schools in LA. or at other places in the WAC such as New Mexico State,Wyoming, Idaho, that have nowhere near the talent base that LA. offers.

The General Feeling

July 8th, 2010
12:35 pm

Tennessee should not give USC the prime-time exposure in the SEC. At least, not for a few years. They are scheduled to play in the future, I think in 10 years or so. They can wait.

As far as raiding the USC roster of jrs and srs… who is not (provided they have the schollies to offer)? Tennessee has need and schollies to offer these kids. Raiding? No so! The NCAA allows recruiting of these kids. It’s all within the rules. Plenty of California kids already at Tennessee, some more to come.

Lane Kiffin always wanted UT to be the USC of the East….

V,B

Tide Rising

July 8th, 2010
12:37 pm

Sportsrealist,

Would be nice if we could just strike a deal. We’ll take Malcome Brown the 5 star no. 1 rated rb and you guys take Crowell a 4star in 1 svc, 5 star in the other and probably the #2 or 3 rated rbs in the country. I’ve heard bama and tejas are even for Brown and it will come down to those 2. The problem for us is that pulling Brown from the state of Texas is easier said than done. In the end I think he goes to Tejas.