Kiffin knocks Gators, so what’s the big deal?

Leave that man alone.

Well, this time.

The way things are going for Lane Kiffin, the self-inflicted tackling dummy during his first weeks as head football coach at the University of Tennessee, there will be a next time. There also will be a few more times after that.

As for this time, Kiffin was absolutely right to tell our Michael Carvell that he is done apologizing to Florida and everybody else over his erroneous comments about Gators coach Urban Meyer and his recruiting practices.

Remember? During a recruiting breakfast last month, Kiffin boasted to Tennessee supporters (note: Tennessee supporters) that Meyer tried to “cheat” and still didn’t get wide receiver prospect Nu’Keese Richardson. That’s because Richardson stiff-armed Florida down the stretch before sprinting to Tennessee.

It turns out that, contrary to what Kiffin told those Tennessee supporters (note: Tennessee supporters), Meyer didn’t violate an NCAA rule when he phoned Richardson during a recruiting trip to Tennessee.

So help me out. Where’s the controversy here? Kiffin was talking to a bunch of … Tennessee supporters.

Have you ever been to one of these booster-type events for an average college team from a power conference? They are pep rallies that often go over the top, with the head coach serving as school mascot, drum major, standup comic, resident psychologist, PR man and grand poobah between talking X’s and O’s.

They say stuff. They say silly stuff. Then, during one of the few times when some or all of their stuff gets into the public domain, they say predictable stuff — such as, “I didn’t say that,” or “I was misquoted,” or “I was taken out of context.”

Even Kiffin tried to back away from his words to Tennessee supporters (note: Tennessee supporters) by telling Carvell, “It was not as bad (as it was made out to be). I didn’t mean any disrespect toward the University of Florida or Coach Meyer.”

Yes, Kiffin did, but so what? He was saying that stuff to Tennessee supporters.

It happens.

108 comments Add your comment

Spike

March 30th, 2009
6:57 am

Terrence, this is about the lamest thing you have ever written. And that is saying a mouthful. Is this the best you can do?

tennezz

March 28th, 2009
12:04 pm

Whine and cry, cry and whine, No one cares what you think! You need to get a life!

What excusses will Big Stupid Orange Nation use

March 27th, 2009
8:24 pm

When Georgia, LSU, Bama and Florida whip Lame Kitten?

Globalbee

March 27th, 2009
3:53 pm

Your article should have mentioned that it was Kiffin who was caught violating NCAA rules (cheating) and not Urban Meyer. That was an important omission.

Lame Kitten

March 27th, 2009
9:51 am

Coach UM is a cheat. Coach SS is a has been. Coach MR is a hypocrite. There, you happy now!
Now find something else to talk about. Notice: (All words spelled correctly, you bunch of illiterates.)

bull-gator

March 27th, 2009
9:19 am

Kiffin is an immature punk. I certainly hope the SEC teams on the UT schedule take his lame ass to the woodshed every year until he’s run out of town. An unproven west coast loudmouth. What a stupid hire the AD at UT made. You can’t spell STUPID without UT…

LEROYJONES

March 26th, 2009
11:03 pm

ORANGE AND WHITE AINT A TRUE VOLZ FAN! ME AND TYLER REPRESENT THE VOLZ NATION! WE GUNNA BE BACK AND BIG AND NASTY AND MEAN! WATCH OUT WORLD

POWER T UNITE!

DawgsRUs

March 26th, 2009
9:46 pm

I guess black jokes are ok if I’m telling them to (note: White supremacist)? I guess lies are ok if I’m telling them to (note: The Devil)? Oh, almost forgot, I guess anything Kiffin says is ok as long as he is talking to (Note: Tennessee supporters)? Nice logic Terence.