Lane Kiffin to Southern California.
I was on the phone with Papaw last night talking about the upcoming Florida vs Kentucky basketball game and he suddenly stopped talking for a minute and then told me that ESPN was reporting that Lane Kiffin was bolting to Southern California. I thought maybe he had taken a little too much hydrocodone and didn’t pay it much attention but suddenly I received a text message from my brother. As soon as I saw that it was from my brother I knew that the Kiffin news was for real. Why else would my brother be sending me a text at 9:00 pm from a hotel room in god-only-knows-where?
Then my phone starting buzzing with texts from damn near everybody who knows me. The news was flowing through the SEC like the winds of Katrina.
One guy sent me this showing the reaction of Urban Meyer.
Another guy sent me this showing the reaction in Southern California.
My two cents to my Tennessee brethren is this. I know this is hard right now but it is really for the best. Lane Kiffin was not going to take you to the promised land. As tough as it seems at this point you now have an opportunity to go out and get a mentally stable coach who can put a team together and keep a team together.
The saddest of the news concerns the upcoming recruits and you can see one mans take on it here
As soon as I heard the news my mind went back to the time when Charlie Pell left Clemson to go to Florida. I live only about 40 miles from the Clemson campus so anything related to Clemson gets good television coverage in my area. I was watching an interview Pell was having on the local NBC affiliate out of Greenville and he was telling the guy that he was not going to leave Clemson. Charlie must have had the airplane tickets in his pocket while doing the interview because he pretty much left the interview and went straight to Florida. I will never forget that. I was amazed that a man could look another man in the eye and lie without as much as an eyebrow twitch. I was only 19 years old at the time and for the last 32 years I have seen it happen regularly.
But still. The steaming pile of shit that Lane Kiffin dumped on Knoxville is worse than anything I have seen from a football coach up to this point. The guy is obviously lacking in character. He has serious issues and really Vols, you need to be glad he is gone.
He was right about one thing. Georgia will never beat Tennessee as long as he is the coach there.
I will pray that Tennessee finds a new coaching staff if ya’ll will pray that Georgia can find a defensive coordinator.
We didn’t have much of a football season but it has been the most interesting post season I can ever remember.