Friday, February 6, 2009

Lane Kiffin Puts Foot in Mouth

Associated Press Photo

Today we will stray away from the Big Ten temporarily to discuss a developing story in college football.

Dear Lane Kiffin, would you like any sauce with that size 12 foot you just put in your mouth? Kiffin was barely off the plane in Tennessee before he was making some serious allegations.

When I first heard this story I thought it was great. I thought it was a great move by Kiffin to call out Meyer. What better way to rally the troops and set a precedent for your tenure at a new program, than to call out the head honcho of the defending national champions? By calling out Meyer, Kiffin was telling the Tennessee faithful that he was here to win games and challenge for SEC titles.

Kiffin said during a Tennessee press conference that Urban Meyer had attempted to call one of his recruits during his official visit to Tennessee. So what, right? Well, according to Kiffin this was against NCAA recruiting policies and was a direct violation on Urban Meyer’s behalf. Kiffin went on to say that Meyer had to cheat and still couldn’t land his recruit (Nu’Keese Richardson who ended up committing to Tennessee).

Now, I am no fan of Urban Meyer and once again I thought it was a good move to try and rally the Tennessee faithful, but Kiffin was left with egg on his face when it turned out that such an action is in fact not an NCAA violation. The SEC has since come out and said that Kiffin broke the SEC’s code of ethics and Kiffin was called out by the Florida athletic director and asked to make a public apology. Kiffin has since issued such an apology, but the damage is done. The real losers in this story are Kiffin’s pride, reputation, and his team. Don’t think Urban Meyer will let Tim Tebow and company forget about this instance anytime in the near future.

Word to the wise, if you’re going to call someone out publicly at least make sure what your claiming is true. And as for Kiffin, he might want to coach at least one down of college football before he makes any more accusations.


  1. I agree with you that, had Kiffin been speaking the truth, this definately would have gotten Tennessee fans excited that there's a new coach and town, and apparently he isn't taking nothin' from nobody. At least this isn't the dumbest thing that Kiffin has done. We all know that he signed a contract to coach the Oakland Raiders under owner Al Davis. Now THAT was a mistake. Nice post

  2. I predict that next year Florida will run up the score on Tennessee much, much worse than it did on Georgia this season. Gator CHOMP!!