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Lane Kiffin’s first action as Tennessee ‘s football coach was unpleasant.
Even before Kiffin was officially announced as Phillip Fulmer’s replacement, the 33-year-old told all four Tennessee defensive assistants and offensive coordinator Dave Clawson that they would not be retained.
Kiffin met one-on-one with the assistants between 3 and 5 p.m. He told defensive coaches John Chavis, Dan Brooks, Steve Caldwell and Larry Slade he was going in another direction.
Kiffin is expected to keep at least two UT offensive assistants to help with recruiting. It was not known if he would retain running backs coach Stan Drayton, receivers coach Latrell Scott and/or tight ends coach Jason Michael.
Kiffin was scheduled to have a recruiting meeting and a players meeting Sunday night. Expected to attend the recruiting meeting was South Carolina quarterbacks coach and recruiting coordinator David Reaves, Kiffin’s brother-in-law. Reaves is the son of former Florida star quarterback John Reaves.
ESPN’s Chris Moretensen reported that Kiffin’s father, Tampa Bay defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, has agreed to join his son on the UT staff.
However, a source close to the Kiffins said that is not a done deal. Monte, former head coach at North Carolina State, makes $2.2 million a year and has turned down numerous chances to be an NFL head coach.

While it is believed he has a desire to coach with his son at Tennessee, a source said he has yet to decide.
Kiffin will have a press conference Monday at 2 pm at which time he might release some of his staff members.
It’s possible that Kiffin could have two members of the athletic department – former Vol quarterback Condredge Holloway and David Blackburn – designated to recruit on the road until the staff is complete.
Kiffin’s contract is expected to be for five or six years at $2.5 million per year.
According to sources, Kiffin is expected to hire an assistant from an NFL team and an assistant from a college team in the South.
Kiffin was one of about seven coaches interviewed by UT athletic director Mike Hamilton.


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