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Tennessee is prepared to pay Monte Kiffin about $1 million a year to
join his son’s staff as defensive coordinator, multiple sources said.

Kiffin makes $2.2 million as defensive coordinator of the Tampa Bay Bucs.

Asked if Kiffin would make $1 million, Tennessee athletic director Mike
Hamilton said: “That rumor is out there.”

Hamilton would not get into specifics about what Lane Kiffin’s dad would make. But Hamilton did acknowledge the pool of money to pay assistants exceeds $2.5 million. Last year, UT paid just under $2 million for assistants.

I had heard Hamilton told Lane Kiffin that a previously agreed upon budget for hiring assistants could not be honored because of university cutbacks and budget reasons. Hamilton said that wasn’t true.

“Lane Kiffin will have the budget he was told he’d have,” Hamilton said.

One source said Monte Kiffin has told people he will make $1 million a year.

Another source said: “If Monte Kiffin is hired at Tennessee, he will be paid higher than any coordinator before (at Tennessee).”

Not just paid higher – more than double. Tennessee has never paid a coordinator as much as $400,000 annually.

I’m continually told by people who should know that the Monte Kiffin situation is not a done deal. For example, what if Tampa Bay comes back and offers Kiffin $3 million to stay? Does he still join his son’s staff at Tennessee? Or stay in Florida?

As one person said: “It’s not a done deal until he shows up on campus.”

That’s not all the news. Lane Kiffin offered LSU strength and conditioning coach Tommy Moffitt the job at Tennessee. Moffitt, who makes $185,000 at LSU, not counting bonuses, turned down the job. Moffitt, who has a $75,000 buyout at LSU, was a former assistant
strength and conditioning coach at Tennessee (1994-96).

After the resignation of Johnny Long at UT, Chris Stewart has served as interim strength and conditioning coach, but Lane Kiffin is not expected to hire Stewart.

Kiffin has hired just one staff member, brother-in-law David Reaves from South Carolina. Besides Monte Kiffin, here are other coaches Lane Kiffin is believed to want to bring to Tennessee:

New Orleans Saints assistant Ed Orgeron as defensive line coach, Florida’s Billy Gonzales as receivers coach and current UT assistant Stan Drayton as running backs coach.

We are told that Lane Kiffin might not hire his brother, Chris, who is a graduate assistant at Nebraska.




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