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Kiffin Laughs Off The Ire Of UT Fans

If Lane Kiffin has any regrets regarding his time at Tennessee or the many toes he stepped on by leaving after a single season… he isn’t showing it.  Speaking to The Atlanta Journal Constitution, Kiffin laughed off the amount of blame and bile fired in his general direction by still-angry Volunteer fans:

 

“Are you sure I didn’t get blamed for the Kentucky game? I’m sure somebody somewhere blamed me for that.

After we left two years ago, and I don’t remember the timeline, there were some floods in Tennessee. So people around here were joking that was my fault — that there were floods there.

It is what it is. I still have a number of people I stay in contact with there at Tennessee. I know this: I did everything the right way there, as you can see what came out of the NCAA’s investigation. The goal was to make Tennessee better every day. That’s what we strived to do every day we were there … to build confidence in our players and our fan base, and recruit really good players.”

 

Kiffin has shown at Southern Cal that he can coach football.  But his decision to return to LA after a year in Knoxville decimated the Tennessee roster leading to back-to-back years of roster attrition (following the ouster of Phillip Fulmer the year before).  He may be able to laugh things off at this point, but his departure from UT set the Vol program back at least a year or two in its attempt to rebuild.

Tennessee — a staple of the national Top 10 throughout the 1990s — has not won a conference championship since 1998.  And whether he likes it or not, Kiffin can rightfully be blamed for helping to keep the Vols in the bottom half of the SEC the past two seasons.

 


11 comments
dee6634
dee6634

I wouldn't think many vol fans appreciate Kiffin laughing at them, too.

DaveinExile
DaveinExile

Yeah, attempting to talk the recruits that Tennessee paid you millions to recruit into not going to class so they can switch to USC is "doing it the right way."

Kiffin has no moral barometer. So long as he has an AD assigning a personal friend to shadow his every move, then he's held in check. But at some point he's going to shoot himself, and USC, in the foot in spectacular fashion. It's just the way he's wired.

Dynamite fan
Dynamite fan

How can the current state of the Vols be blamed on Kiffin??? He's been gone for 2 years plus and UT has been in the top 10 every year in recruiting (meaning they have tons of talented players) for 20+ years. Dooley is to blame for not getting the most out of his players (UT was full of 4 and 5 star players). One SEC win last year (vs Vandy in OT) and dead last in the east is due to bad coaching this season, not something that happened 2 years ago. As a VU fan I'm almost glad we lost to UT since it saved Dooley's job.

James Franklin is bad mouthed and treated like a pariah on this site and Excuses are made for Dooley's failures. LOL Heaven forbid Franklin ever get the UT job he will go from the worst coach in the SEC's history to the best with the stroke of a pen. I guess Franklin should thank Johnson for all those one and zero star recruits he had to coach in a bowl game this season.

bigorangebri
bigorangebri

@Dynamite fan Wow, you have no idea what youre talking about.

Dynamite fan
Dynamite fan

@bigorangebri On talent alone UT should have blown out Vandy and UK yet they went to OT with one and lost to the other. UT has top 10 talent and is now blaming a coach who was there one year and is 2 years removed from being there. This team underachieved under Dooley. Blaming Kiffin for leaving for USC is not going to fix the issues now. He's long gone and never coming back.

Dynamite fan
Dynamite fan

@bigorangebri

Like you just said a sunbelt caliber team that's been VU's talent level for years, UT has walk-on's that are 3 star players VU and UK barely has what 2 or 3 total. On talent alone UT should win by 40 over those teams without trying. You could combine the 2 this year and UT still was talentwise 3 TD's better, yet they lost to UK and went to OT at home with VU. Pathetic coaching to have them not win both of those game by at least 2 TD's. It is Not Kiffin's fault they finished last in the East.

MJT
MJT

@Dynamite fan@bigorangebri

Blown out Vandy? Tennessee didn't blow out Vandy when the Vols were dominant in the 90's. Were you alive in the 90's or do you Vandy fans really not know anything about football? You should be happy that your Sun Belt caliber Commodores always play Tennessee so though. Give your Dores a little credit there Vandy man.

Henry
Henry

Most of us no longer care about Kiffin or what he's up to anymore. Time for everyone to move on from this.

John at MrSEC
John at MrSEC moderator

Henry...

When an ex-SEC coach comments about his old school, we're going to mention it.

Thanks for reading the site,

John

Henry Earle
Henry Earle

@John at MrSEC I think I came across wrong John. I was merely saying all UT fans need to move on.



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