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A Return To The SEC For Kiffin? Yes, Please

lane-kiffin-smirkingHere at MrSEC.com, we like the permanent cross-division rivalries the league currently schedules in football.  Many have suggested it’s time to drop those traditional affairs because, mainly, Tennessee has fallen on hard times and their cross-divisional foe, Alabama, has benefited.  No one seems to care that Tennessee was the team enjoying a winning streak in that series just a decade or so ago.  All the matters is the present.

The lack of fire in the Tide/Vols rivalry has empowered the brass at LSU who want to ix-nay the permanent cross-division games because they’re scared of playing Florida every year (even through Florida has been up and down more times than a yo-yo since Steve Spurrier left).

Well, if folks want fire back in the UA/UT grudge match, they just might get it.  With offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier leaving for the same job at Michigan — an interesting move — it’s being reported that Lane Kiffin will interview for the job.  The same Lane Kiffin that Nick Saban invited in for a gridiron powwow just last month.  The same Lane Kiffin who took the Tennessee head coaching job in November 2008 and left it for Southern Cal in January of 2010.  The same Lane Kiffin whose departure from Rocky Top led students to burn a mattress and Knoxville politicians to try and rename a sewage treatment plant in his honor (really).  And if you believe his family, the same Lane Kiffin whose wife and kids received threatening phone calls from irate Volunteer fans after he announced he was leaving.

Lane Kiffin and Alabama versus Tennessee in the fall?  Yes, please.  According to CBSSports.com’s Jeremy Fowler, Kiffin could be interviewing as early as today for the Crimson Tide gig.

That doesn’t mean Kiffin will land the job, of course.  There are other candidates, including former Bama quarterback and current NFL assistant Freddie Kitchens.  Alabama receivers coach Billy Napier and former coach-turned-radio-host Rick Neuheisel are also possibilities.

But a Kiffin hire would get our stamp of approval.  Next October would see him return to Knoxville and Neyland Stadium.  Talk about rekindling a rivalry.

Sorry, LSU fans, CBS/ESPN want you to keep on playing Florida.  And most everyone else in the SEC would love to see Kiffin versus Tennessee on annual basis.

What an ironic twist that would be — Kiffin might be the man to help save one of the Tennessee’s oldest traditions, its rivalry with Alabama.

 

(SIDENOTE — Yes, this is partly tongue in cheek.  Sadly, if we didn’t include this disclaimer, we’d be hit with, “You don’t really think the whole league should make its schedule because of one assistant coach do you?!?!!?!?!!” type rage.)

 


8 comments
CharlieGoad
CharlieGoad

Saban and Kiffin deserve each other. Both have no scruples!

delashmit
delashmit

I would definitely fire up the Tennessee - Alabama rivalry to a new level.


kapeman
kapeman

Freddie Kitchens. oh please NO!!!

SouthernBoiSB
SouthernBoiSB

I'm ready to discuss scheduling possibilities again.  Any news on what might talked about with that topic in the upcoming months?

ThirdRateHack
ThirdRateHack

Do you think it would be possible for you to post one item without some kind of shot at fans? Your sidenote is superfluous, bitter, and shows your intolerance for those of us that actually give value to collegiate athletics with our passion and money. It's amazing that someone that has clearly ingested so much salt and fat has such thin skin. 


Let me guess...you were the "sports editor" of your widely ridiculed college daily? Guess what...people that actually know about sports mocked your ass. You have no special insight because you got a journalism degree and got assigned to the sports page with that sorority girl who was only on the staff because her daddy worked in the business. 


Enjoy the buffet, Pennington. Your readers are, at least in part, better educated both in life and sports than some schlub that got laid off from the Sentinel for having too many crumbs on their shirt. Maybe the readers, the people who drive your revenue, aren't as dumb/flighty/ignorant as you think we are. 


Oh, you got to ask Nick Saban the obvious question of the day? Gee, can I have a letter of recommendation?


I can't wait for you to invite me to use another site. Link aggregators are really hard to come by. I have honestly never seen someone claiming to be a "journalist" and implicitly "above the fray" be so consistently butt-hurt over the slightest bit of dissent regarding their pearl-clutching moralism. Hack.

John at MrSEC
John at MrSEC moderator

It will come up heading into the SEC's spring meetings around Memorial Day.

Thanks for reading,

John

John at MrSEC
John at MrSEC moderator

I'm just trying to figure out when at any point I referred to myself as a journalist.

As noted -- and as someone who gets ugly anonymous comments like yours every day -- I can assure you that without the disclaimer -- that you really, really took too seriously -- I would have gotten altogether different kinds of hate emails and nasty comments.

God bless you,

John

SouthernBoiSB
SouthernBoiSB

@John at MrSECHopefully they'll put something in stone.  I think they've tweaked these "bridge schedules" about as much as they can without using a permanent solution!



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