Volunteers-Gators: Are You Ready for Sep. 19?

Josh SawyersContributor IFebruary 26, 2009

Who really had Sep. 19 marked down as a big game for the Gators?

Yes, it is Tennessee, and there would have been some interest in this game. But after a 30-6 win in Knoxville last year and a 59-20 thumping in 2007, the Vols really weren't a must-see game.

Enter Lane "Boy Blunder" Kiffin and this game is of high interest for college football fans outside the Vol and Gator Nations. How does such intrigue emerge from a coach that has not won an SEC game, college game, or even held his first practice?

On Dec. 1, Kiffin started filling the Gators' bulletin board with statements like:

"Singing Rocky Top all night long after we beat Florida next year, it's going to be a blast."

"That line was Mike's idea, by the way. All right, Urban?"

"Just so you know, when a recruit's on another campus, you can't call a recruit on another campus."

"I love the fact that Urban had to cheat and still didn't get him."

"At an energetic breakfast with some of our donors and alumni I made a statement that was solely meant to excite the crowd," Kiffin said in his statement (everybody had a statement that day).

"If I offended anyone at the University of Florida, including Mr. Foley and Urban Meyer, I sincerely apologize. That was not my intention."

But the move that I think really is going to come back to bite Lane is trying to hire Billy Gonzales while the Gators were getting ready for the BCS National Championship game.

So get out that highlighter and circle September 19th a couple of times on your calander. Synce your iPhone, Blackberry, and you may even want to plan to take that Friday off from work. This is going to be war, and I guess Kiffin was too busy last year avoiding Al Davis to see what Coach Meyer did to them Dawgs last year.