Hey, Who Took The Sugar Out of the Tennessee Vols' Kool-Aid?
Attention all Vols. The honey moon is officially over.
Now, as a Gator fan, I'll be the first to admit I hate Lane Kiffen. Well, maybe I shouldn't say I hate him, as I don't hate anybody. Let's just say, I don't like the person he seems to be.
I don't hate Tennessee. I love the SEC and all the teams that represent the SEC.
It all started with his first press conference. He was talking about embracing tradition of UT football. It started off like you would expect. You know, the kind of stuff you normally would say.
Then he throws a poke at UF, which by the way, I watched that press conference, it seemed very innocent. In fact, I even said on Gatorcountry that the Gators fans who were up in arms over that statement were blowing it out of proportion.
Not that it hasn't been talked about enough. Lord knows it's going to be getting crammed down our throats up until the game. But I'll tell the story one more time.
Not long after taking the job at Tennessee, Lane started showing his true colors. Now, unless you were living under a rock, you know about the "Urban Meyer had to cheat and still lost the recruit" comment he made.
Lane was talking at some breakfast with boosters, here he then goes on to accuse Urban Meyer of cheating. This rubs me the wrong way for multiple reasons. First and foremost, when you incorrectly call somebody out, it's offensive. For some people, being called a cheater is the same as being called a liar.
Lane was then when forced to say sorry. However, his apology was an obvious joke and if anything, it made him even more hated by the way he did it. Basically, he said "Sorry if I offended anybody at UF. It wasn't my intention."
So he insults the Gator Nation by calling their leader a cheater, and then lies to them. I say this because if you call somebody a cheater, you're either trying to insult that person, or you're just stupid.
I'll go with the second option.
Now had he said, "Look, I'm sorry for what I said. I was trying to pump up my fans. But I guess I need to learn the rule book before I start accusing people of cheating. Now I look kind of stupid," I would have been able to forgive and forget.
Then, not long afterward, he goes on to insult the dot on the map town of Pahokee, saying they were in the Stone Age and he was worried if they knew how to operate a fax machine.
And again his apology is insulting. His excuse is that he didn't know cameras were rolling. That's his apology. That's like saying "Yeah, just relax, man. I didn't know you would ever hear what I had to say. So it's okay."
Again, it's just his brash personality that rubs many the wrong way. Given his head coaching record, you would expect him to be a little humble or something, but no. He acts as if he is the next big thing.
Lane is kind of like that rich punk kid that got everything he ever wanted handed to him and never had to work at anything. He's the guy that just knows he is better than everybody because of his daddy.
Fast forward to September 5th.
The Tennessee Vols and their fan base are riding high after the drumming of the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers. Now, was it just me or did anybody think the UT fan base was acting if they just bumped off the #1 team in the land? Well, they hadn't.
It was Western Kentucky. But don't tell them that.
After that, the propaganda was on. You saw all kinds of articles about Kiffen and the Vols. For example, I believe it was "Lane Has the Haters Hook Line and Sinker," that really was a funny read.
It was an article that described in detail how brilliant Lane was with his strategy. The fans were drunk with happiness and you could see it in their responses.
But then a week later, the honeymoon ends. You have one hundred thousand plus UT fans stumbling out of Neiland Stadium like zombies. People were crying. It was really sad. Even I felt a little sympathy for you guys.
But the truth is now known. UT will not be back as soon as hoped. I know a lot of people after that first game were thinking, "What if?"
Well, I'm asking the same question.
What if Lane would have not stepped on as many toes as he could? What if Lane treated his fellow SEC teams with the respect the SEC deserves? What if Lane Kiffen didn't believe that even bad publicity is a good thing?
What if Lane knew the rules before making a fool out of himself? What if Lane was just a little bit more humble? What if Lane didn't feel respect is given, rather than earned?
Well, for one thing, if Lane would have acted like a normal coach, UT wouldn't be the most wanted team in the SEC.
Again, I know what you Vols think. He isn't arrogant, he just has balls the size of water melons. Not to mention that he doesn't care what people think about him.
He's your rock star, right guys?
Let me ask you this: Vols, what has he done to deserve the swagger he seems to think he has?
No, he isn't brilliant like so many of you Vols were thinking. He just reminds me of a big kid.
In fact, his introduction was very similar to mine when I moved into a new neighborhood. I believe I was about 13 or 14 years old at the time. I was standing on my front porch when I saw a gang of kids ride by on skate boards and bikes.
I had to say something clever. I believe I called the biggest one a name.
A week later, I was riding my bike home from school when I turned a corner. Before I knew what was going on, I was yanked off by that kid I talked trash to and his friends.
Needless to say, I got what I deserved.
Needless to say, Lane Kiffen will get what he deserves as well.
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