Tennessee Vols Football: Is It Time To Fire Lane Kiffin?

Joel Barker@joelabarkerSenior Writer IDecember 12, 2009

TUSCALOOSA, AL - OCTOBER 24:  Head coach Lane Kiffin of the Tennessee Volunteers against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 24, 2009 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Raise your hand if you are tired of hearing the daily reports of Tennessee's recruiting practices being looked into.

After a rocky week of investigation into members of Orange Pride illegally attending potential recruits' games, now we have the SEC looking into other potential problems.

According to the Knoxville News Sentinel , the SEC is looking into the use of a recruiting intern on a recent recruiting visit with Lane Kiffin.

The intern, Steve Rubio, flew with Kiffin to visit his old school, Saint Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Under NCAA rules, Rubio is not allowed to recruit.

Anyone other than Lane Kiffin and Tennessee's nine assistant coaches can only make calls to schedule visits and speak with head coaches. They are not allowed in the recruiting process.

Mike Hamilton told the New York Times it was his understanding that Rubio did not recruit at the school.

The picture is taking shape day by the day that this hire was a miserable failure.

Lane Kiffin seems to be an intelligent play caller and personnel guy, but he has plenty of growing up to do before being given this much power.

Is Coach Orgeron to blame? I mean he is supposedly the greatest recruiter in America. Has he been skirting the rules all these years?

Are Kiffin and Oregeron only doing what they learned from Pete Carroll?

Is USC really so influential that they have skirted the NCAA for nearly a decade on these same matters?

The bottom line is that Lane Kiffin is clearly in over his head. He does not know what he's doing. There is clearly a lack of institutional control at Tennessee right now.

The investigations, whether they find any wrongdoing or not, prove that.

Please do not call out other coaches or schools. Our coach, Lane Kiffin, is at fault.

He is the one who stood up before influential boosters and called Urban Meyer a "cheater" when Kiffin himself didn't even know the rules.

I hate it with a passion. This is not something I ever wanted to write. I had enough with all the Fire Phil articles that I wrote.

Had Mike Hamilton not rushed to hire the only shiny object available we wouldn't be having this discussion right now.

It's clear that Kiffin still does not know the rules. It's clear that Kiffin is nothing more than a kid trying to run a big time program.

It's becoming even clearer that the only way to save this program from NCAA doom is to fire the novice now.