Back in September, I wrote an article entitled "Lane Kiffin Is Hilarious." This was meant to be a stand alone article describing how ridiculous it was that Lane made fun of quotes from Urban Meyer, who said his team's underwhelming performance was do to an outbreak of H1N1 on the team.
This quote was so ridiculous because Lane's team LOST to Meyer's Florida squad. I had never seen a coach talk trash so much following a loss.
This was not the last ridiculous comment or action by Kiffin during the 2009 season. None of his other comments, however, were quite hilarious enough to warrant the sequel to my first article.
That is, until now.
Kiffin is under fire for some allegedly questionable recruiting practices, including using the now infamous "hostesses" and taking a currently ineligible recruiting member of the coaching staff to a high school game.
NCAA recruiting violations can sometimes be sketchy to say the least. The NCAA is easily the worst governing body in sports, with a laundry list of vague rules and guidelines for coaches, it is almost impossible to believe every coach is following every rule to its intended level.
No, Kiffin's hilarity has nothing to do with the potential violations, but has everything to do, of course, with his comments about them.
Kiffin takes your questions about his recruiting practices as a compliment.
"They want to know how are we able to get interest from so many great players," said Kiffin, referring to SEC opponents. "...and sign so many great players, so I think you have a lot of people coming at us."
You are right Lane, UT's recruiting class is just so good, nobody can believe it could be legal. So they are just assuming, evidence be damned, that you have to be cheating. I mean nobody's recruiting class could be this good.
Tennessee does have the sixth ranked college recruiting class for '10 (ranked sixth on both rivals.com and espn.com), although espn.com lists them as only the fourth best in the SEC.
Tennessee is a big name, SEC program with a rich football tradition. Top 10 recruiting classes should be the norm, and I know that other SEC programs are not astonished at the recruiting classes. They are Tennessee.
No, Lane has to spin this. He knows he will not be better than fourth in the SEC in the near future (UF, LSU, and ALA are all better), so he has to claim victories on the recruiting field.
As if expectations on the field are not enough pressure for Kiffin, subpar seasons combined with NCAA violations will get him sent home packing faster than if he was caught in a relationship with a Perkins waitress.
The Kiffin era at UT is certainly fun to watch. Although I think the University's and the fanbase's patience will begin to wear thin if they don't start seeing the Volunteers in the headlines for winning football games.
As it is, they will have to be reserved to the fact that the next time UT is in the headlines is likely to be the next time Kiffin says something ridiculous.
I hope Kiffin stays forever. He is easily my favorite coach in any sport at the moment. Lil' Wayne, also a fan, says he talks, "sh** like Lane Kiffin."
I don't think the sequel is as good as the original, but the truth remains the same.
Lane Kiffin is, still, hilarious.
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