If four days ago someone showed you this picture and said “A coach in this photo will leave without warning, notice, or regard for players, fans, and the University for another more lucrative job worth more money" what would you think?
If you wear wearing Crimson you might be scared. If you were in any variation of Orange you would be giddy, and if you were in purple you would have crawfish boiling and the Keg tapped!
However you would be wrong and in total shock or complete euphoria depending on what color you were wearing. The Orange nation is in disbelief right now over the fact that Tennessee was just left after the honeymoon for another more attractive beach blonde bimbo from California.
Lane Kiffin “The Mouth of the South" has just accepted the head coaching job at the University of Southern California. That is not the worst part he is taking his Father long time NFL legend Monte Kiffin with him, along with Recruiting coordinator Ed Orgeron.
This may come as shock to most of those on Rocky Top, but to anyone who ever heard him speak it should come as no surprise. Lane Kiffin was all talk, no action, and enjoyed nothing more than to stir up the hornets’ nest anytime a chance arose. Most people in Tennessee believed he was putting them back on the map, but in reality he was making a laughing stock out of Rocky Top. Leaving them after only one year, a huge blowout bowl loss, and less than a month till signing day is merely his cherry on top.
It is impossible to predict what the fallout will be from this surprise to say the least. In Lanes initial press conference he said he came to Tennessee to win championships and recruit nationally. So what does his leaving after only one year and a 7-6 record mean?
Is he saying he can't win championships at Tennessee or that it can't be done? Has he left the program on the rise or in transition? What will the players think? How will they react to the new culture shock that will come from a new coach? How big is the smile on Phil Phulmer's face right now?
All these questions will be answered in time, but one thing is sure Tennessee AD Hamilton is on shaky ground after firing a legend and hiring a joke! If he were a smart man he would go for Gary Patterson, Chris Peterson, Troy Calhoun, or shoot for the moon with Gruden and Cohwer. No matter what his decision he had best act swift, smart and with Tennessee's best interest in mind something he has never done before.
So smile SEC the biggest jerk and butclown to grace or conference in quite some time just bailed out at the first hint of greener grass. Some are going to say he left to go to a better job, and although I do not think highly of Tennessee that will merely be propaganda. Lane Kiffin left because he is all talk and no action.
He left the SEC because it is too competitive, too strong, and too much for lil Lane to handle. He ran for the one horse show in the Pac-10 where it easier to recruit and to win. Lane Kiffin left Tennessee because he may be able to con young boys into playing for him, but he can't out coach grown men on the field.
Tennessee should count this as a blessing and hope that Lane did not do anything that can be proved in the NCAA court of law. We all know he bent the rules to put it mildly so the folks on Rocky Top should really be thankful tonight to be rid of a time-bomb. Then on the other hand it is never nice to be shunned for a prettier woman!