Orgeron and Kiffin On Phone Telling Commitments To Follow Them To USC

William RamseyContributor IIJanuary 13, 2010

KNOXVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 12: Ed Orgeron, assistant head coach of the Tennessee Volunteers looks on during pregame warmups against the UCLA Bruins on September 12, 2009 at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee. UCLA beat Tennessee 19-15. (Photo by Joe Murphy/Getty Images)
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Several Tennessee players were attempting to talk to Lane Kiffin tonight after hearing the news he was bolting back to USC to "get the old band back together." 

As Kiffin got on the phone to speak with the understandably upset players, they put the phone on speakerphone due to what they heard in the background.

Players who were listening told a local TV station in Knoxville that they could hear assistant coach Ed Orgeron on the phone in the back talking to recruits about following the crew out to USC and guaranteeing them scholarships to do so.

This news should not come as a surprise to fans and players who were absolutely blindsided by the news earlier in the evening that Kiffin was leaving after just 14 months on the job in Knoxville. 

These actions are acts of betrayal that have been perpetrated against the Big Orange faithful and Kiffin should answer for them.  One can only hope the NCAA will strike down the USC program with the "death penalty" in the coming weeks.  Kiffin can go rebuild the Trojans if he likes and it would be so nice to see him hit with sanctions while trying to do just that.

More news to come as more continues to unfold from this fallout in Knoxville.