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Lane Kiffin Press Conference:Riots Breaks Out

ATLANTA - DECEMBER 31:  Coach Lane Kiffin of the Tennessee Volunteers watches pre-game warmups before the Chick-Fil-A Bowl against the Virginia Tech Hokies at the Georgia Dome on December 31, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.  The Hokies beat the Volunteers 37-14.  (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)
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Keith SavageContributor IJanuary 13, 2010

Tennessee football coach Lane Kiffin left the school last night to become the head coach at USC. Riots broke out across the Knoxville campus as students reacted angrily to the news. Kiffin held a brief press conference in his final moments at the school. During his remarks, he he said that "this was not an easy decision." Continuing, he added:

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Lane Kiffin’s Press Conference RIOT! Lane Kiffin’s Press Conference turned into a riot tonight requiring fire, police, and more as the situation became reportedly violent, moving, and continuing.

The Lane Kiffin Press Conference was to announce his resignation from UT. But fans “burned Lane Kiffin T-shirts, a mattress.

“Dozens of students and fans marched into the sports complex chanting obscenities at Kiffin”, one called Kiffin a traitor, another called for burning “Let’s burn this —- down. I don’t care.”

blocked his exit “the crowd turned to Kiffin’s pending exit from the sports complex, blocking the one route from the building. That’s when the burning started and the Knoxville Fire Department was called to the scene.” He needed an escort to get out of the property.

 

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