The Lane Train Derails Vols Hope For The Future As Kiffin Leaves Town

William Ramsey@bigpermramseyContributor IIJanuary 13, 2010

KNOXVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 12: Lane Kiffin, head coach of the Tennessee Volunteers talks in the press conference after a game 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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The train pulled into the station and basically took a break to get some water and fuel before pulling out to head west to sunny Los Angeles.

In doing so, he dashed all hopes for Vol players and fans of bringing home a championship soon and made Tennessee no more than a stepping stone. 

Since when is Tennessee a stepping stone to "greater" success?  I truly thought one of the premier programs in the country that played competitively in the toughest division and toughest conference in the nation, the SEC East, deserved better.

Apparently, Lane Kiffin and staff did not share that sentiment as they leave after just 14 short months on the job.

What was it Lane?  Was it our hospitality and warmth of which we embraced you that you couldnt handle?  Or were you just hoping for this "better" gig to open up the whole time?  How many times have you talked to Coach Carroll recently?  And why would anyone you have recruited follow you out to USC?  You told them to give their all for Tennessee and then you had Ed Orgeron on the phone in a team meeting telling them to head west with you.  Who were you recruiting for, Tennessee or USC the whole time?

Al Davis doesnt get much right these days, but man did he have you pegged.  He said you were a compulsive liar who couldnt be trusted and that seems to be the case.  Your smug demeanor and big mouth will fit in nicely at USC and we wish you nothing but the absolute worst out there my good man.  (sarcasm) 

I wonder if I could interest you in a sales job?  I ask because when you sold Tennessee fans the sales pitch of what everyone wants to hear, we all bought in hook, line, and sinker.  I tried to give you the benefit of the doubt while not bashing you or defending you.  I just wanted to see where you would take us.

Who knew that the Lane Train would be chugging along with all the Vol players and fans on board and then you derail us this close to National Signing Day?  I didnt see it coming and neither did the rest of Big Orange Country.

Lesson to be learned boys and girls and the moral of this story:

Keep it in the family.  Outsiders will come in and divide your house.  They will do only what is in their best interests for they cannot appreciate the University the way that we fans and players do.  Thanks Lane for nothing...because that is what you gave us.