"The Lane Train Has Been Derailed"

Patrick MacCoonContributor IJanuary 13, 2010

KNOXVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 31:  Head coach Lane Kiffen of the Tennessee Volunteers watches against the South Carolina Gamecocks at Neyland Stadium on October 31, 2009 in Knoxville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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About this same time last year Lane Kiffin was being called a savior, the real deal, and the perfect fit for the job at the University of Tennessee.  The majority of Tennessee fans were overjoyed at his hiring, and they were all jumping aboard the Lane Train.

They had plenty of reason to as he talked the talk and walked the walk.  He told every Tennessee fan and player that he would have the program playing national championship type football in the future and everything.  To help his appearance to fans even more he had just got the top running back in the nation to sign with the Volunteers just 4 months into his job.  Everything was going as planned. 

Now lets fast forward a year.  After leading the Vols to a 7-6 record, which was plagued with many violations along the  way, on January 12, 2010 he was gone.  After being the head coach of Tennessee for just 14 months, he had moved on and was headed to USC to take the place of Pete Carroll. 

This announcement shocked the entire college football nation.  Blogs and videos were starting to go up all over the Internet about it, confirming that Lane Kiffin was leaving the Volunteers.  The worst thing about this was Kiffin had not said anything about him even being interested in the head coaching job at USC when asked Monday. 

So Kiffin was now leaving the Vols just the way he found them, without a coach and struggling to make sense of things.  That's when everyone realized who Lane Kiffin was, a crook and a liar.  As you would presume Vols fans were livid as they gathered outside of the athletic facility where Kiffin was in a news conference breaking the news to his team and the media. 

It wasn't only the fans that were furious, the players were as well as they interrupted Kiffin several times before he told them he was officially gone.  Also to many peoples surprise, there was no apology in his speech.  All he was saying was that he did the best he could and left the program better than he found it. 

This riled up the players even more as many went out to the street to take part in the riot outside of the building against Kiffin.  No they weren't trying to get him to stay, they were going to kick him the hell out of Tennessee  to the west coast.  They had finally had enough of him.  The riots continued all night long as students yelled obscenities directed at Kiffin.  They had a good reason to. 

So now a day later Mike Hamilton and the University of Tennessee start there journey for a new head coach.  Rumors have it that Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp is at the top of their list, and reports have it that they have already tried talking with him about it.  Another possibility is Phillip Fulmer, as people are realizing it was a terrible mistake to get rid of him.  Hopefully they will find a coach that will come through on his goals, and doesn't just make them his fantasies like Kiffin did.