Intense Tennessee and SEC Hysteria Over Kiffin Exit Proves Hypocritical

Jon SarverCorrespondent IJanuary 14, 2010

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 07:  Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide talks to reporters on the field after winning the Citi BCS National Championship game over the Texas Longhorns at the Rose Bowl on January 7, 2010 in Pasadena, California. The Crimson Tide defeated the Longhorns 37-21.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Time and time again I have been amazed at the Tennessee and SEC outrage over Lane Kiffin's abrupt exit from Tennessee for college football Mecca and USC.  For this writer is has been interesting to read the pure hatred for Kiffin and for those of us who think he may just have left for a chance in a lifetime job!

All I can say is that he has learned from the best, yaaaaalllllllll!

While the jury is out on Kiffin and why not?  SEC fan you can rest assured if he is as loose in recruiting as he was with your blessing (Volunteer Fan) last year, he will be hung by the L.A. Times primary beat writers Bill Plaschke and T.J. Simmers. 

You may have noticed they were already at work during his press conference nailing him to the wall for Ed Orgeron's  enthusiastic endorsement of SEC football to potential Tennessee recruits. 

We will see if rules were broken, until l then I suggest we take a breath and see how it plays out.  Rest assured the L.A. Time's intense hatred of USC athletics (and the desperate need for readers) will drive them to strangle Lane Kiffin by the throat if it will make them a few bucks.

Of greater comedic relief is the intense hatred of SEC fan for the sudden exit of Kiffin to USC.  Folks, we aren't talking about Chattanooga here (Alabama Fan!) so please try to put it in perspective. 

While it's true that few coaches leave their treasured positions after just a few year (some have left after one!), your humble correspondent has decided to educate you on some of the choices your SEC alumni (Present, past and again, present!) has made just recently.

The facts are, several current SEC coaches have left their first love for their mistresses so to speak.  If you have the courage to read on you will see the truth!

And no, this kind of job changing does not happen in the Pac-10 as a usual occurrence...

5. Bobby Petrino, Head Coach Arkansas Razorbacks

On July 13, 2006, Petrino signed a 10-year, $25.6 million contract with Louisville to stay on as head football coach. The deal gave Petrino a raise from $1 million to $1.6 million annually, and he would have been paid $2.6 million in the final year of the deal. The contract was an effort by the university to put an end to the annual wooing of its football coach. During his tenure at Louisville, Petrino talked with Auburn, LSU, and the NFL's Oakland Raiders before finally leaving the Cardinals in January 2007 to accept an offer from the NFL's Atlanta Falcons.

In the middle of the NFL football season Petrino bolts the NFL Falcons to take the highly sought after Arkansas Razorbacks head coach position that Houston Nutt had vacated earlier. 

Who's integrity is in question more on this one?  Kiffin or Petrino?  You make the call!

4. Houston Nutt, Head Coach Ole' Miss

On November 23, 2007 in Baton Rouge, Nutt's Razorbacks beat the top-ranked football team in the nation. In a game that lasted into three overtime periods, Arkansas defeated the formidable and eventual national champion LSU Tigers, 50–48, returning the Golden Boot back to Arkansas.

Three days later, Nutt resigned as head coach of the Arkansas Razorbacks amid several controversies and controversial allegations which had come prior to and throughout the 2007 season. He left the school with a 75-48 record, which is second on the school's all-time win list, behind only Broyles.

On November 27, 2007 Nutt was hired as the new head coach of the Ole Miss Rebels, replacing former head coach Ed Orgeron who had been fired after three consecutive losing seasons.  His move to Ole Miss has served to stoke the long-standing Arkansas–Ole Miss rivalry. 

Who's integrity is more in question on this one?  Kiffin or Nutt?  You make the call!

3. Steve Spurrier, Head Coach University of South Carolina

Steve Spurrier with a hero like send off that Peter Carroll has enjoyed in Southern California finds out that money and Daniel Snyder talk! Steve has a great career at Florida and parleys that into more money (a theme so far!) and resigns from the Gators.  Just days later he becomes head football coach with Daniel Snyder's Washington Redskins in 2002.

By 2004 he is back in the SEC against a hated Florida rival with a fat contact and job security.

Who's integrity is more in question in this one?  Kiffin or Spurrier?  You make the call!

2. Urban Meyer, Head Coach University of Florida

In 2004, Meyer led the undefeated Utes to a Bowl Championship Series bid, something that had not been done by a team from a non-automatically qualifying BCS conference since the BCS' creation in 1998. He remained at Utah long enough to coach the team to a Fiesta Bowl win over Pittsburgh, capping off the Utes' first perfect season (12–0) since 1930.  Great season and see ya!

Meyer immediately parley's that season into a bidding war pitting Notre Dame against Florida and to the eternal anguish of "Fighting Irish" fan he chooses the Gators.  The Ute's are left with a thank you and the Gators start a great run.  Meyer used Utah to leverage a upward mobile move to Florida. 

Who's integrity is more in question on this one?  Kiffin or Urban Meyer? You make the call!

1. Nick Saban, Head Coach Alabama Crimson Tide

In 1999 Saban parleys a great Michigan State season (10-2) into the LSU job.  By 2003 Saban's LSU Tigers earn a split of the mythical college football championship (check out the GridIron Gauntlet ) to set him up for a big payday. 

By the end of 2004 Saban leaves a shocked LSU fan base for the "much" greener pastures of Miam's NFL Dolphins.  Saban's stay in Miami was a short one and fireworks were about to happen.

According to Wikipedia....

"On November 27, 2006, The University of Alabama announced that head coach Mike Shula had been dismissed. Nick Saban was rumored to be at the top of Alabama's wish list, but Saban refused to discuss the job while his NFL season was still underway.

During the month of December 2006, Saban was repeatedly questioned by the media about the Alabama job, and he repeatedly denied the rumors in his weekly press conferences, stating on December 21, 'I'm not going to be the Alabama coach.' Saban did eventually meet with Alabama officials on January 1, 2007, following the Dolphins' season ending loss to the Indianapolis Colts."

Some two weeks after Saban claims he not interested, shockingly enough he rushes to Alabama and LSU fan is still upset!  Saban has now been deified and the rest is history!

Who's integrity is more in question on this one?  Kiffin  or Urban Meyer?  You make the call!

SEC fan, the facts speak for themselves.  Lane Kiffin was mentored by the best the SEC has to offer.  You get a better deal and you run regardless of the fall out.  It's time to think about that before you shout back with your next line of Kiffin vitriol.

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