This one topped the requests for meeting on the field of play. Last of course is USC, and I don't mean the Gamecocks.
When I surveyed the Vols audience, I was not surprised that they cared nothing about winning, only meeting on the field to shed blood. It's not surprising when you factor in all of the hardship Lane Kiffin bestowed upon the hallowed grounds of Tennessee.
Undoubtedly, Kiffin will shroud himself in shameless armor as he continues to declare that he, "was only doing what he thought was best to turn the program around."
Personally, I will gladly say it's all hogwash. If Kiffin's own mother had been an assistant, he would gladly throw her under the bus and yell to the NCAA that it was not of his doing; anything to protect his precious USC.
If any game holds more controversy at this time, it would be this matchup.
If the NCAA could put any game on pay-per-view, it would be this game.
I am glad that Hamilton is gone because as treacherous as Kiffin is, when he landed on the USC campus, it only took him nine days before he issued a challenge to Tennessee—Hamilton declined.
Forget that! Whoever takes over at Tennessee, my only wish is that he or she makes this game happen and that no player leaves the field with any energy left in their body.
Before Kiffin's absconding, most that I surveyed cared nothing about a chance rivalry between Tennessee and USC. It was only after the Trojans and their fans embraced Kiffin as their savior, and thumbed their noses at the Vols' plight that Tennesseans decided the only way to see any justice was to get the Trojans on the field.
Now that Hamilton is gone, it just might happen.
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