Lane Kiffin to Become University of Tennessee's Football Coach

Dusty FloydCorrespondent INovember 28, 2008

The University of Tennessee and former Oakland Raiders head coach Lane Kiffin have come to an agreement to name Kiffin as their new head football coach on Monday.

Last Wednesday, Tennessee's athletic director Mike Hamilton denied reports that Kiffin had been named the next head football coach for the Vols, but Kiffin has been at the top of Tennessee's list from the start.

This will be Kiffin's first stint as head coach at the collegiate level in his young career.

Previously, Kiffin was head coach of the Oakland Raiders for just 20 games before being fired earlier this season by Raiders owner Al Davis.

The main reason for the delay in naming Kiffin as next head coach has been because of the departure of Tennessee coaching legend Phillip Fulmer. Fulmer, head coach of Tennessee for 17 seasons, was recently fired after posting a disappointing 4-7 record.

Tennessee's next game against Kentucky will take place this Saturday, a day to be known as "Phillip Fulmer Appreciation Day." On Saturday, fans and alumni will remember and appreciate all the things that Fulmer has done for the University of Tennessee.

Kiffin, the youngest coach in NFL history, made $2 million as part of the Raiders. He is expected to have a similar salary in Tennessee.

Nobody knows which coaches Kiffin will bring in to be a part of his staff. He will be only the fifth head coach for the Volunteers in the last 45 years.

Rumor has it that Kiffin is trying to bring in his father, Monte, the defensive coordinator of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Monte Kiffin has been known to always have great defenses in Tampa Bay. He has earned a lot of respect as one of the greatest defensive minds in the NFL.

With the high standards that the "Volnation" have for their football team, I would like to wish Lane Kiffin good luck at the University of Tennessee. He's going to have to get the Vols to perform well. Otherwise, Lane Kiffin could have another short coaching tenure.