Another Misstep For Lane Kiffin
It's been a rocky off-season in Rocky Top
It's been a rocky off-season in Rocky Top
Posted Feb 14, 2009

Tennessee Head Coach Lane Kiffin made another off-season blunder on Friday by calling an unsigned recruit by name. It's just another in a series of minor transgressions for the first-year Vols coach.

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Even though he's coached zero games as the Vols coach and been on the job for only about 2 ½ months, new Tennessee Volunteer coach Lane Kiffin has already managed to anger Urban Meyer, Mark Richt and Steve Spurrier. On Friday, Kiffin made another misstep, resulting in Tennessee reporting a third secondary recruiting violation since Kiffin's hiring on December 1, 2008.

In a radio interview with WNML-AM 990 The Sports Animal in Knoxville, Tenn., Kiffin mentioned high school running back Bryce Brown by name, which is prohibited by the NCAA if the player is unsigned. Brown, who remains unsigned despite graduating early from East High School in Wichita, Kan., is the nations' top running back prospect and second overall prospect according to

It's just another incident in a tumultuous off-season for Kiffin.

On Friday, my colleague Phil Guidry wrote about Kiffin's mix-up with Georgia head coach Mark Richt over wide receiver recruit Marlon Brown. In that incident, Kiffin stated that the reason Brown, who is from Memphis, left the state of Tennessee in favor of the Georgia Bulldogs was because his grandmother didn't like Knoxville.

Earlier in the week, Tennessee self-reported Kiffn's first two secondary recruiting violations, the staging of a fake news conference for nine recruits on official visits to Tennessee and the use of a fog machine for uncommitted recruits to run through as they entered Neyland Stadium.

Just last week, Kiffin falsely accused Florida head coach Urban Meyer of cheating when Meyer, according to Kiffin, repeatedly called recruit Nu'Keese Richardson on the telephone while Richardson was on his official visit to Knoxville. Calling recruits while they are on official recruiting trips to other schools is not a violation. The transgression by Kiffin earned him a public reprimand by SEC commissioner Mike Slive and a stern response from Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley.

Kiffin is certainly a departure from the publically calm demeanor of former Vols coach Phillip Fullmer. However, he's dangerously close to crossing the line from being eccentric, to being laughable. One thing is certain, he's sure giving radio shows and message boards plenty to talk about during the off-season. And for that, Mr. Kiffin, we thank you.

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Column Archive:
Another Misstep For Lane Kiffin – February 14, 2009
New Rule Could Take Points Off The Scoreboard – February 12, 2009
Kiffin Swings at Meyer … And Misses Badly – February 5, 2009
Playoffs … Be Careful What You Wish For – February 4, 2009
UGA Loses RB Samuel For Spring Practice - January 28, 2009
Alabama Signs Coach Away From Auburn - January 21, 2009
America Deserves a USC vs. SEC Title Game – January 10, 2009
Chizik Putting Together A Solid Staff – January 6, 2009
End Of The Season Accountability – December 31, 2008
3 Non-BCS Games You Should Watch – December 10, 2008
Who Will Be The Next Auburn Coach? – December 3, 2008
Big XII Blunder – December 1, 2008
Arkansas' Loss Has Been Ole Miss' Gain – November 23, 2008
SEC Championship Hype A Bit Premature – November 20, 2008
Auburn vs. Georgia Still Has Meaning – November 12, 2008
Auburn In Must-Win Situation vs. Ole Miss – October 28, 2008
Georgia vs. LSU – SEC Elimination Game – October 21, 2008
Franklin's Firing Isn't All Bad – October 8, 2008
SEC West September Synopsis – September 28, 2008
Fixing Auburn's Offense – September 15, 2008
Wells or Not, USC's Defense Will Dominate – September 10, 2008
No Need To Panic, Auburn Fans – September 2, 2008
SEC and ESPN Reach Mega Deal – August 25, 2008
What Will Happen In The SEC – August 18, 2008
Bama Is Not Back – August 5, 2008
SEC Under-The-Radar Games – July 26, 2008
Enough With The Buckeyes – July 16, 2008
SEC Coaches: How Many Is Too Many? - July 8, 2008
New Coordinators No Problem For Auburn - July 1, 2008

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