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News Roundup - Kiffin, Kiffin, Kiffin 5/28
Posted May 28, 2009

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By Phil Guidry 

* This News Roundup could truly be all-Kiffin, all the time. A quick sampling of the Kiffin-related items from around the college football world:

* Kiffin reiterated that his jabs at Florida and other rival SEC programs were nothing personal: he was just drumming up some publicity for his program, and that every head coaching job presents different challenges: "When you become a head coach, you take a specific plan into that job." For example, his plan in Oakland was to enrage his ancient owner and trot out his kicker for 76-yard field goal tries in an attempt to get fired. In Knoxville, he's presumably going to try something different.

* Peyton Manning said of the new Vols coaching staff, "It's been a difficult transition for me, like a lot of Tennessee folks. I'm a Phillip Fulmer guy, he recruited me and coached me." No doubt; it's also been a difficult transition for Tennessee beat writers, who have had to jump from Fulmer's laid-back style to a quote machine that cranks up at least once a week.

* CBS has announced that its first telecast of the upcoming season will be the Sept. 19 grudge match between Kiffin's team and the guys who have no business getting sucked into a war of words with Kiffin but have anyway, Urban Meyer's Gators.

* One of the other guys who will factor into that grudge match is The Chosen One. His former teammate Percy Harvin said recently, "If I could trade places for a day with anyone, it would be my old teammate, Tim Tebow. Some of the stuff and some of the girls and things that were thrown at him. We saw all kind of actors and news reporters just kind of blatantly say, "Tebow, I want you." And he turned them down. I'm looking at him, like, "Man, you are crazy." He's not crazy, Percy: he's just better than all of us ... or didn't you hear Thom Brennaman?

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