Lane Kiffin Hasn't Fired Anyone At Tennessee

2/13/09 in NCAAF   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect

Lane Kiffin has had an eventful start to his head coaching days at Tennessee. He was accused of recruiting violations by Steve Spurrier, then Kiffin himself accused Urban Meyer of trying to nab one of his recruits before having to ultimately apologize, and Kiffin topped this all off by committing his own recruiting violation by using a fog machine to introduce a recruit during a school visit. Basically, it's been one comedic incident after another.

And now, it's getting even funnier. Kiffin recently talked to Sports Illustrated about how's he brought a no-nonsense approach to the job and has been firing people left and right. But speaking as someone whose mother works at a state run institution, I'm well aware of the fact that you can't fire ANYONE at these kinds of schools. But let's hear what Kiffin said.

After returning to Knoxville following the birth of his son last month, Kiffin had arranged for someone to pick him up at the airport, according to the article. His driver was 25 minutes late.

"I came back and within five minutes I'd fired the guy who was in charge of the guy who'd been sent to pick me up," Kiffin said in the story. "Here's the point: We need to win. That's 25 minutes that Nick Saban and Urban Meyer had that I lost because somebody was late picking me up at the airport."

Sounds great. Except it's a complete lie.

"He has not fired anybody," UT athletic director Mike Hamilton said Thursday afternoon. "If he said he has fired somebody, that's not true. I don't know if he said it from a standpoint of making a point that 'We've got to get this right.' But he didn't fire anybody.

"You can't just fire anybody at Tennessee, particularly when you're talking about non-contract employees. There's a process."

So what's this, the 4th time Kiffin's looked like an absolute fool in like 2 months? But hey, the fun doesn't stop there. Let's just keep piling on.

"You can't count the number of people we've run off because they couldn't keep up, and I'm including secretaries," Kiffin said in the story. "They had to go because they weren't going to make it, and they knew it."

By the way, about those secretaries. One retired and the other one was reassigned to be Phil Fulmer's secretary. Way to run them off, Lane. 

So there you go Tennessee. With Lane Kiffin this awful in the offseason, one can only wonder what will happen when he actually starts coaching real games. 

Lane Kiffin may be allergic to the truth [Deadspin]
Kiffin has not fired anyone, but Fulmer gets an assistant [
Knoxville News Sentinel]
Rocking old Rocky Top [
SI]
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2/19/09   |   nalvarez96

 kiffin just knows he will get killed by florida so hes trying to motivate the fans

2/15/09   |   jerseyraider24

oh my al davis will be al davis we all know that,but  crazy al davis mind was rite on the head when he talked about lane kiff,2 thumbs up for old man davis.

2/14/09   |   MarkTheShark   |   590 respect

The sad part is, his dad's genius is going to be wasted. Completely. Ah hell, who knows maybe the Bucs can snag him (Monte) back after the short debacle that will be the Lane Kiffin era in Knoxville.

2/13/09   |   radiowave000   |   145 respect

SportsKnut wrote:
All you guys who are dising Kiffin, You all are full of u know wat

Hey Sports Knut , Make a point for your boy and why he is good. Quit clicking "poor" and calling all us "haters". And Dissing is with two "s"'s.

2/13/09   |   SportsKnut

All you guys who are dising Kiffin, You all are full of u know wat

2/13/09   |   radiowave000   |   145 respect

I'll ask again, "What qualifications does this guy have to lead a parade, much less a big time football program???" 
*His Dad is Monte Kiffen? Wow, I thought Nepotism was confined to TV Broadcast booth.

2/13/09   |   brianmc0331   |   10 respect

Say what you will TN will still finish with a better record then they did last year .......and he does have a HOT wife

2/13/09   |   Ryan   |   153 respect

wrote:
For a guy who was with the Raiders for such a short time, it sure seems like a lot of the idiocy of that franchise rubbed off on him.

I'm not even sure we could blame this on the Raiders. 

2/13/09   |   luc20lakings

jmcarlos wrote:
In the SEC, you can't even sneeze without it being overanalyzed on message boards and in the media.  Kiffin needs to sit on Nick Saban's speech on integrity.  oh, wait...nevermind.

Or take a lesson from Steve Spurrier about subtlety and class.

2/13/09   |   billywa   |   658 respect

 But migod have you seen the man's wife?


2/13/09   |   jmcarlos

In the SEC, you can't even sneeze without it being overanalyzed on message boards and in the media.  Kiffin needs to sit on Nick Saban's speech on integrity.  oh, wait...nevermind.

2/13/09   |   BlazerJoe   |   103 respect

Way to go Lane...and the hits just keep on comin'...

2/13/09   |   Boski93   |   375 respect

Al Davis is laughing in his iron lung.