LANE KIFFIN FACES THE MUSIC TUESDAY (FOR 66 SECONDS)
You’ve got to hand it to Lane Kiffin. Not many people can receive a multi-year, multi-million dollar contract on the same day that they’re being called both a “weasel” and a “snake” in print.
Kiffin abruptly resigned Tuesday night at the University of Tennessee to take over for Pete Carroll as the new coach of the USC football team. Kiffin leaves Tennesse after just one controversial 7-6 season where he finished 2nd in the SEC East. Worse for Vols fans, he may be taking many of his prized recruits with him back to SoCal where he was once Carroll’s offensive coordinator. Outraged Tennesse students nearly rioted when the announcement was made. They marched on campus:
Voiced their displeasure:
And expressed their First Amendment rights in a reasoned and mature manner:
Things got so insane that there’s a widespread quote going around from one of Kiffin’s own Tennessee players who egged students on, encouraging them to burn Kiffin’s house down. Kiffin had to be removed from his brief (66 second) press conference under police escort.
LANE KIFFIN/WEASEL PICTURE FROM FOX SPORTS WEBSITE
Meanwhile, the reaction throughout college football was mostly outrage. SI.com’s Michael Rosenberg was stunned by the bold-faced audacity of USC’s hiring of Kiffin asking, “What happened? Did Barry Switzer say no?” There are numerous reports of the pending NCAA hammer that’s about to come down on the Trojans after a host of recruiting and rules violations over the past several years. The general consensus is that Carroll skated out of town just ahead of the NCAA posse. Kiffin was a huge part of the past recruiting of several disgraced USC athletes.
ANOTHER EXCUSE FOR TENNESSEE STUDENTS TO DRINK MOONSHINE AND RIOT