Mr Smith Went To Washington …..Mr Kiffin’s Coming To Gainesville, Florida …………

Well the much maligned Lane Kiffin brings his Tennessee Volunteers to Florida to face the number #1 ranked Florida Gators this Saturday in an SEC showdown.

Kiffin is introduced as the Vols’ coach.

And whilst, we can all admire Kiffin for the bravado shown as he assumes the reins from his predecessor, Phil Fulmer. You can’t help but wonder if he’s not placed himself in an unenviable position . Wherein, he’s got to prove himself , if not immediately then most certainly it’s about showing that he’s on the right track to place Volunteers’ program right back into the midst of things. Especially as national championship aspirations go. He can ill afford to have the likes of Florida, Alabama , Georgia , Auburn , Mississippi and LSU are being talked of as ‘the toast ‘ of the SEC- as far as dominant programs go.

“I’m not arrogant , I’m just being me!” And even dear old Al Davis has his say on the merits of Kiffin.

And with there being four SEC teams now ranked within the top 25 of the Coaches’ Poll at present. All of the noise being made by Kiffin is merely done to fan the flames and provide the program with some much needed publicity. Much of the brouhaha on the part of Kiffin has bordered on being comedic and something of a mild irritant for his opposing number on Saturday, Urban Meyer. An irritant that Meyer and his team led by Tim Tebow are liable to swat away , much like a parasite on the back of an elephant. It has its uses but once it becomes unwanted . Well, that’s the only course of action – is to get rid of the unwanted pest. And that may well be how Kiffin is now being viewed within the city of Gainesville. He has been talking the talk and thus far there’s been very little to suggest that he’ll be able to match it all. By walking the walk !

UCLA's  Johnathan  Franklin  (23) escapes  the  grasp of Tennessee's  Janzen Johnson (15)  during  the  second  half  on  an  NCAA  college  game played  in  Knoxville,  Tennessee.  The  UCLA  Bruins  would  go on to  defeat  the  Volunteers  19-15.  The  game  was  filled  with  miscues  on  both sides  of the ball  by  Kiffin's  team.    picture appears  courtesy of  ap/photo/ Wade Payne  ...................
UCLA's Johnathan Franklin (23) escapes the grasp of Tennessee's Janzen Johnson (15) during the second half on an NCAA college game played in Knoxville, Tennessee. The UCLA Bruins would go on to defeat the Volunteers 19-15. The game was filled with miscues on both sides of the ball by Kiffin's team. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Wade Payne ...................

On Saturday , it’ll be sink or swim for Kiffin and his Tennessee Volunteers. He secured his first win as a college coach with a 63-7 defeat of Western Kentucky. Only then, to lose to UCLA 19-15 in a game filled with miscues by the Volunteers. And that’s something that the Gators won’t be allowing on their part. They are liable to take advantage of any mistakes that come their way via Tennessee.

UCLA players  Glenn  Love (20) and  Aaron  Ware (27) celebrate the team's  19-15 victory  over the  University of  Tennessee  in  Knoxville  last   Saturday  ,12th September .   Volunteer fans  were  disheartened  by  the  loss  on their   home  field.    picture  appears courtesy of  ap/photo/ Wade  Payne  ...............
UCLA players Glenn Love (20) and Aaron Ware (27) celebrate the team's 19-15 victory over the University of Tennessee in Knoxville last Saturday ,12th September . Volunteer fans were disheartened by the loss on their home field. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Wade Payne ...............

For Kiffin the baptism of fire as far as his professional coaching career goes. Well it was littered with miss-steps and the fact that his tenure amongst the professional ranks of the NFL ended in an acrimonious departure from the Oakland Raiders. Much of it was due to the fact he’d been thrust into the spotlight by Raiders’ owner Al Davis. Kiffin was ill prepared to deal with an undisciplined team. And the lines of communication between he and Davis were icy at best. But if anything he was doomed for failure not just by the poor on-field talent. But also from his lack of innovation and creativity when it came to coaching at the NFL level.

Courtesy of ESPN and AP:

Meyer stunned by Kiffin’s comments

By Chris Low of ESPN

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Urban Meyer used to spend every offseason with Monte Kiffin.

Beginning in 1996, when Meyer was an assistant at Notre Dame, he would travel to Tampa and visit with Kiffin for at least a day. Meyer would glean all he could from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator, picking his brain about defensive philosophy, coverage schemes and blitz packages.

Meyer continued the trips as head coach at Bowling Green (2001-02), Utah (2003-04) and Florida. Meyer even asked Kiffin to come to Gainesville after the Gators struggled on defense in 2007.

Meyer’s relationship with Kiffin, now Tennessee’s defensive coordinator, was good. It also made first-year Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin’s false recruiting allegations that much more surprising in February.

“Actually, yes it did,” Meyer said Sunday. “That’s one of the only comments I’ll make on it. Just because I was fairly close with his father and I just know the way he is. Like I said, that’s all over with. Coach Monte Kiffin and myself have a very good relationship.”

Meyer and Lane Kiffin might not be so buddy-buddy. It will be a main story line this week as the top-ranked Gators (2-0) and Tennessee (1-1) prepare for their Southeastern Conference opener in Gainesville.

The day after national signing day, Kiffin falsely accused Meyer of a recruiting violation. Kiffin told fans Meyer violated rules by phoning receiver prospect Nu’Keese Richardson while he was on an official visit at Tennessee. The NCAA and SEC, though, say it’s not a recruiting violation to contact recruits while they are on official visits to other schools.

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Kiffin (left)  shakes  hands  with  his   UCLA  counterpart Rick  Neuheisel   after the  game  played   in  Knoxville,  Tennessee.   picture  appears  courtesy of  ap/photo/  Wade  Payne  ......................
Kiffin (left) shakes hands with his UCLA counterpart Rick Neuheisel after the game played in Knoxville, Tennessee. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Wade Payne ......................

If Kiffin felt he was under undue pressure to perform well at the professional level. Well within the SEC , he’ll be in for a very rude awakening. With the conference being amongst the most competitive in all of college football. And the mere fact that – there are no easy games within the conference. Kiffin has to succeed and succeed fast ! For all of the furor that went on concerning his much revered predecessor. Failure here and now and he too , is likely to be cast aside by the program like an unwanted pet. The Volunteers’ program , its honor and relevancy are at stake. And the task facing Lane Kiffin at this moment is to place it back in ascendancy. Wherein, they’re thought of as one of the elite teams within the college game. It’s one thing to tow the line and have the fans wanting for more -talking about singing ‘Rocky Top’ and all of that. Results and recruiting will be the thing that matters most. Rather than all of the trash talking that’s been forthcoming.

Vols' quarterback  Johnathan  Comption (8)   attempts  a  pass  to   a  receiver  during the  first  half  of  the  game  against   the UCLA  Bruins.    picture  appears  courtesy of  ap/photo/ Wade  Payne  ....................
Vols' quarterback Johnathan Comption (8) attempts a pass to a receiver during the first half of the game against the UCLA Bruins. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Wade Payne ....................

There’s no denying what awaits the Volunteers this Saturday in Gainesville. They’ll be playing in-front of a vociferous and raucous crowd of Gators’ fans. Who won’t too easily forget the disparaging remarks Kiffin made about his counterpart, Urban Meyer. And by adding more coal to the fire and fanning the flames of animus , Kiffin went out of his way to accuse Meyer of violating NCAA recruiting rules concerning wide receiving prospect Nu’Keese Richardson . Something that has since been refuted by Meyer. And for which Kiffin, himself, has since been admonished by the NCAA -as well as for several other minor violations.

Vols'  player  Quintin Hancock (87)  outruns    UCLA's   Akeem Ayers(10) during  the  second  half  of  the  game  played  in  Knoxville   ,  Tennessee .   The  UCLA  Bruins  would   go  on  to  defeat  Tennessee  19-15  in  an  error  filled   game   by the  Volunteers.   picture  appears  courtesy  of  ap/photo/  Wade  Payne  ..................
Vols' player Quintin Hancock (87) outruns UCLA's Akeem Ayers(10) during the second half of the game played in Knoxville , Tennessee . The UCLA Bruins would go on to defeat Tennessee 19-15 in an error filled game by the Volunteers. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Wade Payne ..................

As the Gators seek to sustain their dominance within college football. Meyer and his team aren’t looking beyond this game. Complacency is something that neither he or Tim Tebow will allow. Not with so much being at stake and the chance of chasing their goal of a third national championship in four years. Legacies being what they are , this is game is set up whereby a lot of questions that’ve been asked are about to be answered one way or another.

Let’s hear it now ‘Rocky Top’ . Someone’s got to be resplendent of voice, well haven’t they ? Come on now ! Oh who am I kidding ?

For Kiffin and his team , he knows that as an underdog-in reality they’ve nothing to lose. But losing to the Gators in what’ll be a nationally televised game may well do more harm than good. It will prove to be a learning tool for this young team. But should the unthinkable happen , then rest assured that the self absorbed Lane Kiffin will be back to his usual self , promoting the fact he was able to back up his words of insuring the defeat of the Florida Gators.

We know that Mr Kiffin won’t be welcomed with open arms in Gainesville. But rest assured he’ll be cordially and vocally shown the door on his way out of town after Saturday’s event. And with the Gators being favored by a four touchdown margin of victory. Let’s just say that the chants awaiting Kiffin will at best be rambunctious. But in no way will it be downright obnoxious. But then again I maybe wrong , who can say ? Mr Kiffin welcome to Gainesville but please don’t let the door hit you too hard on the way out of town. Well not too hard anyway and at least not in a region where it’ll hurt too much. Many of us would like to think that at the end of the season you’ll have learned a thing or two about SEC football. Rather than whatever it was you thought you’d been learning while at USC.

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18 thoughts on “Mr Smith Went To Washington …..Mr Kiffin’s Coming To Gainesville, Florida …………

  1. Larry

    I can’t see the Gators losing this game but I’m not so sure that they’ll win by that four touchdown margin that the bookies have laid odds on – for them to do so.

    Either way I just want to see Kiffin’s head handed to him on a silver platter.

    Alan

  2. Anyone else see all the help Kif and the Vols were getting from the Refs during the UCLA game. e.g. the safety call in the 4th when it clearly was not a safety. I doubt they will get the same help this Sat.

    1. Ronin Storm

      Kiffin now actually think he’s amongst the big time. How fortunate that he’ll be in for a rude awakening amongst the Big Guns of the SEC.

      He’s on the clock as far as this program goes. If they’ve not improved over two years then he’ll be shown the door. And I don’t care how qualified his coaching staff is. That’ll be it plain and simple.

      1. The Vols aren’t used to losing nor looking forward to hoop season.If this year is really bad Kif may just get 1 year and a few games next year then das Boot.

    1. chappy 81

      Kiffin isn’t a guy that one likes on meeting for the first time. One can see it in the way he conducts himself . Especially after his first interview after accepting the position. Instead of being dignified he’s out there taunting his opposition. He’s done nothing at the collegiate level other than playing second fiddle to Pete Carroll.

      As I’ve already said he’s in for a rude awakening.

  3. Ronin Storm

    Although I wasn’t surprised by the move to get rid of Phil Fulmer. I believe it was a rush to judgement.
    Now they’ve got to live with this all and God knows what’ll happen next. Suffice to say they were forewarned after the mess in Oakland.

  4. chappy81

    There’s liking a coach who’s brash and confident and then there’s someone like Kiffin who’s yet to do a damn thing at either level of the game. I mean what has he actually achieved over the course of his professional career thus far ? Obviously he learned nothing from Pete Carroll , while at USC. Because if he did I doubt he’d have ran afoul of Al Davis and the Raiders.

    And even if it …… were a matter of ‘he said’ …..’he said’ . Kiffin still came off looking like a tool ! And the Raiders still remain ‘The Raiders’ !

    1. He definitly hasn’t done anything, and that’s probably why he ended up in college football. The only reason I see teams giving him chances is becasue his daddy was a great coach that was the mastermind behind Tampa’s great defenses. He’s living off pops reputation, and if he doesn’t show anything soon his run will be over…

      1. chappy

        If it’s meant to be defined by the old addage like father like son – or a chip of the old block . Then something is definitely amiss here. Lane Kiffin may well come from a football pedigree . But in essence he’s nowhere near as talented and insightful as his father when it comes to this game !

        He’s living on borrowed virtue. But in the world of collegiate and professional football. It’d appear that nepotism and who you know counts for more rather than real coaching talent at times.

        Alan Parkins

  5. It’s just like real life in that it’s not what you know it’s who you know! I can’t defend any of Lane’s actions, but his dad (Monte) has to be the reason he keeps getting these high profile jobs…

    1. chappy 81

      Talk about climbing on the back of others – this is getting ridiculous. For all sense and purpose there were far better qualified assistants and coordinators that the Vols’ hierarchy could’ve turned to. Minority or not. The Vols never even interviewed a minority coach , much less had one on their list of candidates it’s been said. So what does that tell you to begin with ? They were set on Kiffin as they viewed him as high profiled coach ? Isn’t that like saying Paris Hilton or Lindsay Lohan would make a good Ph.D. candidate given their apparent visibility to the public ?

      Alan Parkins

    1. Chris Humpherys

      You do realize that throwing a plastic bag of fecal matter and urine at a coach or a member of the public is against the law ? It’s got absolutely nothing to do with freedom of speech whatsoever. LOL,LOL, LOL !!! You’ve been forewarned .

      Enjoy it all whilst you’re there.I won’t be doing a post-fight piece as such on the Mayweather Marquez bout as such. But I’ll probably just post some pics of it.
      I for one don’t believe that Mayweather has this all in the bag . Marquez could pull a surprise upset win if Floyd becomes cock-sure of himself and is complacent. But on the other hand Floyd could KO Marquez.

      Alan Parkins

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