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Even before being officially introduced as Tennessee’s next head football coach, Lane Kiffin already is on the job.

Kiffin, who comes to Tennessee after 1 1⁄2 years as head coach of the Oakland Raiders and six seasons as an assistant at Southern California, met with his new team Sunday night. On Sunday morning, he called a few recruits.

And he’s also been busy building a new staff.

Kiffin, 33, will be introduced as UT’s 21st head football coach during a 2 p.m. press conference today in the Wolf-Kaplan Center inside Neyland Stadium.

He replaces Phillip Fulmer, who was fired Nov. 3 and led UT to a 152-52 record in 16-plus seasons with the Vols.

Kiffin’s staff has a family feel.

Citing multiple unnamed sources, ESPN reported that Kiffin’s father, Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, will become UT’s defensive coordinator after Tampa’s season is over.

The elder Kiffin, 68, has been with the Buccaneers the last 13 seasons and is regarded as one of the NFL’s top defensive minds.

“It’s all just speculation. That’s all it is,” Monte Kiffin told the Associated Press on Sunday, responding to the report after Tampa Bay improved to 9-3 with a win over the New Orleans Saints. “I can honestly tell you it’s speculation, just like it came up with the Raiders, it came up two years ago, it came up last year.”

South Carolina quarterbacks coach and recruiting coordinator David Reaves also is expected to join Kiffin at Tennessee.

South Carolina announced Sunday that Reaves, 29, resigned after five years as a full-time coach with the Gamecocks.

“He had a wonderful opportunity presented to him and we wish him the best,” South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said in a press release.

Reaves, whose father John Reaves was an All-American quarterback at Florida and coached on Spurrier’s staff with the Gators, is Lane Kiffin’s brother-in-law.

Reaves also has been named one of Rivals.com’s top 25 recruiters and helped put together a consensus top-10 recruiting class in 2007 regarded as one of the best in South Carolina history.

Other potential candidates to join Kiffin’s staff are:

n New Orleans Saints defensive line coach and former Ole Miss head coach Ed Orgeron. Orgeron coached with Kiffin at Southern Cal, but could be a candidate at LSU, if the Tigers make changes to their defensive staff.

n Green Bay Packers defensive quality control coach and former Louisville quarterbacks coach and recruiting coordinator Joe Whitt Jr.

n Nebraska graduate assistant Chris Kiffin, Lane’s younger brother.

n Former Nebraska head coach and New York Jets assistant offensive head coach Bill Callahan.

n Southern Cal quarterbacks graduate assistant Yogi Roth. Kiffin reportedly offered Roth, a former wide receiver at Pittsburgh, a job as assistant wide receivers coach with the Raiders.

Meanwhile, UT’s four defensive coaches will not be retained, according to a source within the program.

Offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Dave Clawson also will not be back.

Offensive line coach Greg Adkins will not be retained either, a source said.

UT’s other three offensive assistants — running back coach Stan Drayton, receivers coach Latrell Scott and tight ends coach Jason Michael — will be evaluated before final decisions are made, although it is unlikely any would remain on staff next season.

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Grim1 writes:

Kiffin is Burning the house down...REBUILD IT...BIGGER...STRONGER...BETTER!!!

djgovols writes:

Well lets give our new coach a chance and lets see what happens. Got to give him credit hes already on the job trying to make this team better !

VOLinAthensGA writes:

Uhhhh, First. OK, everybody cross their fingers.... Oh, and FIRE JOHN ADAMS!

Vol23304 writes:

Go Vols. I hope all this works. I still miss Phil.

UT_VOLS75 writes:

YEAH BABY LETS GO KIFFIN!!!! I cant wait til next year.

orangebloodgmc writes:

Kiffin, tell them you won't take it unless John Adams is fired.

volsfan33 writes:

Does anybody remember MIKE SHULA at Alabama???? This is feeling like dejavu... Hope Hamilton knows that this as with most experiments can blow up in his face. If this doesnt work out it will be Mike who? I assure you he will be easier to let go than Fulmer was. No tears will be shed. Go Vols!!

ctownvol writes:

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...but no losses to Kentucky!

SignalMtnVol writes:

"Offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Dave Clawson also will not be back."

That's the best thing I've read all week !

allvolinatlanta writes:

matt you weren't first. you must have been in one of those little leagues that were concerned about a kids self esteem where every one won and yet you were really just 3rd.

VOLS10 writes:

Well we've hired a pretty boy! It has the making of a "All in the Family" hiring. Daddy, brother, brother-in-law, surely his sister can coach something. We are the laughing stock of all reports today. 152-52 vs 5-15. Just a amazing.

SignalMtnVol writes:

in response to VOLS10:

Well we've hired a pretty boy! It has the making of a "All in the Family" hiring. Daddy, brother, brother-in-law, surely his sister can coach something. We are the laughing stock of all reports today. 152-52 vs 5-15. Just a amazing.

Yep, and 13 - 16 in his last 29 SEC games . . . . .

kdaaron#423958 writes:

What's the over/under on how long these guys stick around? Then what?

knucklehead_vol writes:

in response to VOLS10:

Well we've hired a pretty boy! It has the making of a "All in the Family" hiring. Daddy, brother, brother-in-law, surely his sister can coach something. We are the laughing stock of all reports today. 152-52 vs 5-15. Just a amazing.

become a notre dame fan...the media loves them, since you are so sensitive and all to what they think.

Mansonlamps writes:

It's kind of a tacky point to make, but while there appears to be a lot of great coaching talent so far it doesn't look like there is one black coach on the new staff. Still a ways to go to fill out all the positions, but I'm just saying.

knucklehead_vol writes:

in response to kdaaron#423958:

What's the over/under on how long these guys stick around? Then what?

uh..we'll cross that bridge when it gets here?

VOLS10 writes:

Wait and see, you'll wish we had Fulmer in a few years when we get hit with probation, and lose to Vandy and Ky.

TotalPackage1 writes:

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His resume' is just as good as Obama's...wait, that didn't matter either...we just wanted "Change" right?

soccervol writes:

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Out of curosity...Who would be your pick?

ctownvol writes:

I like the way the staff is taking shape. Those who bash coach Kiffin for bringing his family on are probably the same ones who said we should stay within the family when making a hire. I say family is a good thing. Kiffin family, welcome to the UT family.

govols22231 writes:

in response to hiresanders:

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are you serious fire kiffin, atleast give him a chance

GGun09 writes:

i like this go kiffin

carters_dad writes:

Fulmer was 152 wins and 52 loses, i hope kiffen succeeds but i would just about bet a coke that he doesn't even see 52 games at Tennessee as head coach.

fredricks writes:

in response to SignalMtnVol:

"Offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Dave Clawson also will not be back."

That's the best thing I've read all week !

LMAO!

Mansonlamps writes:

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asleep#212036 writes:

in response to volsfan33:

Does anybody remember MIKE SHULA at Alabama???? This is feeling like dejavu... Hope Hamilton knows that this as with most experiments can blow up in his face. If this doesnt work out it will be Mike who? I assure you he will be easier to let go than Fulmer was. No tears will be shed. Go Vols!!

Mike Shula's biggest job prior to HC at Alabama was a special assistant to an offensive coordinator in the pros. And, Alabama was coming off NCAA sanctions with limited scholarships. Kiffin has been OC at USC and a HC in the NFL. Regardless of his record with the Raiders, they don't hand those jobs out to just anybody, politics aside. Pete Carroll, Jeff Fisher, and others seem to think he's the real deal. There were no such accolades for the younger Shula. And we have a full complement of players and a great recruiting class lining up. No comparison at all IMO. Go Vols!!!

carters_dad writes:

i do hope that Drayton and Scott stays.

knucklehead_vol writes:

in response to VOLS10:

Wait and see, you'll wish we had Fulmer in a few years when we get hit with probation, and lose to Vandy and Ky.

do you have schizophrenia?

allvol9 writes:

Already off and running....love the energy he will bring. Go Vols and Go Coach Kiffin.

papavol writes:

MY GOD

ctownvol writes:

in response to gatorzz:

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Every family has that one "slow" cousin who sits in the corner at family functions staring off into space. You generally don't them much attention. Right? Or maybe your second cousin's wife who is always there doing nothing but complaining. Same thing.

knucklehead_vol writes:

in response to carters_dad:

Fulmer was 152 wins and 52 loses, i hope kiffen succeeds but i would just about bet a coke that he doesn't even see 52 games at Tennessee as head coach.

golly gee, a whole coke?

Doobz15 writes:

in response to volsfan33:

Does anybody remember MIKE SHULA at Alabama???? This is feeling like dejavu... Hope Hamilton knows that this as with most experiments can blow up in his face. If this doesnt work out it will be Mike who? I assure you he will be easier to let go than Fulmer was. No tears will be shed. Go Vols!!

Mike Shula didn't recruit and was never part of anything big. His name was what got him hired. Get a clue.

VOLS10 writes:

in response to hiresanders:

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Tell it like it is: I'm with you on this one... Mike Hamilton wanted to hire someone fast and cheap. He and Kiffin will be fired in less than 4 seasons. Bank on it!!

SignalMtnVol writes:

All these gloom and doom a--holes crawling out of the woodwork! Look, I'm sure Mike Hamilton gave a big ol' turd that you don't approve of his pick. When you start throwing a mil per at the Athletic department, maybe.

allvolinatlanta writes:

in response to Mansonlamps:

It's kind of a tacky point to make, but while there appears to be a lot of great coaching talent so far it doesn't look like there is one black coach on the new staff. Still a ways to go to fill out all the positions, but I'm just saying.

It is not "kind of a tacky point" it is a tacky point. Particularly when 2 of the only 3 coaches retained are black (maybe all 3, I'm not sure about Jason Michael).

Why not bemoan the fact that no coach off the 6th. best defense in the nation are not retained.

Then you might focus on talent alone.

asleep#212036 writes:

in response to hiresanders:

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Neither Tuberville nor Saban had ever coached a perfect season before they got to the SEC. In fact, Saban still hasn't pending the outcome of Saturday's game. Meyer's perfect season was at Utah and from what's been said about Peterson and Kelly on this site, apparently that doesn't count because of the level of competition. Further, Pete Carroll says Kiffin did call the plays at USC as OC. Other than the obvious nepotism, which could bite him in the tail later, I don't get your point. Sorry. Go Vols!!!

SignalMtnVol writes:

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And Dave Clawson did fantastic in 1-AA as well. Couple of coach o' the year honors and such. That went over well, huh?

SuperVolfan writes:

The only media I've heard bashing the hire is the local media. The very ones who called for change. They only want to stir things up to keep their jobs. Otherwise they have nothing negative to write or talk about. Positive stories don't sell papers anymore.

Doobz15 writes:

Yeah lets bring Fulmer back. Lets not do anything and continue to get our butts beat year in and year out by ranked opponents.

govols22231 writes:

in response to carters_dad:

Fulmer was 152 wins and 52 loses, i hope kiffen succeeds but i would just about bet a coke that he doesn't even see 52 games at Tennessee as head coach.

he sounds like a good recruiter, if he can get a good staff + good talent = success

knucklehead_vol writes:

in response to hiresanders:

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yeah..he wanted to move to fast, plus he wanted the nd once he saw it is about to become available, which is what he'll be.

TexasVolunteer writes:

Ok boys...here we go!!! Let's get on the train!!! Should be a great ride!

Just remember.....Daddy's defense has been one of the NFL's leading squads for, what...10 years? When the Bucs won the Super Bowl, their offense sucked...but the defense was the league's best!! Just remember, offense puts butts in the seats....defense wins CHAMPIONSHIPS!!!

We're going up people.....

ctownvol writes:

in response to hiresanders:

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I have no idea who Hamilton talked to and neither do any of us. Who's to say he wasn't interviewed and was a total d.a? Maybe all of those details will be brought out later.

SignalMtnVol writes:

in response to hiresanders:

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Check the facts. Sarkisian and Kiffin were "Co" offensive coordinators, over which Pete Carroll OK'ed or Vetoed.

VOLS10 writes:

in response to Mansonlamps:

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You must be a Vandy fan or Mike Hamilton's brother! Wait and see, he will not last. All you Fulmer haters want to talk about 1 or 2 seasons, look at the career as a whole. 1 year ago I was sitting in the Ga. dome watching my VOLS. A pass away from a SEC Championship!

volfan_in_mississippi writes:

in response to gatorzz:

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Does Florida not have any fan web-sites or are you just a closet Tennessee fan?

DennisVols writes:

Kiffin is putting together a staff that has a successful past and some with insight into the SEC.
Make all the cracks you want right now nothing proven either way until after he is given a chance.
Richt was an inproved coach who was only a OC at FSU prior to getting the job at GA.
With the proper support staff Kiffin will be successful. As I stated in a post on a differt story ESPN thought Wies was the right hire at ND. Lee got fired from every coaching job he ever had. Those that can coach, those that can't talk about those that can.

Su_Fi writes:

whats bad-mouthing the new coach gonna accomplish? the only thing we as fans can do is be positive about the hire and generate good energy for the new staff, players, and recruits...

love ya Fulmer and, as a current student at Miss St, hope to see ya soon, but let the Kiffen era begin positively... come on UT and as always Go Vols!

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