Notebook: No clowning around with media

Kiffin doesn't want players taking shots

Lane Kiffin expects more from his players than what he heard from the Florida Gators this week.

Kiffin said he "could care less" about Florida offensive lineman Matt Patchan calling the first-year Tennessee coach a "bozo", but said that's not acceptable for his players.

"I talk to our players a lot about the media," Kiffin said Saturday. "I would hope our players would never say something like that."

Kiffin has made some bulletin-board comments. He mistakenly accused Florida coach Urban Meyer of cheating, was reprimanded by the SEC and later apologized. However, Kiffin views name calling a bit different.

"I don't think I've ever said anything like that," Kiffin said, referring to the "bozo" comment.

Kiffin said comments from coaches and players are different. In other words, coaches - not players - should take the lead when it comes to inciting a reaction from fans, media and opponents.

Kiffin said it would bother him if any of his players called another coach a "bozo."

"Sure it would," he said. "I would hope our players would never talk that way about another coach."

Meyer said he also was displeased with Patchan's comments.

"We don't want to be doing that," Meyer told reporters Friday. "We just need to worry about the Florida Gators."

When further questioned on the remark, Meyer reportedly smirked and said, "I know you want me to say something good, but I'm not biting."

Wow, Williams: Defensive end Gerald Williams was often an unstoppable force during Saturday's scrimmage. The former linebacker registered three sacks and was often wreaking havoc in the backfield.

"He's everywhere again," Kiffin said. "I think that's probably six straight practices where he's made two or three significant plays."

Williams signed with UT in 2005, sat out a year of football and attended prep school and junior college to become eligible academically.

"I love the story of Gerald," Kiffin said. "Here's a guy that was buried on the depth chart early on - probably not a lot of people may have had hope for him.

"We just kept pushing him and he had a great off-season. The theme of the program is competing. He did that. He worked hard and he's starting for us right now."

Williams, often with the first team in front of Ben Martin, was frequently harassing quarterback Jonathan Crompton.

"He can feel things," Crompton said, "and he has a real good way of reading any type of play."

Williams' best reads came on rollouts when he seemed unblocked pursuing the quarterback.

"Nah, I didn't know it was coming," Williams said of the play-action plays. "Instincts and adjusting to the ball (were the key)."

Williams certainly has the respect of his fellow defenders.

"For him to be that big and that fast, he's probably one of the best athletes we have on our team," defensive end Chris Walker said of the 6-foot-5, 250-pounder.

Walker knows Williams' transition. Walker also came to UT as a linebacker and moved to defensive end.

"When he had to make that transition, it was kind of new to him just because he had a lot of stuff from linebacker," Walker said. "A lot of things are really different on d-line. When he started learning his stuff, you could see his confidence growing.

"You could see his speed picking up because he knew his stuff and he's playing ball."

Quarterback Chat: Crompton was part of a fumbled center-quarterback exchange, a fumbled handoff and a pass that was ruled a lateral as he tried to throw while being tackled.

"With anybody, it's key to limit mistakes," said Crompton, who was 17-of-24 for 185 yards. "Like the game maxims say, the team with the fewest mistakes will win."

Crompton avoided an interception when officials ruled a pass incomplete that was batted among a throng of defenders and appeared to be caught by safety Dennis Rogan for a turnover.

Junior Nick Stephens was 12-of-24 for 125 yards with three dropped passes.

"I think I played pretty solid," he said.

Stephens was dismayed by one sack he gave up that could have been avoided.

"I could have easily just checked it down," the junior said. "I knew what the defense was doing. I was just trying to do too much on that one play.

"For the most part I didn't do that and that's why I played well. I just took what they gave me. I feel like I played pretty well."

Stephens said he hopes there's still a tight battle for the starting quarterback position.

"I'd like to think so," he said. "We're both playing hard and we're trying not to think about the competition right now. We're just going out and trying to do our best."

Injury Report: Defensive backs Brent Vinson, Art Evans, Stephaun Raines, defensive linemen Wes Brown, Andre Mathis, linebacker Josh Hawkins, Rico McCoy, Herman Lathers, tight end Luke Stocker and receivers Gerald Jones and Denarius Moore were held out of the scrimmage.

None of the injuries are thought to be serious, other than Moore's. He could miss the first month of the season with a broken bone in his foot.

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CoachNeyland writes:

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Orangeblood13 writes:

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panties4tebow writes:

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Cute, that made me laugh!!

chad_t31 writes:

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Or better yet, they could go back and reinterview Shrek Pac-Man, or whatever his name was. He seemed like a joy to be around.

tdforvols writes:

Urban and his staff are rank amateurs who have never coached in the big time as opposed to our new totally professional team. Fla will be easily out-coached by the Lane train.

HollySpringsVOL writes:

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For more juvenile and totally useless posts, just wait for Bruto-not-really-a-Vol to start typing on his computer again.

chargervol writes:

Pluto just can't stay away. Skeered he may miss something. GO VOLS!!!

Volzo writes:

"Tight end Luke Stocker and receivers Gerald Jones and Denarius Moore were held out of the scrimmage."

The fact that Luke Stocker & Gerald Jones did not scrimmage, makes me feel a little better about the subpar performance by the offense today.

Mansonlamps writes:

Bruto: Fulmer is never coming back. Get over it.

SEC__Headgear writes:

You guys are acting like a bunch of 3rd graders.

I agree with the coach. Coaches should say what needs to be said. Player for any team should have enough respect for the game and the conference to never publicize ill will or silly name calling.
Meyer players conducting themselves in this maner does lead one to belive that he would cheat. Shortcuts lead to sloppiness; off the field at first but eventually everywhere.
If Meyer wanted to build some mutual respect and good will he would bench that Bozo Patchan.

CoverOrange writes:

Dave Hooker, let it go.

The older I get the less impressed I am with the media's idea of what is news, sports or otherwise.

panties4tebow writes:

Seems an apology is due from the player. Where is slive?

PoochPuntOn3rdDown writes:

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He just moved out of his office in Stokely, his old secretary has another job at UT and he's going to do commentary for CBS. How are they "keeping him around"? If you don't know what you're talking about then, once again, STFU.

Also, Johnny Majors wouldn't be coming back for Legends at halftime if Phil were still hanging around.

And before anyone says anything, I loved Phil as our coach. I actually didn't want him to get canned, but it wasn't my decision, and I'll always support the Vols, no matter who the coach is. Time for EVERYONE to get over it and move on.

panties4tebow writes:

Bruto wears panties!!!

panties4tebow writes:

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And you will have no further comments!!!!!!!!

NobodyCares (Inactive) writes:

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Like The Sears Tower, you can change your name but you will always be lil' zzgatorboy.

IamScaredOfTrees writes:

Wow, you're cool.

SEC__Headgear writes:

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I thought my comment was pretty funny. Especially that part about Bozo.

But if you must take this soooo seriously;
It is perfectly cool for guys like you to run their mouth. It's fun, relatively harmless, and pretty much irrelevant.
It is perfectly cool for coaches to run their mouth. Of course there may be consequences, living under the magnifying glass and all.
It is not cool for players to run their mouths. They are athletes. They play for coaches, they trust coaches, they should respect all coaches.
You should be ashamed if you are proud of Mr. Patchan.

tdtnsee writes:

Well in week two the Qb's are making the same mistakes ; fumbling the snap and hand off. That is unacceptable at this point, both qb's played a lot last year and should be plenty comfortable with there center and running backs not to make that same mistake over and over again . I hope the coaches punish the he11 out of them everytime this happens, cause no matter the scheme you should be able to get the snap and hand the ball off. As a qb you that is the first thing you learn you think JC and NS would have worked with Mcneil and the running backs all summer it should be like breathing to them. Hope they get it down soon or we're in big trouble.GO VOLS!!!!

vol_chaz writes:

Hearing Bruto get so excited, makes me think they are getting scared...Come back and talk to us when you get an undefeated season for once..

SEC__Headgear writes:

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That would be your point.

The point of the Bruto character is to sling a lot of phooey and see who he can get excited. Sometimes is works sometimes not.

Back to your point... If throwing rocks is wrong, how is throwing smaller rocks less wrong?

My point was some folks should not be allowed to throw rocks, namely players.

tdtnsee writes:

Saying myer cheated is totally different than saying coach myer is a cheater! CLK didn't call C.U.M(haha) a name he was just pointing out what he thought C.U.M's actions consisted of. So Bruto give it a rest your wrong and slive should make the florida player publicly apologize. We will find out who the bozo is come sept. 19

jman33163 writes:

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History of UT vs UF

19-19

You don't OWN anything

SEC__Headgear writes:

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Yes. Now you finally have it.

Are you kidding me? They are all adults. Players, coaches, reporters, producers, Bozos, etc.....

I think I heard you say the Florida football team is made up of children. None of those on the hill buddy.

cdonsbach writes:

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What was the score during the 1992 game?

tdtnsee writes:

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I personally think myer is a cheater and a arogant pierce!!!!
When your mentor is bill belicheat then I'm sure you learn a thing or two about breaking the rules!! CLK said he HAD to cheat and still didn't get nuke, he didn't say C. Myer IS a cheater, me personally , I think there's a differance you may not and that's ok but CLK didn't just flat out say C. Myer IS a Cheater, which would have been call him a name. Saying he had to cheat was discribing C. Myers actions in that situation. You see CLK used it as a "verb", C. Myers boy used it as a "Noun", completly different so its not the same.
GO VOLS!!!!!! F#@? Gators!!!

SeaBass writes:

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hey dummy i see you are at it again,why can't you just admit that you can't win and why don't just join,NOT...go away loser thats right i called you a name why don't run back with panties in a wad back to weinerwhiner and slivlessleeze and tell them how cruel we are boo hoo pink panty boy

tennezz writes:

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Ole bruno would make a good south end for a north bound horse! Lets hit the suggest removal every time this bozo posts!!!

jack_2222#231746 writes:

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Judging by arrest records, UF (Urban's Felons) has got its own plate full.

pdhuff#552644 writes:

Derailed.

richvol writes:

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That is,without question,the stupidest statement I have ever seen on this site. It is amazing how many morons are alive in America these days. Your opinions are a sad joke and a waste of space every day.

Chomp writes:

It seems to me that Kiffin has a double standard. It's okay for him, as the head coach, to call Meyer a cheater (which is name calling to anyone except Kiffin)and to then step back and claim to take the "high road" when it comes to his players. That's simply hypocritical.

"Kiffin said it would bother him if any of his players called another coach a "bozo."

So it didn't bother Kiffin to personally violate a rule by the SEC which states coaches will refrain from publicly slandering another SEC coach in public, but it DOES bother him to think that one of his players might refer that same coach by calling him a bozo? Note to Kiffin: Most people call that hypocritical. The key word there is "MOST".

MOST coaches wouldn't bother to comment on such an insignificant event ....again, "MOST".

madcountyvol writes:

I am really excited about our defense this year. I believe our DEs are going to be very very tough! Rico will be ready to go come gameday and have the LB core ready to hit! This 3 weeks like my dad BB said is going to feel like 3 years. I can't wait to see this team especially the D they're are going to be very good and I dont believe we need to worry to much about the secondary.

footballtime writes:

good article unlike Adams

footballtime writes:

here is the thing seems the florida media is stirring this insult pot to sale papers...but this kid is an idiot for playing into it with a comment which tells me they aren't thinking about football and this is sad and not worthey of a championship caliber team

Greer_Vol_22 writes:

in response to panties4tebow:

Seems an apology is due from the player. Where is slive?

not so fast panty, Florida player has that little "*" thing in the rule that applies to them thanks to the ESGN contract addendum. Slive approved the comment 2 weeks prior to it taking place.

pdhuff#552644 writes:

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Yes, Dupree set the bar high.

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