Poll: Do you think ESPN orchestrated a 'gotcha' moment in its Outside the Lines report on Kiffin?

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utvols420 writes:

I don't think they did it on purpose but I also don't think it should be UT's fault. I'm sure Lane Kiffin didn't get to edit the video. The NCAA should inform ESPN that they can't show that kind of footage.

dvols writes:

rocky top you will always be............

ALASKA_VOL writes:

I don't think it was on purpose, but they certainly knew it was and had no problem airing it.

Kiffin knows that that was a violation and should have kicked the camera man out. Or he weighed the publicity vs a secondary violation and chose the publicity.

kiffownsfla writes:

It gets us in the news for at least one more week anyway they had us on cfl last week first and again today so knoxville is getting plenty of att lol! GO VOLS!!

Ringleader writes:

The violation was not the airing of the footage, but allowing the media to influence the prospect.

Poor office management........Period.

tums writes:

They even researched which rule was broken with them videotaping a recruit while they were taping a story. They reported the potential violation immediately after airing it. This was a news program that made its own news.

olozbal#646632 writes:

If it wasn't for an outright attempt during Kiffin's previous interview with College Football Live where the interviewer pretty obviously tried to get Kiffin to mention a recruit's name I would have written it off as a fluke.

Instead, this seems less like journalism than somebody trying to make news out of nothing on a slow news cycle. Shocker.

ANGRYWOLF writes:

in response to tweetdriver63#346474:

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True.They knew.

ESPN is a crooked organization.

bnakk#240693 writes:

in response to olozbal#646632:

If it wasn't for an outright attempt during Kiffin's previous interview with College Football Live where the interviewer pretty obviously tried to get Kiffin to mention a recruit's name I would have written it off as a fluke.

Instead, this seems less like journalism than somebody trying to make news out of nothing on a slow news cycle. Shocker.

ESPN's parent company, ABC, does this 24/7/365 (making up the news or creating it where it does not exist) no surprise here.

LiveFaith writes:

Remember. Any attention is good for the program, whether it's positive or negative. No, I'm not alking about CLK and the Vols football team. I'm talking about ESPN and their ratings.
As long as we sheep continue to believe that ABCCBSNBCCNNFOXNPRPBSESPNETC actually report what is news, then we are doomed. Nothing but propaganda form the globalist elite 24/7.
Will we ever learn?

teampenny#658108 writes:

Did any one think the story would be flattering to UT? Us against the world sooner or later the university will be beat down. LK started down this road-we all got to see how it plays out. Go Vols

gohawks1 writes:

Seems to me that ESPN committed a recruiting violation instead of UT. Just my opinion...

whichdoctor writes:

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smitbo7 writes:

I hate this new staff. Who will be our next coach after Kiffin leaves the program in ashes?

paradisetaxi writes:

kiffin was hired bu UT to get the program back in national focus ...he's done this repeatedly...kiffin is a new breed to the SEC that nobody has seen before...i cant remember a coach at UT that the public is more eager to welcome...UT is on the map again...if we have a lil fuss or a big fuss ..i think people look at Tennessee with a more positive ..agressive approach to NEW football...I welcome this UPDATED scheme

olozbal#646632 writes:

I love the office he has though. Damn impressive.

paradisetaxi writes:

i posted my comment before i read most of this Cr-P...what a bunch of p------..unbelieveable!..do u really think K has gotten this far by being stupid ????give K his chance...hes a big talker ..lets see if he can back it up...ive got his back like most for this new team...

PepperGrinder (Inactive) writes:

Of course they did. Did anyone catch the last time Lane was on ESPN? They tried to get him to mention a recruit by name.

chad_t31 writes:

Just ask urself this...how did bob ley know the exact code of the rule? Of course they knew it'd be a secondary violation before the airing of the show. Ley's not THAT intelligent.

whichdoctor writes:

in response to paradisetaxi:

i posted my comment before i read most of this Cr-P...what a bunch of p------..unbelieveable!..do u really think K has gotten this far by being stupid ????give K his chance...hes a big talker ..lets see if he can back it up...ive got his back like most for this new team...

I think Kiffin "has gotten this far by" being MK's son.

I went to UT. Love the Vols. I hope this is the last time LK makes me ashamed.

Seriously.

I hope he wins every game also.

GerryOP writes:

Probably did not "orchestrate" it, but they certainly did not pass on the opportunity for a "gotcha."

paradisetaxi writes:

i totally agree whichdoctor !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BhamVol writes:

Why does the compliance office not have either the director of compliance or one of the assistant directors sitting in the room for the interview and any other interview to edit in real-time what is said?

I'd lay this one at the feet of the compliance office and Hamilton. If nothing else, UT should have demanded the opportunity to see the end result before it was broadcast.

Go Vols!

JamMasterJ writes:

This is just the beginning of ESPN gettin' into stuff to boost their ratings. When someone "buys" your league, they feel entitled. They will continue to get access to SEC schools, take the footage, and broadcast a story from their viewpoint. Don't you think with all that footage that they could have done a story about the new excitement at TN? That doesn't make a buzz. Let's choose this angle, and look, we have footage that adds to the story. Be on your toes, Mike. The days of moving games to get exposure are over. ESPN will be watching your every move. They are about to turn the SEC into a soap opera.

Mo' money. Mo' problems.

rocky_topper writes:

Of course they knew. I wish UT would start telling ESPN to start kissing their a____ everytime they called them for an interview.

rocky_topper writes:

in response to smitbo7:

I hate this new staff. Who will be our next coach after Kiffin leaves the program in ashes?

Poor Vicky! Sorry you feel that way, but it most likely won't be Fat A____, so get over the bitterness!

jsm67vol writes:

in response to bnakk#240693:

ESPN's parent company, ABC, does this 24/7/365 (making up the news or creating it where it does not exist) no surprise here.

Spot on post. These so called reporters today have no interest in reporting a story in an unbiased manner. Unfortunately Lane has given them some material to try to use against him. The funniest part of it all is that no matter how bad the media tries to portray Lane, the prospects come here and meet him and love him and what he is doing for our beloved Vols! I just hope that come Aug/Sept, the Vols play will be the attention getter and Lane won't have to do some of the things he has to get attention back on UT.

BigVolFaninSC writes:

We all know what a professional and upstanding organization that ESPN is and they would NEVER do anything to gain headlines! Pure 100% journalism; That's what ESPN stands for! By the way, did any one catch the NAME of the person from the Raiders that they quoted?

OrangeCrush writes:

So this season when ESPN is televising a UT game and we jump off sides I suppose it will be ESPN's fault?

TommyJack writes:

in response to gohawks1:

Seems to me that ESPN committed a recruiting violation instead of UT. Just my opinion...

Of course this was contrived.

798orange writes:

This latest alleged secondary violation needs to be the last one we hear about for awhile. Hamilton need to take responsibility and stop this stuff----we are getting too careless and arrogant here. You normally don't even hear about secondary violations at other schools but now we are under the microscope. I would think Coach Kiffin knew he was not supposed to be on film with the recruits but chose to do it anyway. We have got our name out there again so I don't believe we need to go overboard on the publicity thing. Don't start this ESPN stuff again. Enough.

tums writes:

Did anyone see the College Football Live featuring Tennessee recently? How many times did that moron Gumble and his sidekick mention knowing the rules in regard to Kiffin. ESPN is getting really bad regarding bias. They used to just report sports news, now they make their own and try to get the audience to think one way or the other. The only thing Kiffin did was call out Meyer. If he had not done that they wouldnt be reporting his very minor secondary violations like this. Every school has them. Its just that Kiffin hasn't bowed at Meyers feet.

notoriousBIGorange writes:

The ESPN camera crew and reporter probably didn't know it was a violation when they taped it. The problem was that Bob Ley and his staff did the research to know it was a violation and they could have called CLK, informed him and given him the option of having that footage edited out. Instead, they didn't inform CLK or the university, aired the footage and then went on-air to "report" the violation to a national TV audience. That was the shady part of this from ESPN, IMHO.

Elkabong1940 writes:

in response to ALASKA_VOL:

I don't think it was on purpose, but they certainly knew it was and had no problem airing it.

Kiffin knows that that was a violation and should have kicked the camera man out. Or he weighed the publicity vs a secondary violation and chose the publicity.

I think you got it!

notoriousBIGorange writes:

in response to RollTide987:

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I hear that McGraw-Hill (test book company) is taking out 60 second ads for these 2 days...

GreenDevilVol writes:

Orchestrate,orchestrate; ESPN I would think so,did they tell of this on NATIONAL T.V. when UConn gave a tour of ESPN to Myra Moore..NNNNoooooooooooooooooooooooo !!!!!

GreenDevilVol writes:

ESPN is a crooked media outlet.They still have that "trailer trash" coverage in my book !!!

GreenDevilVol writes:

in response to GreenDevilVol:

ESPN is a crooked media outlet.They still have that "trailer trash" coverage in my book !!!

and KNS is their whipping boy outlet too !!! Go to H.E.L.L. Adams!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ron1967 writes:

in response to olozbal#646632:

If it wasn't for an outright attempt during Kiffin's previous interview with College Football Live where the interviewer pretty obviously tried to get Kiffin to mention a recruit's name I would have written it off as a fluke.

Instead, this seems less like journalism than somebody trying to make news out of nothing on a slow news cycle. Shocker.

Yep, ESPN is predictable. LK is going to have to learn just how predictable they are and have been for the past sixteen years. This goes back to the dismissal of Johnny Majors.

No reasonable person believes that the Woodson for the Heisman campaign was anything other than an anti-UT campaign. Peyton just happened to be a means to an end.

What other defensive players have ever won the Heisman other than Woodson? Answer, none. When has there ever been a campaign by a major network for a particular player as there was with Woodson? Answer, never.

ethanfrome writes:

The violation is when you present a recruit to the media. Even if ESPN would have trashed the tape, UT still committed the violation. You can't blame ESPN for the violation, even if they knew it was a violation while they taped it.

IMO it was obvious, LK knew he was "bending" another rule to get attention for us. I hope it works.

VOLDoll writes:

All schools are loaded down with secondary violations. The NCAA has made it impossible to for this not to happen.

Ringleader writes:

in response to ethanfrome:

The violation is when you present a recruit to the media. Even if ESPN would have trashed the tape, UT still committed the violation. You can't blame ESPN for the violation, even if they knew it was a violation while they taped it.

IMO it was obvious, LK knew he was "bending" another rule to get attention for us. I hope it works.

You are exactly correct. The violation occurred when the prospect was exposed to the media for an advantage in recruting. You watch the replay and you can see Coach K tried to take advantage of the media exposure. This in fact may not be a secondary violation should the prospect commit to UT. This entire senerio is known by every grad assistant on the planet. Why does this head coach not know this?

whichdoctor writes:

Comment removed? I'm not a troll. I went to UT. I'd rather read all the "ZZ" and "DC" foolishness and not have UT grads' posts removed. Insane.

Where shall I send a copy of my diploma? I think my comment was "They took advantage of our dummy," and PLEASE LOOK AT THE QUESTION ON THE POST. I don't know how true it is, but it is specifically, warmly in answer.

tennezz writes:

ESPN was the ring leader in the drive to keep Peyton Manning from winning the heisman trophy, So don`t expect anything else from them! Kiffin is smarter than all these idiots on espn put together, So don`t spend a lot of time worring about this!!!

RockyTop1 writes:

Just like the "Heistman" run they did for Woodson against Peyton! Sure nuff!!

old_number1 writes:

in response to whichdoctor:

Comment removed? I'm not a troll. I went to UT. I'd rather read all the "ZZ" and "DC" foolishness and not have UT grads' posts removed. Insane.

Where shall I send a copy of my diploma? I think my comment was "They took advantage of our dummy," and PLEASE LOOK AT THE QUESTION ON THE POST. I don't know how true it is, but it is specifically, warmly in answer.

Wow. That must have really hurt your feelings.

What does 'specifically, warmly in answer' mean?

If you are not a troll, why did you create a new username on June 5th that imitates a regular UT Vol poster that has posted on here much longer? Very childish! Were all other usernames already taken?

I think you do protest too much!!!

old_number1 writes:

in response to why36knot#656113:

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Ok. I see. You are a florida fan!!

Couchdummy writes:

Do you think Mike Hamilton ever wakes up in the middle of the night and wishes the hiring was a dream?

SandySpringsVol writes:

How's this for a scenario...

CLK: "Hey guys, it's been fun, but I've got some recruits here that I need to meet with."

ESPN: "No problem. Better yet, how about we film you while you're shaking their hands and stuff?"

CLK: "I dunno; that's a violation of NCAA rules -- filming recruits while they're on campus."

ESPN: "Don't worry. We won't air that footage. Give the kids a thrill."

CLK: "OK, so long as it doesn't go on the air."

Not saying it happened that way, but...

ctownvol writes:

For a long time I thought the ESPN conspiracy theory was blown a little out of proportion. Now I'm not so sure.

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