Arrogant? Monte Kiffin says son is just ‘confident'

It’s only natural to think that new Tennessee football coach Lane Kiffin would just stroll down the hall when he needed some coaching advice.

After all, Kiffin’s father, defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, is just a few steps away in the Neyland-Thompson Sports Complex.

Yet the Kiffins don’t exactly work like that.

Sure, Monte Kiffin is always there, but he’s not the first person his son calls when he needs a professional ear to bend.

“It’s not that much really,” UT’s defensive coordinator said Friday when asked how often he offers advice to his 33-year-old son. “It was more when he was younger. His mentor has really been Pete Carroll for six years.”

As a Southern California assistant (2001-07), Lane Kiffin saw Carroll rebuild the Trojans first hand.

At the same time, Monte Kiffin was busy building his bulging resume in various NFL cities.

“That’s where he became a really good coach, under Pete Carroll,” Monte Kiffin said. “There’s no doubt about it.”

Having coached with Carroll for nine years over his career, Monte Kiffin knew his son was in good hands at USC.

Now, UT’s program is in Lane Kiffin’s hands — and there have been some fumbles along the way.

There were Kiffin’s allegations of cheating against Florida coach Urban Meyer, some semi-gloating concerning the hiring of former Alabama assistant Lance Thompson and a trio of minor, secondary NCAA violations — all since Kiffin was hired in late November.

The quantity of the issues — more than the severity of any one of them — has painted Lane Kiffin as cocky to some and confident to others. Varied opinions are largely based on rooting interests.

“Maybe there’s times that Lane has come off as arrogant,” Monte Kiffin said. “… But I know he’s not arrogant.

“He’s confident in what he’s doing. That could have been misconstrued a little bit. My son’s not perfect, you know. Neither am I.”

Yet perfect may be what many fans expect from Lane Kiffin, who replaced one of SEC’s most recognizable figures in Phillip Fulmer.

The magnitude of doing such — as well as leading one of the nation’s top programs — has been a bit startling for the Kiffins, even for Monte Kiffin, who has 30-plus years of coaching experience.

“I knew this was a big deal here. That’s why I came here,” Monte Kiffin said. “It’s an awesome place but he’s (Lane Kiffin) got a lot on his plate.

“It’s unbelievable. Tennessee football is big. He was ready for that. He’s doing a good job of it. There is a lot that you have to do. There are a lot of demands on you. He knew that. He saw Pete Carroll go through that at Southern Cal.”

Few coordinators in the SEC are as young as Lane Kiffin, who is heading up a college program for the first time in his young career. It’s easy to point to age when Kiffin makes a misstep.

Monte Kiffin disagrees with such a notion.

“I don’t think it has to do with age,” he said. “You could be 53. There’s a lot. If you’re the head coach at Tennessee, you better know what you’re doing and be able to wear a lot of different hats.”

As for the Meyer allegations, Monte Kiffin will point to the excitement of that now infamous recruiting breakfast as one of the reasons his son said too much.

UT had just come off a thrilling National Signing Day in which the Vols secured two former Florida commitments: receiver Nu’Keese Richardson and athlete Marsalis Teague.

The crowd was begging to be worked into a frenzy. Yet Monte Kiffin doesn’t use the surroundings as an excuse.

“You certainly can’t say those things,” Monte Kiffin said. “If you had been there to see it, you’d have seen he was excited about Eddie (Orgeron) recruiting the guy.”

If Lane Kiffin achieves the same success that his mentor, Carroll, has achieved at USC, memories of that breakfasts and other missteps will fade quickly. Monte Kiffin doesn’t think the challenge in Knoxville is nearly as tough as it was in Los Angeles.

“Tennessee has been better than what Southern Cal was,” Monte Kiffin said, “but I think that growing experience of being under Pete and recruiting nationwide has been very beneficial to him.”

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dvhill100 writes:

He would know better than anyone.

yeavols#228407 writes:

in response to dvhill100:

He would know better than anyone.

Only KNS can reinvent this story over and over to drum up some business...let it go

Dooley_Wears_Orange writes:

Woo woo! Confident enough to "re-land" Oku!

yeavols#228407 writes:

sorry Dvh100 inadvertently hit the reply button. Didn't mean to respond.

dvhill100 writes:

GO Coach LK and MK. I do think they were a bit unprepared for the microscope the SEC puts on football compared to the PAC-10 and even the NFL. I think they will be fine.

dvhill100 writes:

in response to yeavols#228407:

sorry Dvh100 inadvertently hit the reply button. Didn't mean to respond.

No worries.

Yes, the story has been rehashed some, but at least it's football news, and I liked getting some information from MK.

gohawks1 writes:

From the article: "Now, UT’s program is in Lane Kiffin’s hands — and there have been some fumbles along the way."

Those weren't fumbles, Mr. Hooker. They were very calculated strategic moves to keep the interest in the program high and to keep the program in the light. Negative moves? Maybe. But it's like that corny jingle in a tv commercial that you just can't get out of your head. You'll remember the product in the end, and buy it anyway. Richardson, Teague, Oku..... see what I mean?

dvhill100 writes:

After reading the sullen response UM gave regarding LK's comments, it will be "interesting" in the swamp this year. I guess the public apology by LK wasn't enough for UM. I can't say I am surprised, and MR's apology to UM last year was also obviously rejected as evidenced by the run-up and then the petty timeouts.

This game has the potential to be one of the most brutal, hard hitting games of the year. It may be one of those deals like when I play rugby on the Marine team while stationed in London: We always got beat, but they always carried off more players than we did. Morale victory.

TommyJack writes:

How many days, Gerry?

randzimm#255981 writes:

Ole Monte the Defensive God pardoned Lane.. all is good, all is well.. GO VOLS

hotrodvol writes:

CLK doesn't want to fail at this job. I beleive he will give all his effort to this job. CLK and MLK are VOLS book it!!!

JohnsonCity_George writes:

Hey Hooker(gatorzz), do you have a spread sheet with headings like : No. of Times Offended Oscar, No. of Secondary Violations? Really, are you just waiting on a story? Why don't you call somebody that is not a blood relative. You know, get a interview that you actually have to ask your own questions. Have you talked to any ex-players of Kiffin?

pdhuff#552644 writes:

Good read.

Ler 'er rip, Kiffins.

elizabethtonvol72 writes:

Some good stuff from daddy Kiffin. Now lets get the guys ready to play some hard nose, hard hittin TN FOOTBALL!!! GO BIG ORANGE!!

RockyTopVolFan writes:

To Lane & Monte;

Don't let some negative sports writers get you down, the fans are with you and wish you the best.

Congrats on the Oku signing, too. Keep the pressure up...our competition is tough, but we can prevail.

gohawks1 writes:

I see that gatorzz's lizzard is drooping again. His reptile disfunction must be flaring up. Poor little feller loves the Vols so much that he just can't stay away. Maybe he can get his doctor to write him a prescription for Urbanagra or Timalis to help him "feel the desire" for his own team again.

dvhill100 writes:

in response to gohawks1:

I see that gatorzz's lizzard is drooping again. His reptile disfunction must be flaring up. Poor little feller loves the Vols so much that he just can't stay away. Maybe he can get his doctor to write him a prescription for Urbanagra or Timalis to help him "feel the desire" for his own team again.

Urbanagra or Timalis?

That is hilarious.

belayvol writes:

in response to dvhill100:

After reading the sullen response UM gave regarding LK's comments, it will be "interesting" in the swamp this year. I guess the public apology by LK wasn't enough for UM. I can't say I am surprised, and MR's apology to UM last year was also obviously rejected as evidenced by the run-up and then the petty timeouts.

This game has the potential to be one of the most brutal, hard hitting games of the year. It may be one of those deals like when I play rugby on the Marine team while stationed in London: We always got beat, but they always carried off more players than we did. Morale victory.

Puke on the gators and bammers. No apologies. Don't like what we say? Take it out on the field. Let's see what happens when our team plays lights out and ready to rock some gator snot. Last man standing wins.

txvolsfan writes:

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YAWN

dc_4_ut writes:

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dvhill100 writes:

in response to belayvol:

Puke on the gators and bammers. No apologies. Don't like what we say? Take it out on the field. Let's see what happens when our team plays lights out and ready to rock some gator snot. Last man standing wins.

Well said.

txvolsfan writes:

in response to RockyTopVolFan:

To Lane & Monte;

Don't let some negative sports writers get you down, the fans are with you and wish you the best.

Congrats on the Oku signing, too. Keep the pressure up...our competition is tough, but we can prevail.

I don't think down is in their vocabulary!!! These guys are 100MPH all the time. I'm pumped just thinking about the season

baldfan writes:

I have never been this excited about a new coach, new coaching staff and the Orange & White game!

This season will be tough, but I am willing to bet we will win the games we are supposed to and win some of the games we aren't supposed to.

Bring it!

Village_Idiot writes:

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I like this artickle. Letterz are preddy!

baldfan writes:

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you are a moron.

txvolsfan writes:

in response to gatorzz:

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YAWN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

gohawks1 writes:

in response to dvhill100:

Urbanagra or Timalis?

That is hilarious.

Urbanagra does have some negative side effects, though. It can cause shortened height and a receding chin.

Village_Idiot writes:

Where duzz the line start to coach the Raiders? I sawz a post on Craigslist, guess nobody else wuz fit fer the job...

dc_4_ut writes:

... or we could just, um, make them disappear?

yeavols#228407 writes:

lol..Walter is back a few days after the VOLS win the SEC east by taking care of Gators at their place and doing away with South carolina. Poor Walter..always trying to pretend nothing happened. Welcome back Wally!! I love it when you show up to get abused.

txvolsfan writes:

Where's bammerjammer we about to get the NCAA hammer at?
Finebaum reporting that Bama will get probation again.
You see that FSU had to give games back and it was for the same book scam. 15 years of obscurity taught them nothing I guess, they still can't win without cheating

GO VOLS
TXVOLSFAN IN FLA.

VAvolfanRON writes:

as he lets mark smith build them into machines.....and then the coaches go to work!!!.....exciting times

dc_4_ut writes:

in response to gohawks1:

I see that gatorzz's lizzard is drooping again. His reptile disfunction must be flaring up. Poor little feller loves the Vols so much that he just can't stay away. Maybe he can get his doctor to write him a prescription for Urbanagra or Timalis to help him "feel the desire" for his own team again.

Tebowners lasting longer than 4 hrs should report to a healthcare professional... or Houston Nutt

yeavols#228407 writes:

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Like.." I haven't been this excited since we hired Pearl!" lol

gohawks1 writes:

in response to dc_4_ut:

Tebowners lasting longer than 4 hrs should report to a healthcare professional... or Houston Nutt

Timalis has some negative side effects too. It has been known to give the patient an uncontrollable desire to kiss other men on the cheek.

yeavols#228407 writes:

in response to CLEMSONVOL716:

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Ok..that's pretty funny..

yeavols#228407 writes:

in response to dc_4_ut:

Tebowners lasting longer than 4 hrs should report to a healthcare professional... or Houston Nutt

um, that would be Tboner..lol

VAvolfanRON writes:

in response to gohawks1:

I see that gatorzz's lizzard is drooping again. His reptile disfunction must be flaring up. Poor little feller loves the Vols so much that he just can't stay away. Maybe he can get his doctor to write him a prescription for Urbanagra or Timalis to help him "feel the desire" for his own team again.

yea IP...
how's this for a hypocrit...

more than once...gatorzz swears one thing he doesn't do is namecalling----ive seen lil lane, lame, moron used many of times.....

he stated last week that:
UT would win the SEC east doh
UT would make the NCAA doh
and a third thing that i can remember....

Well, custer did have a harder time...and he can't come out and say.....IM WRONG

id be embarrassed if I were a fla fan....id have to tell him to stfu

baldfan writes:

I have a question for fellow Vol fans: Do you ever go to the Gators or alabammer web sites and post like their losers do on our site??

belayvol writes:

How can you tell when you have a Tboner?

When it gets up for men in jorts or when you snuggle your hands behind another man's rear.

gohawks1 writes:

in response to baldfan:

I have a question for fellow Vol fans: Do you ever go to the Gators or alabammer web sites and post like their losers do on our site??

Nope. Never.

VAvolfanRON writes:

in response to baldfan:

I have a question for fellow Vol fans: Do you ever go to the Gators or alabammer web sites and post like their losers do on our site??

bald, i've thought about it...but, i surely would be a classy guy and open my eyes...
you know, like 99gator, kyblue...and just talk sports....no need to say that my school is SO much better than yours

gohawks1 writes:

Here's a guy who took Urbanagra, resulting in the shortened height and receding chin:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Urb...

VAvolfanRON writes:

in response to VineVol:

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do you really hope so?...see, i'm the type that wants to be you because we are better...not because you don't have your players......

the SEC would fall a little if they lose scholarships or penalized

VAvolfanRON writes:

see..this is funny....because, i have some turf shoes in my closet....i paid $20 from a D.T. back in the mid '80's.........so, that is a major violation!!!!!!

baldfan writes:

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could it be that "we don't give a da*n about the whole state of Alabama and we don't give a da*n about the whole state of Florida?"

VAvolfanRON writes:

At least Daddy doesn't need a box of tissues every where he goes!!!

baldfan writes:

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: )

I heard they were "pop-up" books and coloring books - is that right?

VOLKING writes:

I am so sad to report that Gatorzz has died. I looked and looked for him to show up on the basketball board after his 'Custer had a better chance' of beating South Carolina comment and he never showed. This new Gatorzz must be an imposter, because a person of his integrity would at least come on and admit he was wrong...wouldn't he? RIP at the NIT, my friend.

belayvol writes:

in response to baldfan:

I have a question for fellow Vol fans: Do you ever go to the Gators or alabammer web sites and post like their losers do on our site??

I refuse to comply with their site rules. I will not wear jorts and cavort with sweaty men on a beach and i refuse to date my sister.

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