'Pumping gas' not filling up UT staff

Kiffin says he did not make remark to player who signed with South Carolina

Tennessee's two most prominent recruiters steadfastly denied that they used negative recruiting tactics with receiver prospect Alshon Jeffrey.

"I think it's unfair that it was said about Lane (UT coach Lane Kiffin)," UT recruiting coordinator Ed Orgeron said Thursday. "He's a hard worker, a great recruiter. That's just not his style."

According to a report by ESPN.com earlier this week, Kiffin was accused of telling Jeffrey that he would "end up pumping gas like all the other players from (South Carolina) who had gone to South Carolina" after the receiver chose to sign with the Gamecocks instead of UT.

ESPN.com said the accusation came from Jeffrey and his high school coach, Walter Wilson of Calhoun County High School in St. Matthew, S.C.

The phone call in question took place in the early morning hours of National Signing Day on Feb. 4.

"I was in the room," Orgeron said. "I never heard anything as such. I've worked with Lane for years. Never heard him say anything like that. It came as a complete surprise."

Kiffin spoke with the News Sentinel about the matter following UT's practice on Thursday and said he had called Jeffrey.

"I called him immediately as soon as someone gave me a sheet of paper (with the story) on Tuesday and said 'Alshon, do you know anything about this?' " Kiffin said. "He said 'No, not at all.' "

Kiffin said he also asked Jeffrey if anyone on UT's staff made a reference to pumping gas.

"He said 'No coach, not at all,' " Kiffin said. "He said 'I don't know where that came from.' "

Kiffin said he then asked Jeffrey about his basketball season and wished him luck in school.

Wilson offered support for his story this week when the coach was interviewed by The State newspaper in Columbia, S.C. Wilson said Jeffrey's teammate, Eric Mack, was also in the room when Wilson placed Kiffin on speakerphone.

"It's not the first time a (college) coach made a statement like this," Wilson told The State. "(Recruiting) is war on all accounts, survival of the fittest. . . . We need to move on."

Kiffin and Orgeron declined to speculate as to the origin of the accusation.

Tight end Orson Charles from Plant High in Tampa, Fla., offered a far different account of Kiffin as a vanquished recruiter when Charles selected Georgia over UT last week.

"He's a real nice guy," Charles told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "He took it well. He thanked me for considering Tennessee and wished me the best."

Kiffin said he reminds his staff frequently to never engage in negative recruiting.

"If I ever catch them even saying something close to it, I stop them and move them on just because I don't think when you're at Tennessee with this offense, this defense, this staff and these facilities, there's no need to use negative recruiting," Kiffin said.

Kiffin has been in the middle of a handful of media maelstroms since being named UT's coach in December. He seemed to question the timing of the ESPN.com story on Jeffrey but declined to describe himself as a media target.

"I don't know that," he said of being targeted by the media. "Once again, I'd have to speculate to figure that out. It (the ESPN.com story on Jeffrey) just happened to happen right on the first day of our spring ball - is when the story came out."

The story was reported Monday, but picked up steam Tuesday when UT began spring practice.

Mack, one of the top rated offensive tackles in the Southeast for the 2010 signing class, is considering South Carolina and UT among several other schools.

UT and South Carolina have been at odds since Kiffin hired away quarterbacks coach David Reaves to join his staff in Knoxville.

Gamecocks coaches accused Reaves of negative recruiting shortly thereafter. Reaves publicly denied engaging in any negative recruiting.

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CoachFulmer writes:

Who cares?? GO VOLS!

peerlessvolfan writes:

I don't know about our new coach--he seems to be a lightning rod for stories like the above. Seems like there's a fire underneath all that smoke.

hotrodvol writes:

It's Stevie Spurrier, just trying to hit back at CLK.

Voluvr writes:

Does whether the comment made by whoever being true matter to anyone?

senracjr writes:

in response to peerlessvolfan:

I don't know about our new coach--he seems to be a lightning rod for stories like the above. Seems like there's a fire underneath all that smoke.

I love it!
It keeps us in the news!
Everyone has their mind on the big orange.
No one cares about this penny ante cr_p.
Go Vols!

dvhill100 writes:

The story that won't die. Too bad. It looks like a dead issue with both sides having different recollections. Agree to disagree and move on.

teampenny#658108 writes:

LK brought this stuff on his self. It was and is wrong thinking all publicity is good for UT. And it was wrong not signing Boyd.. Wins will solve all. go vols

Voluvr writes:

in response to workinlikehek:

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"workinlikehek" lol.

Voluvr writes:

Boyd smoyd. These guys know what they're doing.

Halls3 writes:

I don't believe this story for a second. Why wouldn't the kid come out & say it didn't happen if it didn't. This is just about as believable as the comment about Meyer committing a recruiting violation. Good job KNS for putting out a phooey story that holds no credibility at all.

teampenny#658108 writes:

in response to Voluvr:

Boyd smoyd. These guys know what they're doing.

Blind faith. Time will tell.

randzimm#255981 writes:

http://s14.photobucket.com/albums/a30...

...just had to post again...

randzimm#255981 writes:

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The only person her that matters is Alshon. So, tell me what he had to say...

randzimm#255981 writes:

here not her

VAvolfanRON writes:

Or McCarny will step in an beat Mrs Meyer!!!!

VAvolfanRON writes:

you left the last...stopped responding....

hotrodvol writes:

in response to randzimm#255981:

http://s14.photobucket.com/albums/a30...

...just had to post again...

Fill 'er up, now that's funny.

stayingorange writes:

If KNS wants to keep driving this story why not go to sources and put the pieces together. Don't tell us what other people say Jeffrey, the coach and ESPN said - actually ask them and get your own facts for a story. I've read what their comments were plenty in other places. Instead of rehashing, try reporting.

Actually though, who cares, let's talk about the future football season.

VAvolfanRON writes:

this is the U of Felons assistant coach.... when he was at iowa state.....lil gator wont tell us about this..

President Martin Jischke said March 22 that he believed
McCarney was sincere in accepting responsibility for an
incident of domestic abuse and making efforts to correct his
problem.

Jischke added the incident may reduce the outside income
available to McCarney, so that portion of his contract will
be renegotiated and reduced. Under the original contract, ISU
guaranteed McCarney income of $165,000 from outside sources,
such as speaking engagements and shoe contracts. McCarney's
university salary of $135,000 will remain the same.

Wisconsin records show McCarney's estranged wife Brenda
received a restraining order against McCarney after an
incident in March 1994. In the police report of the incident,
Brenda McCarney accused her husband of physical abuse. No
charges were filed in the incident.

VAvolfanRON writes:

no.....u of felons coaches are so..so....pure...
...

but..we should all beat women..right?

VAvolfanRON writes:

where's caveman???...even he would be appalled

kwvolsfan writes:

Nothing here but third hand information.....I heard tell from my sister-second cousins aunt that so and so said something to the effect of, this guys yada, yada, yada....
Also if this comment occured (by the artical) on National signing day why is it big "news" a month later....me thinks theres a rat in the corn bin.....
Let move on to bigger problems.......
Looking foward to the O/W game.........see you there...
GO VOLS

tennezz writes:

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It`s not looking to good for florida! When your on top, there`s no where to go but DOWN!

JohnsonCity_George writes:

I think Chris Lowe should check his sources, himself, not let staffers do it. I don't know who looks worse, CLK or Chris Lowe.

Slystone writes:

Spurrier has so much pressure on him going into this Fall that he knows if he doesn't produce he'll be joining Fulmer on golfing/fishing trips soon.

VAvolfanRON writes:

in response to gatorzz:

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again....what about McCarny??

VAvolfanRON writes:

what lisa *gatorzz* wont tell you...is that her assistant coach beats women.............tell everyone gatorzz...you want to bash our coaches

JohnsonCity_George writes:

Dave Hooker(gatorzz), John Adams is not going to make sure you get his job when he retires. It ain't going to happen. They will get a real editor in here who will make a graceful switch to the new media. It's a new world out here so get your head out of John. Adams azz.

VAvolfanRON writes:

but...its ok...to beat women...to show that you are a man.....

JohnsonCity_George writes:

Dave, nice try with the "Low" spelling, very clever.

VAvolfanRON writes:

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arsssewipe....then why did he apologize???

McCarney apologized for the incident earlier this week and
said he and his wife had sought counseling and had put it
behind them.

BSweet writes:

Just throwing this out there, but with SC's history of hiring coaches past their prime(Holtz,Spurrier), could Fulmer be their future coach? It seems SC is the place where once great coaches go to fade into obscurity. Must be the golf.

VAvolfanRON writes:

do you typically apologize if you are innocent??

JohnsonCity_George writes:

One last thing, why is gatorzz posting on here while his gators are playing a bball game?

chuckfromwoodbury writes:

Since when has CLK telling the truth been such a bad thing? Spurrier grasping, Gatorzz vetching and Urban hangin out in the "mens" room at the Carousel.

VAvolfanRON writes:

UT...can you post her pics!!!!...lol

FulmerWasSabanated987 writes:

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hey your just the man i need to talk to. Just looking around and saw that Andrew Miller commited to the tide on 3/6/09. I thought he was going to be a baseball player. Is that what he committed for. Do you know anything about this. I think he goes to your school.

JohnsonCity_George writes:

in response to BSweet:

Just throwing this out there, but with SC's history of hiring coaches past their prime(Holtz,Spurrier), could Fulmer be their future coach? It seems SC is the place where once great coaches go to fade into obscurity. Must be the golf.

good point, interesting.

VAvolfanRON writes:

what a clean coaching staff.....right gator???

VOLorado writes:

I prescribe a dose of this to all the haters...

http://loserwithsocks.files.wordpress...

VAvolfanRON writes:

ficlked...hypocrit..gatorzz....that is you.....why do are on here....obviously you like to rub people..and thats ok...

JohnsonCity_George writes:

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You were posting the whole game, Dave. You don't give a phooey what florida does or does not do. You care about total number of post on your articles. Period.

VAvolfanRON writes:

lol

chuckfromwoodbury writes:

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Gatorzz, you are the male equivalent to Ann Coulter. Loud, boorish, generally wrong about everything and freakishly feminine.

FulmerWasSabanated987 writes:

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thanks bud. thats good news.

FulmerWasSabanated987 writes:

in response to chuckfromwoodbury:

Gatorzz, you are the male equivalent to Ann Coulter. Loud, boorish, generally wrong about everything and freakishly feminine.

daps, that was a good one.

JohnsonCity_George writes:

in response to chuckfromwoodbury:

Gatorzz, you are the male equivalent to Ann Coulter. Loud, boorish, generally wrong about everything and freakishly feminine.

LMAO...That is a very good comparison.

JohnsonCity_George writes:

gatorzz has never denied he is Dave Hooker. Ever. gatorzz is one of the very first to comment on every Dave Hooker article. Regardless of time-of-day.

Timed_vol (Inactive) writes:

fillerup gamecocks, fillerup (toot toot) fillerup gamecocks, fillerup (ding ding)

bluetick writes:

Excellent read on Bryce Brown for anybody interested. I can't agree more to this.

http://www.cbssports.com/columns/stor...

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