UT football coach Lane Kiffin's family (Layla, Landry, Pressley, Knox) at home in Knoxville

Meet the Kiffins

Lane and Layla Kiffin: Being part of the Vol family

Lane Kiffin awaited an arrival at the airport Friday afternoon with great anticipation. This time, it wasn't a Tennessee football recruit coming to visit.

The long separation is over. Wife Layla and three little Kiffins are in Knoxville to stay.

The new first family of UT football is reunited after five months of sporadic visits and phone calls - and the birth in January of the latest addition, Monte Knox Kiffin.

"It's been easier for me, because I've been distracted doing all the stuff to get this program headed in the direction we need to go,'' Kiffin said.

"But it's hard not having that balance of being able to go home and have that family there.''

The reunion took place in time for Kiffin's 34th birthday Saturday.

Layla and daughters Landry, 4, and Pressley, 2, stayed in Northern California in the first months after Kiffin was hired by UT on Dec. 1. That had been home for two years since Kiffin was named coach of the NFL Oakland Raiders in 2007, a relationship that ended last September.

In April, joined by Knox, they moved to her home base, Tampa, Fla., to be in shorter commuting distance to Knoxville.

The quest for a Knoxville home took longer than expected, but the Kiffins finally settled on a property on the water. They haven't moved in yet, but will soon.

Being on the water was not only a family preference, but a recruiting strategy.

"We had to spend more money on our home just to help the university in recruiting,'' Kiffin said with a smile.

Before UT chose Kiffin to replace Phillip Fulmer, the couple's reference to Tennessee was minimal.

The closest to Knoxville that Kiffin had come was Nashville, when he successfully recruited receiver Patrick Turner for Southern Cal.

Layla, who attended the University of Florida, had been to Knoxville once for a football game.

"I knew it was a great town and obviously great football,'' she said.

Her father, John Reaves, was a record-setting quarterback for the Gators 1969-71. Reports that Layla is a fan of another celebrated Florida quarterback - Tim Tebow - are true, although she plays it down.

"Sure, why not,'' she admitted Friday. "I'm a college football fan.''

A chat-room rumor that Layla and ESPN personality Erin Andrews - a Florida alumna - are friends is not true, Layla said. The two don't know each other.

As to whether it will be difficult to suppress her Florida allegiances, Layla left no ambiguity in her answer.

"I'm a Volunteer,'' she said. "That's it.''

The couple met when she was working in the front office of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Kiffin was visiting his father, Monte, the team's defensive coordinator.

They married in 2000. Since her father had been a coach after his playing days, she knew what she was getting into.

"I grew up with it so I was definitely comfortable with the lifestyle,'' she said. "It's harder when kids are involved, but we're a football family, always have been and I don't think I could imagine it not being part of my life.''

Kiffin said making sure his staff has family time is critical, regardless of the time demands and pressure to win at a place like Tennessee.

"Staffs are much more functional when they do have a great balance in their sense of family,'' he said.

"There are times when I kick the coaches out of the office because they're overworking too much and need to get home and come back refreshed.''

Layla will find several familiar faces in her new UT football family, namely her father- and mother-in-law, Monte and Robin Kiffin.

Her brother David is on the staff and she has ties with the families of Ed Orgeron and James Cregg from her husband's previous jobs.

Her extended family, of course, is everyone who bleeds orange.

"I'm not too familiar with what we're going to experience,'' she said, "but I love talking to people, I'm a very friendly person and I'm looking forward to it.

"I think I can handle it.''

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panties4tebow writes:

GO VOLS!

Wauconda_Vol writes:

Can someone spell the kid's name correctly in the headline?

panties4tebow writes:

She is a VOLUNTEER! Great!!!

vol_chaz writes:

Welcome to the neighborhood..

bigorangefan79 writes:

Welcome home!

RoadTrip writes:

If CLK gets the wins he will own Knoxville and all of the Vol Nation. What a beautiful family to support his efforts. Combined with the best college coaching staff in the business - let the good times roll!

Seriouslyorange writes:

Now that is one fine family. Young,energetic,great kids,lovely mom,handsome dad! What more could we want?
Allow me to tell you what more we could want!!!.........
SERIOUSLY KICK SOME FLAHDAH AAHNGE,BAMMER CRIMSON,DAWG RED,KENTUCKY BLUE,CHICKEN GARNET,BAYOU PURPLE, AUBIE ORANGE,
azzes and any other color that ain't BIG DAMN ORANGE!!!!

Look out the Orange Swarm is coming after ya'll
GO VOLS

hotrodvol writes:

Let's not hold the gator degree against her. These gator trolls makes it hard to like a gator. Welcome to Rocky Top, Layla and family!

IwillalwaysbeaVOLunteer writes:

I hope they have a long stay here in Volville.

TommyJack writes:

in response to DCflorida1:

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Defamatory, obscene, abusive.

stormblast writes:

Congratulations to the Kiffin family. Football aside, Coach Kiffin has a wonderful family. Best wishes.

chrisw2967 writes:

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n2thecheckerboards2 writes:

in response to chrisw2967:

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Now thats something we dont wanna picture, but ill give a lol to that.

old_number1 writes:

in response to checkeredpast:

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Checkered, you are out of your league. If one reads your post carefully, it shows your true intentions. It says that you have tebow panties that are signed by him. You are such a tool!!

washedout writes:

For God's Sake, he's a freaking football coach! There are people starving and living under the bridge in Knoxville and this is a hot topic! Gimme me a break!

littleorange writes:

Welcome to Knoxville, you have a beautiful family.......

mook writes:

The two girls look like their mother but Knox looks just like Lane. Welcome too Knoxville.

txvolsfan writes:

in response to DCflorida1:

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Too bad T-blow doesn't like girls!!! I think she wants to go shopping with him!!!

panties4tebow writes:

in response to DCflorida1:

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Everyone already thinks you are stupid....why open your mouth and prove it!!!!!

Vol43 writes:

dc

panties4tebow writes:

in response to TCHDWN10C:

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No way, Layla loves her husband Lane Kiffin to much to bring that garbage into their home!

CJVolNMemphis writes:

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panties4tebow writes:

Hey gator Trolls, did you girls get a new pair of panties for Mother's Day! I bet cheatin' meyer did!

hotrodvol writes:

in response to washedout:

For God's Sake, he's a freaking football coach! There are people starving and living under the bridge in Knoxville and this is a hot topic! Gimme me a break!

Well why are you commenting on govolsextra?

Ringleader writes:

in response to panties4tebow:

No way, Layla loves her husband Lane Kiffin to much to bring that garbage into their home!

She has a full size wall poster of Tebow in the home.

Plus, why was she at Florida's spring game this year?

She is a certified gator.....

panties4tebow writes:

Web Site of interest for gatorz4 and dc

www.pantiesformen.com

panties4tebow writes:

in response to Ringleader:

She has a full size wall poster of Tebow in the home.

Plus, why was she at Florida's spring game this year?

She is a certified gator.....

Layla will be cheering for the TENNESSEE VOLS AND HER HUSBAND against the turds and miss tebow panties will be gone and forgotten after this year!

Write it down!

panties4tebow writes:

The Gainesville Sun newspaper is reporting that tim tebow has announced that he is running for homecoming queen this year and if he wins he will model his panties at halftime of the homecoming game.

Way to go tebow - I bet that will make your parents proud of you!

panties4tebow writes:

in response to DCflorida1:

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Here is a thought for you....

FEAR THE KIFFIN!

panties4tebow writes:

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AT LEAST YOU DO KNOW HOW TO SPELL PANTIES CORRECTLY!

chrisw2967 writes:

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I dont think LK has anything to worry about.Layla isnt even his type,you want proof ? Tbone likes kissing on guys , thats been proven.
he likes playing with little boys weenies , thats been proven and he likes to wear panties.The only people gushing over Tbone is you trolls that come on here.

jimr07 writes:

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i wonder if you are going to have the guts to come on here if we beat you this fall.
to all tennesseeans, i apologize for responding to this jerk. off.

panties4tebow writes:

Question: Why do tebow wear panties?

Answer: Lyin' meyers says he looks sexy in them!

chrisw2967 writes:

in response to panties4tebow:

The Gainesville Sun newspaper is reporting that tim tebow has announced that he is running for homecoming queen this year and if he wins he will model his panties at halftime of the homecoming game.

Way to go tebow - I bet that will make your parents proud of you!

I heard Richard Simmons is going to be his escort ?

chrisw2967 writes:

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post of the day lmao

panties4tebow writes:

in response to DCflorida1:

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Like I said FEAR KIFFIN & COMPANY......that is why you are here. It may not happen this year but your FEAR will be for real soon!

yeavols#228407 writes:

Poor DC...always trying to be seen and heard on GOVOLS..what a sad existence..

yeavols#228407 writes:

Oh and DC..Happy Mother's Day..

panties4tebow writes:

in response to chrisw2967:

I heard Richard Simmons is going to be his escort ?

That would be a perfect escort for tebow - they both will be clad in panties!

panties4tebow writes:

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gatorz4 and dc have a wall-size painting of tebow in his panties in their bedroom!

What is your fantasy about panties? I forgot you love panties4men

panties4tebow writes:

in response to DCflorida1:

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Sorry, I don't have any panties to offer you go see gatorz4.

volhallathunder writes:

in response to DCflorida1:

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With all due respect GFY. Hows that for creativity?

volhallathunder writes:

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Now this was creative dont forget that the strip malls are closed on Sundays so its bound to be a high traffic day here and there mothers want nuthin to do with em.

volhallathunder writes:

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chrisw2967 writes:

I can hear it now, after the season is over Wormie Liar and Tebone will be telling the Fla idiots that Me and Timmy will not be going to ND or the CFL. we have signed a contract with Fox. we will have our own sitcom, its going to be called Queer as Fu&k.
DC and Gyazz will be making cameo appearances , they will of course play themselves. they are right now working on a deal with fox, their show will be spin off called brokeback thongs

volhallathunder writes:

in response to DCflorida1:

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When does Urban apologize to Auburn for falsely accusing them of cheating since everyone in your state is so big on apologies?

http://blogs.orlandosentinel.com/spor...

chrisw2967 writes:

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dude whatever your drinking this morning , I want some cause these are too funny.

volhallathunder writes:

in response to DCflorida1:

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How bout you finish your excuse list for the 23 Gators that have been arrested suspended or otherwise pizz-poor representatives of your school.

volhallathunder writes:

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hate to burst your overinflated sense of pride but Crabtree knows a little more than you and you cant stand what hes saying. The only fantasy land garbage comes from your magic 8 ball. And tell your players that doesnt mean coke.

volhallathunder writes:

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prove he didnt

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