It's all good: Kiffin apologizes by phone to Pahokee; Vols are welcome 'any day, any time'

Everything’s back to normal between the University of Tennessee’s football coaches and Pahokee High School.

Which is to say the Vols are once again welcome to recruit at the talent-rich South Florida school.

Two weeks after UT running backs coach Eddie Gran was asked to leave the Pahokee campus, town officials and principal Ariel Alejo got the apology they were seeking, the town’s vice mayor said Tuesday evening.

Pahokee vice mayor Henry Crawford Jr., mayor Wayne Whitaker, city manager Matthew Brock, Alejo and Gran met at city hall and Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin delivered an apology by telephone late Tuesday afternoon.

“Everything is a go,” Crawford said. “(Kiffin) apologized once again, and they are welcome any day, any time.”

The saga began after Kiffin signed Pahokee wide receiver Nu’Keese Richardson, a longtime Florida commitment who flipped to UT days before National Signing Day on Feb. 3.

During a recruiting celebration for UT boosters Feb. 4, Kiffin made comments that were reported in the Gainesville Sun that offended many of the town’s residents and officials. He also told boosters that he asked Richardson to fax his letter of intent from the middle school so no one at Pahokee would “screw it up.”

Kiffin later apologized, saying his comments weren’t meant to offend and he didn’t realize media were present when those comments were made. He echoed that apology in an interview with the Palm Beach Post last month.

On Tuesday, Kiffin apologized over the phone to Alejo and three Pahokee officials, and that was enough to regain access to Pahokee High School, where the Vols have offered at least five prospects in the class of 2010.

“We got an apology,” Crawford said. “That’s all we wanted.”

Alejo, who until recently had a Florida logo underneath his bio on the school’s Web page, angered Tennessee fans by banning UT’s coaches from Pahokee’s campus. Crawford, however, supported Alejo’s response to Kiffin’s comments.

“I commend the principal for the steps that he took,” Crawford said. “He had the best interests of the community at heart, his school and his football players. I don’t think he took it personally. He deemed the statements were inappropriate. I applaud him for taking steps to protect the school, our citizens and my community.”

Crawford also said he believes Kiffin’s comments about Pahokee were taken out of context.

“I don’t think the words were from the heart,” Crawford said of Kiffin’s comments from the recruiting celebration. “I think he was caught up in the minute and just said something. I don’t think it came from his heart. I really don’t. I’ve done things like that myself. After saying them, you find out what you said and how it affects the community or a person you either said them to or about.”

Tuesday’s reconciliation also ends an awkward situation at school for Richardson, as well as those players UT is recruiting.

“Things like that, that’s between (UT) and (Pahokee),” Richardson said Tuesday in an interview with WNML radio. “I’m a player. I just like to keep my boundaries. They’re in the same boat I am. They try not to pay too much attention to it.”

Crawford, for one, is glad that things are back to normal.

“I feel relief,” Crawford said. “It’s not about us. It’s for the kids. We can overcome our mistakes, but we shouldn’t hold back the kids.”

Drew Edwards covers University of Tennessee football. He may be reached at 865-342-6274.

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panties4tebow writes:

From Pahokee to Knoxville!!!!!!!!!!!

GO VOLS!

JLeon04 writes:

Go get'em Gran!!

tngivem6 writes:

This little Alejo must have a fragile ego..big bad Kiffin bullied him and made him say he's sorry..
give me a break..

Smallmike4pres writes:

You mean this town actually could afford a phone? I guess they all had to gatber around the local phone & hope that no one else was on their party line.

smashmouth98 writes:

Orange Swarm,

REEL THEM IN

panties4tebow writes:

Coach Gran took a jock strap with him to the Pahokee meeting and explained how the football players at Tennessee wore them instead of panties like the football players wear at florida.

Coach Gran said the principle's face turned red and he droped his head and said that LIL-meyer had been lying to him and had him believing that football players wore panties today.

FEAR KIFFIN & COMPANY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

GO VOLS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

AirForceLawVol writes:

This is good. Obviously, the principle looked a bit petty in banning UT coaches after an apology was given. Now Kiffin looks like the bigger man and the comment from the vice mayor that Kiffin's words were taken out of context seals the deal. It keeps the UT name out there and Kiffin is shown in a positive light. As long as he doesn't come out and say he planned this as well, we'll be alright.

BigOrangeCrazy writes:

"It's not about us..."
Ok it's not about them yet the mayor, vice-mayor, city manager, head coach, and the local UHF station were on hand to accept the apology.
What was Obama and Jesus busy?

"It's not about us..." HaHaHaHa BS.

BTW, excuse me for putting Obama and Jesus in the same sentence, wasn't trying to be sacrilegious.

GREEKDAWG writes:

Thank you Lane

SignalMtnVol writes:

in response to Smallmike4pres:

You mean this town actually could afford a phone? I guess they all had to gatber around the local phone & hope that no one else was on their party line.

You know, all that, and I bet they had a keyboard with the letter "H" on it.

BigOrangeCrazy writes:

I wonder if Corrine Brown and "corch Ervin Meyers" were there with all the Pahokee government?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8N2uQ7...

panties4tebow writes:

Real men wear jocks, not panties!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

GO VOLS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

GatorHater326 writes:

in response to gatorz5:

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it's sad that you had to copy and paste that from Webster's Online....that you didn't know what it meant yourself. How old are you? It's OK sweety I guess the jorts are too tight.

GatorHater326 writes:

Written by Urbanwearstebow'spanties:" On September 20th, the KVX servers will be melting down with the same velocity experienced after the Wyoming debacle. MK is already skeered and has no idea how he is going to defense the Gators.

Not to worry, MK, no one else can either....."

Except Miss. State.

tnvoice#278189 writes:

ESPN's Joe Schad is reporting that former FL QB Robert Marve will accept a scholarship to Purdue and begin play in the 2010 season.

mbradshaw1#655539 writes:

in response to gatorz5:

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You tend to your chickens and we will tend to ours! We might not speak correct language but we love football and will go to any lengths to find young prospects to play for the BIG ORANGE! You obviously have no life or you would be on the Gator site, and yet you are here on ours. Must be fear for the future. And do not post about my grammar because I don't care what you think about me or my state. We will be around a lot longer than your posts.So keep on fishi'n!!!

oldvolsfan writes:

in response to gatorz5:

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you pay attention and shut the ----- up stupid it is none of your business to start with

tnvoice#278189 writes:

ESPN's Joe Schad is reporting that former Miami QB Robert Marve will accept a scholarship to Purdue and begin play in the 2010 season.

pammyvol1000 writes:

I wonder if the apology will make the news for a month like the remarks did.. Probably not! He did the right thing and we are back in and Life is good! Even the weather is wonderful today!

Voluvr writes:

in response to tnvoice#278189:

ESPN's Joe Schad is reporting that former Miami QB Robert Marve will accept a scholarship to Purdue and begin play in the 2010 season.

Good.

Voluvr writes:

Alejandro wins the battle but loses the war!

NobodyCares (Inactive) writes:

in response to gatorz5:

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Oh, there you are lil' zzgatorboy.

With fans like you it is no wonder Meyer sees Notre Dame as his dream job.

You be well lil' zzgatorboy.

panties4tebow writes:

Sheriff Coach Lane Kiffin is back in the saddle again and riding cryin lyin oscar meyer!

GET IN BUCKLE UP AND HOLD ONNNNNNNNNNNN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

FEAR KIFFIN & COMPANY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I smell TROLLS AND THEY ARE WEARING THOSE UGLY PANTIES!!!!!

panties4tebow writes:

in response to Agent_Orange:

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answer = gatorzz

Sorry, I thought you were asking which troll's name started with an a and ended with e.

BigOrangeCrazy writes:

in response to gatorz5:

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Wrong again zboy.

Grovel according to BOC's new world dictionary...

grov-el: a form of pavement used to cover the highways in Gainseville, Florida.

Example: Directions to the swamp... Take the 'grovel' road till you reach a dirt road covered with beer cans and Big Mac boxes. Follow that road until you reach a ran down stadium called the swamp.

Ref: Once in the swamp, go to the section Z5 bathroom; stall #3 to see where you were conceived.

NobodyCares (Inactive) writes:

in response to gatorz5:

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No lil' zzgatorboy, YOU go back to the tape. It was Richardson's aunt who expressed concern about whether or not the HS would allow the fax to go to UT.

But, we understand how guys like you get totally confused when confronted with the facts. You tend to be easily confused.

You be well lil' zzgatorboy.

panties4tebow writes:

in response to BigOrangeCrazy:

Wrong again zboy.

Grovel according to BOC's new world dictionary...

grov-el: a form of pavement used to cover the highways in Gainseville, Florida.

Example: Directions to the swamp... Take the 'grovel' road till you reach a dirt road covered with beer cans and Big Mac boxes. Follow that road until you reach a ran down stadium called the swamp.

Ref: Once in the swamp, go to the section Z5 bathroom; stall #3 to see where you were conceived.

clap your hands!!!!!!!

GO VOLS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

jcherrie#219531 (Inactive) writes:

in response to gatorz5:

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Are you really that stupid to realize that no one here cares about anything you say?

Or do you just like to waste time because you have no life?

yabadabadoo1026 writes:

in response to panties4tebow:

Real men wear jocks, not panties!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

GO VOLS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

your panties "schtick" has gotten old---I suspect its you who wears your mamas panties---u seem obsessed with them

volhammer#634294 writes:

in response to tngivem6:

This little Alejo must have a fragile ego..big bad Kiffin bullied him and made him say he's sorry..
give me a break..

Sometimes you have to kiss a few frogs!!

debaser11 writes:

in response to gatorz5:

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Now we all see how well versed you are in groveling. You are unmistakably familiar with the term!

AllVol2008#1353998 writes:

in response to gatorz5:

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Sorry to acknowledge this, Vol Nation, but that is really stupid. As in you look like an idiot. Who taught you how to copy and paste a definition?

Gee, why are you people here? Gutless cowards.

Post back a--wipe, and we'll make a wager. Names, numbers, and addresses.

Somebody will show you how to do it.

Mark Holden
East Ridge, Tennessee

cajunvol writes:

in response to gatorz5:

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Thanks for the education...based on your point 1 groveling is the natural position of...gatorz.

HallowedHill writes:

I forgive Coach Kiffin for being crazy, ... like a fox! Go Get 'EM!!! Keep up the amazing recruiting work.

back2backchamps writes:

in response to Orange_A_Holic:

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Gran has as much of a chance of keeping the Florida schools out of Pahokee as you do of keeping the "interlopers" off this site.

hogtowngator11335 writes:

in response to Voluvr:

Alejandro wins the battle but loses the war!

Wow. Clearly there are some reading comprehension issues in this thread...

belayvol writes:

Sad news in Gainesville today. Albert the gator escaped. he was found dead after swallowing a Volkswagon and suffering from a Farfignugen.

HallowedHill writes:

in response to back2backchamps:

Gran has as much of a chance of keeping the Florida schools out of Pahokee as you do of keeping the "interlopers" off this site.

2 words, ... Nu'keese Richardson

panties4tebow writes:

Well you know those times
When you feel like there's a sign there on your back
Say's I don't mind if ya kick me
Seems like everybody has
Things go from bad to worse
You'd think they can't get worse than that
And then they do

You still walk the straight and narrow
And you don't know where you are
Use the needle of your compass
To sew up your broken heart
Ask directions from a genie
In a bottle of Jim Beam (gatorz)
And she lies to You
That's when you learn the truth

If you're going through hell (Florida)
Keep on going, Don't slow down
If you're scared, don't show it
You might get out
Before the devil (meyer) even knows you're there

Well I been deep down in that darkness
I been down to my last match
Felt a hundered different demons (trolls)
Breathing fire down my back
And I knew that if I stumbled
I'd fall right into the trap that they were laying, Yeah

But the good news
Is there's angels (Vols) everywhere out on the street
Holding out a hand to pull you back upon your feet
The one's that you been dragging for so long
You're on your knees
You might as well be free
Guess what I'm saying
If you're going through hell (florida)
Keep on going, Don't slow down
If you're scared, don't show it
You might get out
Before the devil (meyer) even knows you're there

Yeah, If you're going through hell (florida)
Keep on moving, Face that fire
Walk right through it
You might get out
Before the devil (meyer) even knows you're there

If you're going through hell (florida)
Keep on going, Don't slow down
If you're scared, don't show it
You might get out
Before the devil (meyer) even knows you're there

Yeah, If you're going through hell (florida)
Keep on moving, Face that fire
Walk right through it
You might get out
Before the devil (meyer) even knows you're there
Yeah you might get out
Before the devil (meyer) even knows you're there
Yeah.

panties4tebow writes:

ONK ONK now we have a hog troll!!!!!

StroVol writes:

For the love of god and all that is good in the world!, Can we please not respond to DC,Gatorz one through 20 and what's left swirling around the bowl. Let these MOTHER FU..ers!! Go! and as always Go Vols

tapeworm writes:

All I can think of when I read of Kiffin's recruiting and booster comments is how Andy Holt would have reacted. I'm guessing he would have taken young Kiffin to the woodshed.

It seems to me that the price the university has agreed to pay for a coaching team to succeed in today's environment, is akin to selling its soul to the devil in return for the promise of returning UT to a place of SEC football prominence, instead of academic excellence - or even a balance between the two. It appears the university has made the decision to position itself as an "athletic institution," which offers the promise of sending its football recruits to the NFL.

We all know how slim the chances are these kids will ever play professionally. Yet, we support and condone the tactics these coaches use to recruit them. I don't deny Kiffin's alleged commitment to education, and I hope it is real. Because in the end, the University of Tennessee - not Lane Kiffin - will be judged as to how well it prepared these students for life - not just football.

the10sevol writes:

off topic, but, from today's Orlando Sentinel:

"Perhaps this is why Gators coach Urban Meyer considers Notre Dame his dream job" (teaser for the article)

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

NobodyCares (Inactive) writes:

in response to gatorz5:

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No lil' zzgatorboy, YOU go back to the tape. It was Richardson's aunt who expressed concern about whether or not the HS would allow the fax to go to UT. Richardson and his aunt asked for Coach Kiffin's advice and he suggested....

But, we understand how guys like you get totally confused when confronted with the facts. You tend to be easily confused. With fans like you it is no wonder Meyer keeps looking toward South Bend.

You be well lil' zzgatorboy.

StroVol writes:

in response to tapeworm:

All I can think of when I read of Kiffin's recruiting and booster comments is how Andy Holt would have reacted. I'm guessing he would have taken young Kiffin to the woodshed.

It seems to me that the price the university has agreed to pay for a coaching team to succeed in today's environment, is akin to selling its soul to the devil in return for the promise of returning UT to a place of SEC football prominence, instead of academic excellence - or even a balance between the two. It appears the university has made the decision to position itself as an "athletic institution," which offers the promise of sending its football recruits to the NFL.

We all know how slim the chances are these kids will ever play professionally. Yet, we support and condone the tactics these coaches use to recruit them. I don't deny Kiffin's alleged commitment to education, and I hope it is real. Because in the end, the University of Tennessee - not Lane Kiffin - will be judged as to how well it prepared these students for life - not just football.

"Prepared these students for life". They get a 40000 dollar education if they choose to take it. Some do, some don't. You idiot! Somehow the world has passed you by like a fart in the wind. They are fully aware of how many athletes actually make it to the pros. This is not 1980 moron. Kids at this level want the chance period, and where ever that opportunity appears better than another, they will look into it.

InertGas writes:

This will be completely forgotten in about 36 hours.

orangegrass writes:

Is this over now?

boxervol writes:

Wow....You actual vol fans should post on a troll free site. I will come here and catch the articles and glance at the posts every now and then. This entire site has been taken over by gator bandwagon geeks. You know the type: Picked on as a child, they probably actually live in Tennessee, but because Florida has some success they become fans all of a sudden so the cool thing to do is root for the rival. Think about it for a sec..would a true fan of a team be so obsessed with another schools board. I have no idea what there site looks like and dont care. The way a few of these guys live on here is so sad and shows you that they are not real fans. They are just trying to make up for all those times they didnt stand up to that bully at school by being an internet tough guy... So sad

NobodyCares (Inactive) writes:

in response to gatorz5:

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Hector? Who is Hector? This can't be lil' zzgatorboy ... he NEVER resorts to calling names. Right?

Proof? What proof? You got references for your proof? Oh, I see ... you are posting with your ... taadaa ... "Commanding Presence ..." and we are supposed to just roll over and.... WoW!

C'mon dude ... get real. This is not one of your make believe wiki-worlds. Earth to lil' zzgatorboy, come in please. Earth to lil' ....

We know why Meyer can't wait to get to South Bend. He keeps mumbling about getting back to dealing with intelligent fans.

You be well lil' zzgatorboy.

bobbytodd writes:

Totally off subject but maybe good news.

http://recruiting.scout.com/2/866101....

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