Strength coach weakened; Smith is placed under strict review by Kiffin

Tennessee head football strength and conditioning coach Mark Smith is under strict review by coach Lane Kiffin and might not be with the Vols when summer workouts begin in June, a source told the News Sentinel.

The specifics of the friction between Smith and Kiffin were not disclosed.

Smith was still considered a member of UT’s football team as of late Thursday night and had not cleaned out his office despite persistent rumors to the contrary within the football office and on the Internet.

The terms of Smith’s departure would determine his financial compensation. Smith has on a one-year contract. He joined UT’s football program in January fter spending four years as director of football strength and conditioning at South Carolina.

If Smith is fired, UT will be contractually obligated to pay the remainder of his contract. If he leaves on his own accord, UT will not be financially obligated.

When Smith was hired, UT said he would earn $190,000. His pay was $140,000 at South Carolina.

Smith’s resume also includes two years in the NFL, first with the Washington Redskins in 2003 and then with New Orleans Saints in 2004.

Smith was a two-year starter at linebacker for North Carolina State. He began his strength and conditioning career as assistant strength coach for the Wolfpack from 1993-97. He moved to Florida as strength coordinator from 1998-2001 and spent 2002 as head of the Kansas program before moving to the NFL.

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chrisw2967 writes:

What did he do?

Freshly_Cut_Grass writes:

Surprised to see Hooker not going with Volquest. His subscription must've run out.

Vol_FAN_atic writes:

WTF?

belayvol writes:

Possible replacement. Aaron Ausmus.

http://www.olemisssports.com/ViewArti...

rich182x writes:

Oh yeah, he's serious.

MrKnoxville writes:

in response to compact2:

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What about Dale Carter though (LOL)?

InertGas writes:

I guess the players must have been getting fat and lazy.

InertGas writes:

I kind of rolled with the flow for a while, but It's beginning to look a little like a circus on the hill.

teampenny#658108 writes:

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Ahh He did not even win the Heisman !

MrKnoxville writes:

in response to belayvol:

Possible replacement. Aaron Ausmus.

http://www.olemisssports.com/ViewArti...

He's an alumni here, was a grad. assist. strength & conditioning coach here, and ties with the almighty Coach Orgeron.....very possible dude very possible. Then there is the ex-Tennessee Strength & Conditioning that is with the U.S.C. Trojans which was the head S & C coach when Asmus was here....what's his name? Does anyone remember?

tdforvols writes:

This guy sure can't stay in one place for very long. Is he that good or that bad? lol

lebvol writes:

I really like this guy. I've never heard anything negative about the man. Hopefully CLK has a very qualified replacement if Smith indeed is out.

cgbtn writes:

I wonder if Kiffin can coexist with anyone on this planet.

thevoice writes:

Fellas, this is starting to get embarrassing. Did anyone hear Tuberville on the Zone today? What a class guy.

tdforvols writes:

Marc-Ash....

What's the scoop? You seeem to alway have the real deal inside story.

old_number1 writes:

What the heck does 'strict review' mean? Is that some sort of legal term that i've never heard of? Any clues out there?

Greer_Vol_22 writes:

Probably a Spurrier spy anyway. Seriously, CLK must have set benchmarks for his coaches to hit and this guy isn't cutting the mustard.

MrKnoxville writes:

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O.K. that was just for poops & giggles dude....just kidding!

belayvol writes:

in response to old_number1:

What the heck does 'strict review' mean? Is that some sort of legal term that i've never heard of? Any clues out there?

Super secret, double probation.

tngeoff2 writes:

I think he really did do that though. That's just my take on all of it. If you look all the information about the issue its kind of hard to conclude anything else. If it isn't true...then so be it...but it really seems like it is. I guess it could be that it wasn't meant to happen that way...but...it is what it is...

TD_4_UT writes:

As usual UT fans in the know will have to investigate and post what they find out to us that are out of the loop. I'm glad that some fans have "sources". We find out more from them than we do reporters. GO VOLS!!!!!

NobodyCares (Inactive) writes:

in response to gatorz5:

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Yup, this from the guy who ... taadaa ... "...only posts facts." Have you EVER posted anything of substance?

You be well lil' zzgatorboy.

boro_vol writes:

in response to MrKnoxville:

He's an alumni here, was a grad. assist. strength & conditioning coach here, and ties with the almighty Coach Orgeron.....very possible dude very possible. Then there is the ex-Tennessee Strength & Conditioning that is with the U.S.C. Trojans which was the head S & C coach when Asmus was here....what's his name? Does anyone remember?

Maybe Kiffin has an inside track for Chris Carlisle, the USC Strength and Conditioning coach who has Tennessee ties.

http://usctrojans.cstv.com/sports/m-f...

NobodyCares (Inactive) writes:

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Oh c'mon lil' zzgatorboy. Clearly any URL that has .../spin/... in it is purely for the entertainment of less than serious fans. You know, someone like you? No substance, a fear of facts, and of no redeeming social value to anyone. Is this .../spin/... article written by your favorite scribe ... the high school sophomore in Arizona?

Yup, it's fans like you that cause lil' Urbie to look forward to his days in South Bend ... where he will be surrounded by real football fans.

You be well lil' zzgatorboy.

old_number1 writes:

in response to tngeoff2:

I think he really did do that though. That's just my take on all of it. If you look all the information about the issue its kind of hard to conclude anything else. If it isn't true...then so be it...but it really seems like it is. I guess it could be that it wasn't meant to happen that way...but...it is what it is...

can someone tell me what this post means?

NobodyCares (Inactive) writes:

in response to old_number1:

can someone tell me what this post means?

It is intuitively obvious to the most casual observer ... it says what says.

Voluvr writes:

This may be more about getting his guy Chris Carlisle from USC in than about getting Smith out. Kiffin continues to separate the wheat from the chaff!

Keep up the good work Coach Kiffin!

Singaporehillbilly writes:

Smith is already tired of Kiddie Kiffin's lies.

old_number1 writes:

in response to NobodyCares:

It is intuitively obvious to the most casual observer ... it says what says.

Ok. You got me! I opened myself up on that one (LOL). But between 'strict review', gator5, and posts like above, I admit this is getting hard to follow. BTW, its been 3 days sinse I responded to a loper!!! The 12 step program is working!

tngivem6 writes:

in response to belayvol:

Possible replacement. Aaron Ausmus.

http://www.olemisssports.com/ViewArti...

This would appear to be a nice smooth fit to the staff. Former Vol, knows the staff..
wonder why he wasn't hired to start with?

old_number1 writes:

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That's what I'm thinking!

panties4tebow writes:

Trolls!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WARNING!!!!!!!!!!!! The panty wearing troll lovers are here. Do not respond to these dumbies!!!!

Voluvr writes:

in response to thevoice:

Fellas, this is starting to get embarrassing. Did anyone hear Tuberville on the Zone today? What a class guy.

Nice guys finish last in the SEC!

chrisw2967 writes:

in response to panties4tebow:

Trolls!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WARNING!!!!!!!!!!!! The panty wearing troll lovers are here. Do not respond to these dumbies!!!!

ok , got the memo.

troll alert:
there has been a sighting of gay lopers in panties 2 is wearing flavored panties ,dc and checkerd and the other is wearing non flavored gayazz100, if you dont believe they are non flavored then ask dc and checkerd.

panties4tebow writes:

GOOD OLE ROCKY TOP ROCKY TOP TENNESSEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

THE TROLLS FEAR KIFFIN & COMPANY AND ARE GETTING MORE AND MORE FEARFUL EACH DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

FWBVol writes:

in response to compact2:

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There are several QBs to win more SEC titles than Peyton since UT's only SEC title under Manning was in 1997.

As far as the Heisman question, there were actually three other Vols to finish second in the voting; Hank Laurecilla (sp) 1951, Johnny Majors 1956 and Heath Shuler 1993.

old_number1 writes:

in response to belayvol:

Super secret, double probation.

This thread gets more bizarre every minute. That was funny though, B-vol!

panties4tebow writes:

in response to chrisw2967:

ok , got the memo.

troll alert:
there has been a sighting of gay lopers in panties 2 is wearing flavored panties ,dc and checkerd and the other is wearing non flavored gayazz100, if you dont believe they are non flavored then ask dc and checkerd.

Good Job!!!!

99gator writes:

kiffin must have an anti-doldrum policy.

Voluvr writes:

in response to DCflorida1:

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If Kiffin is a bozo and we know Tennessee is a 5-7 team, then I'm trying to understand why your life is so consumed with running down the Vols....unless..unless you know something about the near future. You know what's coming.

I assure you one thing, in 2-3 yrs. the last thing the NC Vols and it's fans will be completely eaten up with is 5-7 Florida and their new coach.

old_number1 writes:

in response to thevoice:

Fellas, this is starting to get embarrassing. Did anyone hear Tuberville on the Zone today? What a class guy.

I didn't. What did he say?

teampenny#658108 writes:

in response to Voluvr:

Nice guys finish last in the SEC!

So do A holes think of the Old Ball Coach! Go vols

Volfan1 writes:

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1. Andy Kelly, the only QB to win two SEC titles (since we abandoned the single wing in 1964).
2. THREE players finished second - Hank Lauricella, Johnny Majors, and Heath Shuler

TrueVolsFan writes:

What is goin on in K-town! This doesn't seem right, regardless of what friction might have been. I'm trying to have faith, but good lord do the hits ever stop coming?

therewillbeorange writes:

I'm starting to wonder about all this hoopla....we better win some football games this fall.

MrKnoxville writes:

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Usually when it boils down to it.....$$$$$...money, money, money, money, & more money.

yabadabadoo1026 writes:

in response to MrKnoxville:

Usually when it boils down to it.....$$$$$...money, money, money, money, & more money.

i don't see that here---the guys getting if I remember $200M/yr--50M more that he was making--to stand over benchs screaming "give me one more"----thats bailout kind of money for what a strength coach does (not undervaluing strength and endurance mind you)

LiveFaith writes:

in response to Volfan1:

1. Andy Kelly, the only QB to win two SEC titles (since we abandoned the single wing in 1964).
2. THREE players finished second - Hank Lauricella, Johnny Majors, and Heath Shuler

Actually, Andy Kelly is not the most recent. That honor would go to Tee Martin who won it in 1997 and 1998.

LiveFaith writes:

Go Kiff. Weed em' out. Send Hamilton out the door next.

McIntireIMP writes:

obviously the strength and conditioning coach has the most contact with the players during the summer and this guy was probably not willing to put in the babysitting effort that Lane wanted. It was hightlighted when Brent Vinson put himself in a place to witness a shooting the other night.

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