Kiffin adds some new shots at Meyer

Lane Kiffin on Urban Meyer's criticism of SEC officials

Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin seemed skeptical that Florida coach Urban Meyer would be severely punished for his recent criticism of the SEC's much-maligned football officials.

"Urban Meyer?" Kiffin deadpanned following practice Wednesday when asked of Meyer's comments. "Criticized the officials, wow, that will be interesting. We'll see."

The SEC sent out a memo to member schools and media that threatened coaches with fines and suspensions if they publicly criticized officials.

Asked if Kiffin was under the impression that the public criticism was supposed to stop, he said, "You guys got the same memo that I got."

Meyer made the comments about a play in which quarterback Tim Tebow was hit by a Georgia player after handing the ball off.

"That should have been a penalty, in my opinion," Meyer said. "Obviously, it should have been. You've got to protect quarterbacks. That's the whole purpose. It's right in front of the referee. I'm not sure how they're going to handle that, but ... that was one of the plays we did send in (to the SEC to be reviewed)."

Kiffin also weighed in on Florida linebacker Brandon Spikes, who has been suspended by Florida for Saturday's game against Vanderbilt for eye-gouging Georgia tailback Washaun Ealey last week.

"I did see the rerun," Kiffin said. "It was pretty bad but we'll worry about our team and what we can control. We've got a lot of work to do. Obviously, he'll discipline his team - or not - however he feels."

Spikes' Reaction: UT fullback Austin Johnson, who played against Spikes in high school in North Carolina, didn't seem taken aback by Spikes' eye-gouging.

"It doesn't really surprise me," Johnson said. "It is what it is I guess."

Johnson said Spikes didn't have a reputation as a dirty player in high school.

"He always was a talker but he never tried to hurt me intentionally or hurt anybody else or try to do dirty things like that," Johnson said.

Offensive guard Cory Sullins said he's never been eye-gouged, but he's been attacked in a pile.

"Actually, one time in high school I had somebody try to, it felt like, break my ankle," Sullins said. "A lot of stuff goes on in there."

Safety Janzen Jackson once feared for one of his fingers.

"I thought it was just stuck in the facemask and I looked up and I saw him biting my finger," the freshman said, recounting a high school incident. "I was trying to get up out of there. I didn't want my finger to get ripped off. To the extreme of biting me? That's kind of crazy.

"There are no rules when it's a dog pile because the referees can't see. It's whoever wants it the baddest. What would you do to get the ball? We ain't got weapons out there. All you've got is your hands."

Linebacker Rico McCoy said he's been kicked, pinched and had his fingers stepped on. Some of it, he said, makes sense if a fumble is involved.

However, McCoy said he wouldn't appreciate such skullduggery happening to one of his teammates.

"I'd be very upset if something like that happened," the senior said. "I like it to be physical anyway but there's going to be some extra stuff going on (if that happened), trying to really hurt some guys out there.

"That's kind of crazy. I'd be upset. I'm pretty sure the whole team would be upset."

Safety Eric Berry said he's been attacked in his stomach, arms and "private areas". The key to avoiding such attacks is to not be in a pile any longer than necessary.

"I try not to be on the bottom of the piles," he said. "As soon as we hit the ground, we've got to get up. That's pretty much our rule on defense or you get a 'loaf' for it. If you stay on the ground, you're going to get a 'minus' on your grade sheet."

Injury Report: Kicker Daniel Lincoln (quadriceps) practiced and said he would play Saturday against Memphis. Defensive tackle Marlon Walls (ankle) and defensive end Chris Walker (back) practiced. Defensive end Gerald Williams (ankle) was limited.

Berry Good: Berry has been named a semifinalist for the second year in a row for two prestigious national awards.

The junior is one of 12 players recognized for the Jim Thorpe Award, given annually to the nation's best college defensive back. Berry was a Thorpe finalist last season.

Berry is one of 15 players named for the Chuck Bednarik Award, presented to the outstanding national defensive back of the year. Berry was a Bednarik semifinalist during his All-America campaign of 2008.

Three finalists each for both awards will be named Nov. 23, leading to the announcement of the winner Dec. 10.

Tennessee Tickets: Tickets are still available for Saturday's game at uttix.com.

Sullins Salute: Sullins had a strong prediction for Kiffin.

"I think he's going to take them to two SEC championships within the next four years," the senior said.

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Txvol57 writes:

Sullins is a Senior...right?

VolInIndy writes:

You hear that guys? The Witch Doctor is going to boil Slive!

VolPatrick writes:

"Obviously, he'll discipline his team-or not-..." LOL!

I love CLK a little bit more every day.

DownTheField writes:

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agreed... slive fears the kiffin

MoralVictory writes:

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KiFFiNOMiCS writes:

"I did see the rerun," Kiffin said. "It was pretty bad but we'll worry about our team and what we can control. We've got a lot of work to do. Obviously, he'll discipline his team - or not - however he feels."

LOL gotta love him throwing in the "or not" in there....CLASSIC!

Regulator writes:

Step and jab. Step and jab. Heehee!!

DownTheField writes:

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you make almost no sense... and we all know that you have no idea what anyone in fla is calling anything because you're always here... excited by the tennessee program no less

Gator_Hater (Inactive) writes:

Why do I have a feeling that Slive is about to suspend Kiffin and do nothing to Meyer? I beg him please SUSPEND KIFFIN FOR THE MEMPHIS GAME! Why you ask? To finally prove to the entire nation that Slive DOES favor UF, thus bringing down the hammer of the NCAA. If he suspends Kiffin and Urban walks, ESPN, The Sporting News, and every other sports network will eat the commissioner alive. Kiffin would become a martyr and the demise of Gator Nation would kick into overdrive! BRING IT SLIVE YOU PUNK!

HallowedHill writes:

Hey Cory, you have to say, 'he's going to take "US"' not "THEM" to the SEC Championship.

Oh yeah, and "4" not "2" SEC Championships!

Vols033 writes:

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Kiffin was also answerng a question when he said the incriminating things that he said. Meyer should be suspended and fined, period. I guess Slive won't be getting one of those famous Florida sideline hugs this weekend.

WytheVol writes:

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Yep. Kiffin was the only one to call out the refs this year. Call it the Kiffin Rule...

mountainbrook writes:

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The fear is strong in this one. As his fear grows he posts more often.

we3vols#281863 writes:

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KiFFiNOMiCS writes:

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Boy then people in Florida are more stupid than we thought....your former Offensive Coordinator Dan Mullen was just as involved in calling out the SEC officials as Kiffin....but as you see....KiFFiN-ENVY is spreading like wildfire.

Some where in Gatorland....right now as you read this...a Head Coach is making out with his Running Back that attempts passes...can anyone say CREEPY MAN to BOY LOVE:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mM2hCA...

If you play it backwards it looks like Meyer is starting to learn his lesson LOL!

allvol32 writes:

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The only turd here is you turd...KNS...the elephants marched by and left this turd - time to get the pooper scooper out and ban yet another insipid troll...Here's to a turd/troll free site!!!

WD knows - turds/trolls FEAR the Kiffin!!!

jcherrie#219531 (Inactive) writes:

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M(ale)oralVictory - you truly are an idiot. First you make posts posing as a Vols fan. You have nothing of value to say here so quit wasting your time.

Try writing to your friends instead. I guess that will prove difficult.

Hounddog writes:

Witch doctor, pass Gator Hater some magic herb.

Let's play football. Hounddog

CoverOrange writes:

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No one made him answer the question by criticizing the officiating. He easily could have said "no comment" but he didn't. Don't claim the high road if it isn't open to you.

Urban should take lessons from Spurrier.

"That mean bulldog hit my little gator really hard when he didn't even have the ball. Is that wrong? Just askin'"

"My Brandon accidentally stuck his finger in someone's eye. Is that wrong? Just askin'"

ArealVolFan writes:

Flo and the other girls will be along shortly. Ironic that Urban will be punished because of the Kiffin rule? This is what happens with poor officiating and being in bed with the SEC commish occurs.

bcdvol#234255 writes:

KNS, today is Wednesday. How about tomorrow you write about the UT game on Saturday. You know the one I'm talking about. If you feel the need to continue to write these stories, why don't you post them online under police blotters. Somebody call PETA cause this horse is dead and you're still beating it.

Pdiddy10 writes:

yeah... urban's wallet is empty.

mike slives pocket is bulging with all of the money he has gotten off of urban paying him...

CrankE writes:

I presume Kiffin will be reprimanded/suspended/drawn/quartered or something for daring to smirk at Meyer.

The league will leave Meyer untouched.

Maybe Tebow can "EXO 21:24" on his eyepatches this week.

allvol32 writes:

This just in...Mike Slive today suspended Lane Kiffin for one game in response to Urban Meyer's remarks about poor SEC officiating. Slive said "If Coach Meyer says anything else about the officials I'll be forced to suspend Petrino and Mullen as well...this has got to stop!"

bcdvol#234255 writes:

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Been drinking the koolaid for a long time WD. Suffered right along with you. WD having fun. Me too. Notice post was to KNS and not to fun loving fans. Also note I'll be reading the police blotter hoping for more. Would still like to see some actual articles about game with Tiger High.

chad_t31 writes:

Here's the thing that we, who think meyer has slive in his back pocket, should think about. Matter of fact, even those who don't believe it, should really let this sink in...

When kiffin and mullen made comments about officiating, they were reprimanded within a couple of hours after their comments. Meyer makes a comment along the same lines, and no one has heard a peep out of slive. It's way past time for slive to be looking for a job.

BeVOLy writes:

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I just love that everyone in Florida is talking about our coach.

bcdvol#234255 writes:

in response to chad_t31:

Here's the thing that we, who think meyer has slive in his back pocket, should think about. Matter of fact, even those who don't believe it, should really let this sink in...

When kiffin and mullen made comments about officiating, they were reprimanded within a couple of hours after their comments. Meyer makes a comment along the same lines, and no one has heard a peep out of slive. It's way past time for slive to be looking for a job.

Question of the day. Enjoy good life while quiet in back pocket, or fine and pay taxes on the proceeds?

Gator_Hater (Inactive) writes:

in response to chad_t31:

Here's the thing that we, who think meyer has slive in his back pocket, should think about. Matter of fact, even those who don't believe it, should really let this sink in...

When kiffin and mullen made comments about officiating, they were reprimanded within a couple of hours after their comments. Meyer makes a comment along the same lines, and no one has heard a peep out of slive. It's way past time for slive to be looking for a job.

Slive is probably in the ER right now, that's why we haven't heard from him yet. When faced with the prospect of punishing his beloved Gators and his best buddy Urban, he more than likely had a heart attack or a stroke. Seems like Slive would go to that extreme to protect his favorite team, doesn't it?

VolsToTheWall writes:

Who fires Slive, Golden Flake? Hows that work?

chad_t31 writes:

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Question of the day. Enjoy good life while quiet in back pocket, or fine and pay taxes on the proceeds?

Good point. Yet, the memo went out. No more reprimands; fine or suspension. I bet slive is really hitting the bottle lamenting over this decision. Does he stick to the guidelines of his memo or does he resign and move to gainesville?

windy writes:

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Hey stupid, looks like Slive will own Meyer before he does Kiffin. Ohhhhh I forgot, he already owns Meyer.

bcdvol#234255 writes:

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Been reading your literary prose for a long time. If you were not having fun, guys in funny white suits would have picked you up long ago. Its football have fun with it. It's not like we're in the hospital having exploratory surgery trying to find our spines. Though I do have a good doctor referral for Mr. Slive.

Razzle writes:

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Tell the truth... Slime is Urbie's daddy.

windy writes:

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You are either stupid, or cant read. Go and re-read the post and you will Meyer plainly called out the offical. Don't try to spin to suit yourself. A 3rd grader can read,so why can't you.

Razzle writes:

Floriduh trolls MV, SECFB, and DC post on here more than Vol fans. Proof that they fear the Kiffin.

Gator_Hater (Inactive) writes:

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Holy cow, am I out of high school yet? Did you come up with that all by yourself, or did your daddy help you with that snazzy comeback?

As far as coaches shipping at each other like teenagers, can't you tell Kiffin is having fun with it while Urban, Saban, and Spurrier look they're gonna have a stroke?

windy writes:

All these Fl trolls just confirm why I hate them so much. It used to be Bama, but not its Gators.

bcdvol#234255 writes:

Shucks folks cut Mr.Slive a break. The memo went out and to save the conference some money, he was going to deliver it by hand this weekend. The Florida Athletic department never knew about the change.

Volguy1971 writes:

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Love it...I have one to add to your "secret book" for future use....You can't spell FAILURE without UF.

utvolfan16 writes:

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you make almost no sense... and we all know that you have no idea what anyone in fla is calling anything because you're always here... excited by the tennessee program no less

Keep talking up UT football in Gator territory. Your high school star players are listening. Enjoy the top because your team's grip is extremely slippery.

Gator_Hater (Inactive) writes:

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Floriduh trolls MV, SECFB, and DC post on here more than Vol fans. Proof that they fear the Kiffin.

SECFB is a Bama fan. Major difference. MV and DC's team has won 3 national titles since Bama's last one. UT has won one since Bama's last one. His presence and smack-talking is by far the most pathetic. And dang right he fears the Kiffin. His #1 team only won because of a 400 pound pile of man-boobs.

utvolfan16 writes:

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I'd say, OR WHAT. Wait and see, and come back and post when Bowden and Saban beat you back to back. We'll see you and your Gators chompin' down the interstate in the Capital One Bowl. Write it down.

WytheVol writes:

in response to Gator_Hater:

Holy cow, am I out of high school yet? Did you come up with that all by yourself, or did your daddy help you with that snazzy comeback?

As far as coaches shipping at each other like teenagers, can't you tell Kiffin is having fun with it while Urban, Saban, and Spurrier look they're gonna have a stroke?

It is a lot more fun to be a VOL these days. Isn't it? I like the snippiness. I like Urban on edge.

mbible1utk#324980 writes:

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my money is on "WHAT!!"

Lane Kiffin is hilarious... I love his "or not" comment. Someone should fly that as a banner over Gainesville for the next Gators home game.

ArealVolFan writes:

Does Kiffin own Cryer-Myer or WHAT????

BSweet writes:

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Obviously he didn't follow the rules when he criticized the refs. Kiffin wasn't alone in his criticisms that caused the memo. Talk to Mullins and Petrino, who oddly enough made their criticisms after each had played the gators. Hmmmm.... coincidence? I think not.

govols26 writes:

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Why do I have a feeling that Slive is about to suspend Kiffin and do nothing to Meyer? I beg him please SUSPEND KIFFIN FOR THE MEMPHIS GAME! Why you ask? To finally prove to the entire nation that Slive DOES favor UF, thus bringing down the hammer of the NCAA. If he suspends Kiffin and Urban walks, ESPN, The Sporting News, and every other sports network will eat the commissioner alive. Kiffin would become a martyr and the demise of Gator Nation would kick into overdrive! BRING IT SLIVE YOU PUNK!

I totally understand what you're getting at but don't forget ESPN and CBS and the rest all love florida like meyer loves timmy on a friday night. All I'm sayin is that they might just bash UT more and praise florida...as stupid as that would be.

ArealVolFan writes:

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Not really, we love the fact they scorn you to come to us. Keep dreaming though, we will have a great new crop of them come next year!

WytheVol writes:

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Uhhh... Most teams in the SEC recruit Florida as hard as they can. Don't think it is a big secret that the state of Tennessee don't produce a ton of football players, along with probably 40 other states in our country. Whats the point?

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