Layla Kiffin's happy to be at home with family and friends

Layla Kiffin poses with her children, Pressley, Knox, and Landry, left to right, and her favorite tailgating foods, death by chocolate, left, and Tennessee caviar, right, at the Cove in Concord Park.

Photo by Adam Brimer

Layla Kiffin poses with her children, Pressley, Knox, and Landry, left to right, and her favorite tailgating foods, death by chocolate, left, and Tennessee caviar, right, at the Cove in Concord Park.

"I told Lane we better do good because I don't ever want to leave."

Layla Kiffin

Moving to Knoxville has afforded Layla Kiffin something that's very unusual in the world of football - being near family.

"For us to be here with my mom and Lane's dad and mom is just priceless. It's very rare in this profession to be with family," she said.

Her brother, David Reaves, is also in Knoxville, working with husband Lane Kiffin as quarterback coach for the University of Tennessee.

"I told Lane we better do good because I don't ever want to leave," she said.

"My kids are so happy here. They really are. We live on the water and we're on it almost every day."

Layla Kiffin

The family has moved into a lakeside home in West Knoxville, and she said the couple's three children, Landry, 4, Presley, 2 1/2, and Knox, 7 months, love their new surroundings.

"My kids are so happy here. They really are. We live on the water and we're on it almost every day," she said.

Although tailgating isn't something she does often, she loves to entertain at home.

"Lane works so hard that when he's home and has time off he likes to hang out with family and close friends," she said.

She enjoys cooking for her family and said her children's favorite food is pasta.

"They would eat it breakfast, lunch and dinner if I would let them," she said.

Chicken Parmesan is her husband's favorite dish, which she acknowledges she's "pretty good at making." If her husband gets near the grill he can whip up a "mean chicken fajita."

"He loves to grill," she said.

When asked if she had a favorite family recipe, she smiled and said, "My mom is a wonderful woman, but one thing she is not is a cook. We used to call her Microwave Patti. So unfortunately, I have no family recipes to pass along," she said, quickly adding, "My mom made up for (lack of cooking) in other ways."

Kiffin was an event planner when she met her husband, and although she always wanted children, she never thought she would give up her career.

"I loved what I did and was really happy with the way my career was going. But since they have arrived I can't even imagine working. It's just not for me," she said.

She manages to juggle the family's schedule pretty well but said friendships with other coaches' wives are very important to her.

"We're raising the kids and doing it all by ourselves pretty much six months out of the year. So for me, I instantly attach myself to some of the other wives. We pretty much stick together."

Layla Kiffin

"We're raising the kids and doing it all by ourselves pretty much six months out of the year. So for me, I instantly attach myself to some of the other wives. We pretty much stick together," she said.

Her children's personalities are still developing, but she's already discovered something about girls that she never knew before.

"I have brothers, so I never experienced the whole sister thing, but oh my gosh, the drama between those two can be ridiculous," she said.

She described Landry as having a "take-charge" personality, Presley as a "spitfire, but she's 2 years old, so the jury is still out," and Knox as being "very laid back."

"Our oldest is probably going to be the first female president. She is the spitting image of her dad," she said.

When asked if more children are in her future, she didn't rule it out.

"We've said we want more, but I don't know. I'm very happy with what I have right now," she said.

She's amazed at the attention she's received on the Web. Various sites comment on her attractiveness, but she said she has little time to worry about that kind of stuff.

"When my brother told me about being the No. 1 Googled name the day of Lane's press conference I was shocked and thought it was funny. I've heard about some of the Web sites out there, but I've learned not to pay much attention to stuff like that. I've got three kids under 4. I don't have time to worry about that sort of thing," she said.

She shares the following recipes.

Death by chocolate

1 (21-ounce ) package brownie mix, prepared

1/4 cup Kahlua

1 large tub (16 ounces or larger) whipped topping (CoolWhip recommended)

2 (3-ounce) packages instant chocolate pudding or 2 (6-packs) premade chocolate pudding

8 Heath bars, crushed

Prepare brownies as directed. Let cool. Poke holes in brownies and pour Kahlua into holes. Then crumble brownies with a fork. Using trifle bowl, layer half of brownie mixture with half of pudding, half of whipped topping and half of the crushed Heath bars. Repeat process, ending with crushed Heath bars over whipped topping. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight before serving.

Backyard caviar

2 cans black beans, drained

2 cans Rotel diced tomatoes and green chilies, drained

1 can corn, drained

1 avocado

1 bunch green onions, chopped

1/3 cup lemon juice

1/3 cup red wine vinegar

Mexican cheese, to taste (optional)

Cilantro, chopped, to taste

Garlic salt, to taste

Salt and pepper, to taste

In large bowl mix all ingredients together. Place in refrigerator and let sit overnight. Serve with chips.

Melt-in-your-mouth pizza bread

12 sheets phyllo dough (in grocer's freezer section)

1/2 cup melted butter

3/4-1 cup Parmesan cheese

8 small tomatoes, sliced thin

1 large onion, thinly sliced

2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded

Oregano

Garlic salt

Salt

Pepper

Defrost phyllo dough according to directions on box. Grease large cookie sheet with cooking spray. Place one sheet of dough onto cookie sheet and brush lightly with butter. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Repeat the layering of phyllo, Parmesan cheese and butter four times. Cover fourth layer with mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle onions evenly over cheese and top with sliced tomatoes. Season with oregano, garlic salt, salt and pepper. Top with Parmesan cheese. Bake in 350-degree oven for 25 minutes or until cheese is bubbly.

Mary Constantine may be reached at 865-342-6428.

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Comments » 23

GreerVol22 writes:

Wow.....my mouth was open and everything....

GreerVol22 writes:

somebody call the Witch_Doctor, I've got lock- jaw!

WhitePineVol77 writes:

Layla
The VOL nation loves you, but the jury is still out on Lane. We hope he "does good" too! We want to see your beautiful smile for a long time here in these hills.

jzt writes:

Recipes on Govolsxtra, I know shes hot but this is a UT sports site.

Cldvols1 writes:

in response to FreeTDTN:

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LOL now that's funny, I don't keer who you are!

GeneralNeylandsReturn writes:

We are very fortunate to have such a potential ambassador for our program in this woman.

Some of you are showing your arse in such a way as to explain why Fowler's comments after the Manning Heisman debacle worked so well as a joke with most of the country.

Give it a rest if you have Tennessee's interest at heart. There is nothing positive in projecting a wet t-shirt type gawking disposition toward the coach's wife; only the strong potential for negatives.

They say (Ben Franklin for example) that the measure of a man is his woman. Well from what I can tell so far, she speaks volumes for Coach K. Time will tell.

But for gosh sakes, if you have any sense, or any affinity for Tennessee football - please keep your wack off fantasies to yourself. This forum is a fine place for a human interest article on a coach's family; its the sophmoric moronic crass sexual connotations that have no place in this forum...

jakethevolguy writes:

in response to GeneralNeylandsReturn:

We are very fortunate to have such a potential ambassador for our program in this woman.

Some of you are showing your arse in such a way as to explain why Fowler's comments after the Manning Heisman debacle worked so well as a joke with most of the country.

Give it a rest if you have Tennessee's interest at heart. There is nothing positive in projecting a wet t-shirt type gawking disposition toward the coach's wife; only the strong potential for negatives.

They say (Ben Franklin for example) that the measure of a man is his woman. Well from what I can tell so far, she speaks volumes for Coach K. Time will tell.

But for gosh sakes, if you have any sense, or any affinity for Tennessee football - please keep your wack off fantasies to yourself. This forum is a fine place for a human interest article on a coach's family; its the sophmoric moronic crass sexual connotations that have no place in this forum...

Coach, I couldn't have said it better myself!!! GBO

GreerVol22 writes:

in response to GeneralNeylandsReturn:

We are very fortunate to have such a potential ambassador for our program in this woman.

Some of you are showing your arse in such a way as to explain why Fowler's comments after the Manning Heisman debacle worked so well as a joke with most of the country.

Give it a rest if you have Tennessee's interest at heart. There is nothing positive in projecting a wet t-shirt type gawking disposition toward the coach's wife; only the strong potential for negatives.

They say (Ben Franklin for example) that the measure of a man is his woman. Well from what I can tell so far, she speaks volumes for Coach K. Time will tell.

But for gosh sakes, if you have any sense, or any affinity for Tennessee football - please keep your wack off fantasies to yourself. This forum is a fine place for a human interest article on a coach's family; its the sophmoric moronic crass sexual connotations that have no place in this forum...

If you are refering to my comments, I was speaking solely about the delicious recipies.

Waldorf writes:

I don't know which looks better, Layla or the Death by Chocolate.

I also like that she smiles. I'm pretty sure I've never seen a picture of Vicki smiling, even after her hubby had just won the NC. I bet she doesn't cuss out sports writers in the booth either or force her husband to do something because she ran her mouth to her friends.

Just another upgrade from the Foolmore era!

rockytopatl writes:

The biggest upgrade is in the image of our First Family -- young, vibrant and vivacious. I loved the Great Pumpkin in his time, but so many things -- especially the idiotic clapping after a Tennessee turnover -- are happily left behind.

gnm53108 writes:

Thank you kns.

Good article.

chrisw2967 writes:

in response to hiresanders:

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acolvol#632266 writes:

in response to GreerVol22:

Wow.....my mouth was open and everything....

But enough about Layla.

SavTnVol writes:

in response to jzt:

Recipes on Govolsxtra, I know shes hot but this is a UT sports site.

YOU MEAN THERE'S WORDS BELOW THE PICTURE????????

davidray728 writes:

I've been a Tennessee fan for 59 years. I'm embarrassed to read most of the negative responses to this article. Especially the perverted ones. Here is a happy lady that is giving our city a five star rating and all she gets in redneck responses. Go buy a Penthouse and lock yourselves up in a room somewhere.

utfan12345 writes:

in response to SavTnVol:

YOU MEAN THERE'S WORDS BELOW THE PICTURE????????

Best wishes to Lane, his wife, and his children. I hope that they all like Knoxville. They seem like very nice people.

Beauty is one of the most relative concept (the old cliche, "beauty is in the eye of the beholder.").

Personally, I don't see what all the fuss is over and I get a little tired of people carrying on about how "hot" she is.

Sure, she's more attractive than average--but let's face it, being more attractive than average is not very hard these days. With that said, I just don't see it.

I expect the personal insults to start flying. Look folks, I agree that she's attractive. But, to me, she's not that great.

stinky_pinky writes:

too bad he never got to try George's Chicken Parm from The Roman Room....

man, i miss that place! was the best dish on the strip...

murrayvol writes:

in response to GeneralNeylandsReturn:

We are very fortunate to have such a potential ambassador for our program in this woman.

Some of you are showing your arse in such a way as to explain why Fowler's comments after the Manning Heisman debacle worked so well as a joke with most of the country.

Give it a rest if you have Tennessee's interest at heart. There is nothing positive in projecting a wet t-shirt type gawking disposition toward the coach's wife; only the strong potential for negatives.

They say (Ben Franklin for example) that the measure of a man is his woman. Well from what I can tell so far, she speaks volumes for Coach K. Time will tell.

But for gosh sakes, if you have any sense, or any affinity for Tennessee football - please keep your wack off fantasies to yourself. This forum is a fine place for a human interest article on a coach's family; its the sophmoric moronic crass sexual connotations that have no place in this forum...

Touche!

bleuvol writes:

in response to utfan12345:

Best wishes to Lane, his wife, and his children. I hope that they all like Knoxville. They seem like very nice people.

Beauty is one of the most relative concept (the old cliche, "beauty is in the eye of the beholder.").

Personally, I don't see what all the fuss is over and I get a little tired of people carrying on about how "hot" she is.

Sure, she's more attractive than average--but let's face it, being more attractive than average is not very hard these days. With that said, I just don't see it.

I expect the personal insults to start flying. Look folks, I agree that she's attractive. But, to me, she's not that great.

um.....even I can see she's frackin hot, dude. and this is after poppin out the three little ones. they're definitely one attractive little family--makes ya wonder what happened in the genes from Monte to Lane...seriously. But then again, I have to excuse your opinion, b/c I would probably get even more grief than you will for those comments, if I stated mine.

sizeDD writes:

in response to long_vol:

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funny

johnlg00 writes:

in response to hiresanders:

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And you will always be an idiot.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to stinky_pinky:

too bad he never got to try George's Chicken Parm from The Roman Room....

man, i miss that place! was the best dish on the strip...

Agree completely! In my student days, that may have been the only meal I had some days. Good thing, because it was the only one I needed; probably about 2000 calories in one of those meals, especially when washed down with a big frosty mug of draft!

CoverOrange writes:

"They say (Ben Franklin for example) that the measure of a man is his woman. "

You may need to do your term paper on ole Ben this semester.

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