Kiffin rips team, targets 'five percent'

An animated Lane Kiffin blasted his team following Wednesday’s practice. A select few were his primary targets.

“It really was to five percent of the guys,” Tennessee’s coach said shortly after the tirade. “Our team is only going to go as far as everybody. We’ve got 95 percent of the guys that are doing well.”

Kiffin said he believed all of his players were giving great effort on the practice field. Off the field is another issue.

“It gets a little old to see the same few guys on your team that you have that feeling and you can see your players have that feeling because they don’t know all their plays and they don’t prepare the same way the rest of the guys do,” Kiffin said.

“It’s time to come up. It’s time to come up with the rest of the guys that are doing things right.”

Kiffin said throughout his career, especially in the NFL, peer pressure is often the best remedy for players that aren’t meeting expectations.

“I told the other guys to bring them up, help bring them along,” he said. “If they need to study extra, they can study extra with some of the older guys.”

Kiffin seemed to be referring to backups when he said the players in question will be needed later this season, especially if injuries continue to mount.

The problem is evidently widespread. Kiffin said there seems to be one slacking player in every position group.

“It’s the same couple of guys,” he said. “Obviously, I’m not going to mention them but you have that feeling that they’re not going to play fast because they don’t know what they’re doing because it’s not as important to them as it is to the rest of the guys.”

Kiffin’s message was summed up in one short phrase he shared with the media following practice, “Quit being that guy.”

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Chris4Vols22 writes:

You tell them Lane. I am LOVING the intensity of this coaching staff!

volsn1 writes:

I hope he is talking about Crompton

smashmouth98 writes:

wow, he is trying to hold them accountable. Underperforming is NOT an option. He really is treating them like a NFL team. I love it!! Now I want to know who he was talking about. insider info, anybody???

NorthwestVol writes:

Any bets Gerald Jones was one of the 5 percent?

GerryOP writes:

Don't guess there was any clap-clap-clapping or fatherly pats on the helmet during this session.

Fear The Kiffin ... or transfer to Chattanooga

dvhill100 writes:

in response to GerryOP:

Don't guess there was any clap-clap-clapping or fatherly pats on the helmet during this session.

Fear The Kiffin ... or transfer to Chattanooga

... or transfer to Chattanooga

That was cold. Funny, but cold. :)

Ringleader writes:

Well, lets see, 5%, that would amount to at least 4, but no more than 5

dvhill100 writes:

Got an friend coming in who is a big AU fan. I am coming in from Chas, SC. I like LK's intensity and holding these players accountable. I am hoping to back up the email I sent my friend:

Tickets: $70.00
Gas: $60.00
Beating AU like a red headed stepchild: Priceless

NorthwestVol writes:

in response to volsn1:

I hope he is talking about Crompton

Not likely. Like Crompton or not, CK has credited him with being one of the hardest working guys on the team. I have a feeling this might be aimed, in part, at a couple of receivers. Regardless, I like the passion. Hope it shows up on the field on Saturday and I actually think it will.

Pass me another glass of that koolaid please.

LiveFaith writes:

Lets see now, does 3 out of the team equal the 5%? Lamaison (sp?), Stevens & Crompton maybe? Just kidding. :-)

eldr5#344719 writes:

From the article it sounds like it's backups who don't feel the need to compete and study their playbooks because they are playing much. I wouldn't be surprised if Warren was in that group though.

smokyredbone writes:

Fulmer leftovers!!! GJ is a bigger disappointment
than JC.At least JC is trying.If they aren't in then they must be out coach. Clean em up and get on with it, help is coming! Vinson is another,Poole maybe also Rogan, but his is school related, he is great on the field. Get them out of there and play with the rest. GO VOLS!!!

smokyredbone writes:

in response to listentothemusic:

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STFU DH!!!

andy112382#209793 writes:

in response to listentothemusic:

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Well I suppose that isn't a problem, since there is no one by that name on this team.

Glad to see him getting after them, how many times does anyone here recall the previous staff having the tirades directed at the backups? (or starters at that!)

smokyredbone writes:

in response to TennesseeBigMan:

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We? Speak for yourself Tennesseebigmouth! Don't include yourself in the Vol fan base. You must be a Vandy fan biatch!!!

belayvol writes:

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Not your concern bammer boy. he will be here long enough to put us back on top and see you on probation again. Now, go study a textbook.

westknoxvol24 writes:

I'm guessing...B.Vinson...B.Warren...G.Jones...maybe a linebacker...or O line

andy112382#209793 writes:

Don't worry about TennesseeBigMan, just a troll who has one of those ironic names, like how Tiny ends up being a 7 foot tall guy, TennesseeBigMan, well.....you get the idea...

57TexasVol writes:

in response to volsn1:

I hope he is talking about Crompton

if you knew what you we're talking about you'd know JC has a reputation of working hard in practice and off the field. He may not be the skill player needed, maybe not having three different OC's would have made a difference...but he isn't one of the five-percenters. The "Crompton-Haters" don't get it...the last QB to produce was Casey Clausen....the program's slide started in 2002. Six years ago-albeit with some smoke & mirrors i.e. sliding into SEC Championship games based on other (higher-caliber) team's losses and tie-breakers. 2009 and 2010 are rebuilding years. Instead of jumping on Crompton's back, look at the positives; off field discipline, on field discipline and focus, real player development. Currently 3rd and 4th ranked recruiting class. Nothing personal, just sick and tired of the bozo's putting all our woes on Crompton, when it should be on the judgement and decesions of Fulmer and his staff.

smokyredbone writes:

in response to TennesseeBigMan:

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TennesseeFATAZZ, Where do you come up with "WE". Don't include yourself in the Vol Fan base, your probably a little biatch Vandy poser!!! Whatever the case your a loser for sure!!!! FOMF!!

57TexasVol writes:

in response to GerryOP:

Don't guess there was any clap-clap-clapping or fatherly pats on the helmet during this session.

Fear The Kiffin ... or transfer to Chattanooga

I second that!

GahLee writes:

I like the idea of letting them know that their play has not been acceptable to this point. Don't know how guys practice but on the field is different. Hope Art Evans was one he was ripping.

GahLee writes:

The injury to Nick will give somebody a chance to show out but who?

Where in the world is Chris Donald?

I know it's off subject but it has been on my mind since he signed, has he even played this year?

GahLee writes:

in response to 57TexasVol:

if you knew what you we're talking about you'd know JC has a reputation of working hard in practice and off the field. He may not be the skill player needed, maybe not having three different OC's would have made a difference...but he isn't one of the five-percenters. The "Crompton-Haters" don't get it...the last QB to produce was Casey Clausen....the program's slide started in 2002. Six years ago-albeit with some smoke & mirrors i.e. sliding into SEC Championship games based on other (higher-caliber) team's losses and tie-breakers. 2009 and 2010 are rebuilding years. Instead of jumping on Crompton's back, look at the positives; off field discipline, on field discipline and focus, real player development. Currently 3rd and 4th ranked recruiting class. Nothing personal, just sick and tired of the bozo's putting all our woes on Crompton, when it should be on the judgement and decesions of Fulmer and his staff.

Let's not forget Eric Ainge, exclude his sophomore year he was pretty good, good enough to be in the NFL.

bustervols writes:

KIF, IT'S ALL ON YOU BUD! YOU NEED TO MAN UP, BOY.

cgbtn writes:

Tyler Bray update. Tyler & the Vikings moved to 3 & 0. Tyler threw for 271 yds & 4 TDs. That gets him to 9 TDs in 3 games. However, he may not fit our offense, as he seems to be unable to throw interceptions.

whatcanbrowndoforyou writes:

Turn up the heat!! I love this coaching staffs intensity. Keep pushing these boys kiffin. GO VOLS!!!!

CRFVols writes:

I hope it's not G Jones or Warren like some of ya'll have guessed at, because those guys are on the field. If they're not living up to standards....then don't put them on the field...bottom line.

Ironcity writes:

in response to smokyredbone:

Fulmer leftovers!!! GJ is a bigger disappointment
than JC.At least JC is trying.If they aren't in then they must be out coach. Clean em up and get on with it, help is coming! Vinson is another,Poole maybe also Rogan, but his is school related, he is great on the field. Get them out of there and play with the rest. GO VOLS!!!

Where was it stated that GJ is not trying. Who said it? No one. IF GJ said he was proud of how well he's played because of how well he's blocked, we would be all over him. What Gerald is saying is he doesn't judge his contributions by how well he blocks. The reason, UT has about 6 receivers that can block just as good as him. You guys on here need to give the kid a break, he is frustrated, and any receiver with any pride would be frustrated with how things are going offensively. Your QB leads the nation in Int's, the wideouts have been invisible since the first game, things that work perfectly in practice have gone horribly wrong during the games and nobody really is sure why. I would much rather have a receiver who is upset and wants to do better then a receiver that says I am really happy because I have been blocking my butt off the last couple of games. That sounds like something Fulmer would have said to justify or inept passing attack.

As for players not caring, I would imagine some of these younger guys have a hard time adjusting to the amount of work it takes to be a complete player and Kiffin is tired of waiting for these guys to get. If anything, I think Kiffin is calling out the captains and the leaders to get on these guys and get them moving in the right direction. Our team needs some of these guys to get up to speed in a hurry.

Please don't mention names. Clearly you haven't a clue. Just an FYI, according to most in the know, Poole is one of the hardest working players on the team. When idiots like you start calling out players on a board like this it can be really harmful.

Cldvols1 writes:

You play for Tennessee boys, get your head out of your arse and start contributing. Got a real shot this weekend, focus! Go Vols

dmjohn2#576066 writes:

in response to dvhill100:

Got an friend coming in who is a big AU fan. I am coming in from Chas, SC. I like LK's intensity and holding these players accountable. I am hoping to back up the email I sent my friend:

Tickets: $70.00
Gas: $60.00
Beating AU like a red headed stepchild: Priceless

Love the email dvhill

Kiffin_fan writes:

Rogan is one, Stephens is two, Poole is three, I can't think of the fourth... help me out here guys...

PlaidinOrangeandWhite writes:

in response to GahLee:

The injury to Nick will give somebody a chance to show out but who?

Where in the world is Chris Donald?

I know it's off subject but it has been on my mind since he signed, has he even played this year?

Last I heard, Chris Donald was moved to DE. He may be one of the ones that Kiffin is referring to though. He has not lived up to the 5 star billing that he came in with.

rootin4volz writes:

A-M-E-N!!!!!! You tell 'em Lane!!! And HEY, you BOZOS...Quit being THAT guy! I'd tell 'em the same thing!!!

VolVolFan writes:

in response to 57TexasVol:

if you knew what you we're talking about you'd know JC has a reputation of working hard in practice and off the field. He may not be the skill player needed, maybe not having three different OC's would have made a difference...but he isn't one of the five-percenters. The "Crompton-Haters" don't get it...the last QB to produce was Casey Clausen....the program's slide started in 2002. Six years ago-albeit with some smoke & mirrors i.e. sliding into SEC Championship games based on other (higher-caliber) team's losses and tie-breakers. 2009 and 2010 are rebuilding years. Instead of jumping on Crompton's back, look at the positives; off field discipline, on field discipline and focus, real player development. Currently 3rd and 4th ranked recruiting class. Nothing personal, just sick and tired of the bozo's putting all our woes on Crompton, when it should be on the judgement and decesions of Fulmer and his staff.

How convenient to blame Coach Fulmer for all the problems this year. What intelligence (you don't have)!!! Fulmer left the program with athletics that any College would loved to have had. If you recall most of the ones that left...just didn't fit into Kiffen program. What a joke this has turned out to be and it's all falling in Kiffin's lap. Fans are turning tickets in by the dozens and you're blaming Fulmer for all the problems. AMazing, Simply AMazing.

amstelman writes:

Kiffin is coachin' like heck!

Kiffin_fan writes:

in response to VolVolFan:

How convenient to blame Coach Fulmer for all the problems this year. What intelligence (you don't have)!!! Fulmer left the program with athletics that any College would loved to have had. If you recall most of the ones that left...just didn't fit into Kiffen program. What a joke this has turned out to be and it's all falling in Kiffin's lap. Fans are turning tickets in by the dozens and you're blaming Fulmer for all the problems. AMazing, Simply AMazing.

LOL and your that "guy" right?? thought so ... Get off the train, your suspended....

volfan7 writes:

in response to GerryOP:

Don't guess there was any clap-clap-clapping or fatherly pats on the helmet during this session.

Fear The Kiffin ... or transfer to Chattanooga

In his final year Fulmer often reamed out the players for not giving 100% and for not executing properly in practice. It didn't make the team any better, did it? Fulmer was fired.

All coaches take this get tough approach every now and then. I will judge Kiffin at the end of the year by the number of wins he collects, not by the number of rants he exhibits during practice. Do not confuse bravado with coaching skill. Kiffin is still old five and fifteen to me.

Philfan (oops, I mean volfan7)

GhostofRobertNeyland writes:

in response to 57TexasVol:

if you knew what you we're talking about you'd know JC has a reputation of working hard in practice and off the field. He may not be the skill player needed, maybe not having three different OC's would have made a difference...but he isn't one of the five-percenters. The "Crompton-Haters" don't get it...the last QB to produce was Casey Clausen....the program's slide started in 2002. Six years ago-albeit with some smoke & mirrors i.e. sliding into SEC Championship games based on other (higher-caliber) team's losses and tie-breakers. 2009 and 2010 are rebuilding years. Instead of jumping on Crompton's back, look at the positives; off field discipline, on field discipline and focus, real player development. Currently 3rd and 4th ranked recruiting class. Nothing personal, just sick and tired of the bozo's putting all our woes on Crompton, when it should be on the judgement and decesions of Fulmer and his staff.

Post of the day!

bigOutfan writes:

dam

Kiffin_fan writes:

How fast can Delta switch back and forth to talk to himself... lmao now that is funny, i don't care who you are...

SEAL_9821 writes:

in response to TennesseeBigMan:

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Your an embarrassment to the state of Tennessee. My question to you is "What do you stand for". Get off this site and get a life.

VolFanFtl writes:

in response to compact2:

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Bigots,racists and homophobics also don't get into heaven. Grow up idiot.

acolvol#632266 writes:

in response to TennesseeBigMan:

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TennesseeBigMouth, you are the embarrassment, masquerading as both a Big man and a Vol fan. Disgusting.

Burton4Heisman writes:

in response to compact2:

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and you're not smart enough to add 1 plus 4 . . . embarrassing!

TommyJack writes:

I got no problem with what CLK said.

Kiffin_fan writes:

in response to compact2:

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What, are you crazy?? Get high off the old one, they are to stupid to do that. It would take 15 more to figure out how to get the screws off. One to hold it and 14 to to get on a University of Tennessee website and ask how....

Behr1213 writes:

in response to DeltaCharlie:

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Lane had no control over the Raiders or Al Davis, that's why he had no respect, "phooey rolls down hill". The Raiders and "Freddie Face" are the least respected club in the NFL. Your comment DC, has no merit and is comical. Keep it though, I need a good laugh.

murrayvol writes:

in response to PlaidinOrangeandWhite:

Last I heard, Chris Donald was moved to DE. He may be one of the ones that Kiffin is referring to though. He has not lived up to the 5 star billing that he came in with.

And the clock is ticking toward midnight for CD.

Behr1213 writes:

in response to TennesseeBigMan:

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Who the hell is "Kifen"? If you meant "Kiffin" (notice there are 2 f's, no E and another I right before the N,) Please explain how he is a joke, and especially the "biggest since Shula".

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