KNOXVILLE - The mood on the University of Tennessee campus today - the first day of spring semester classes - was glum and intensely focused on football rather than classrooms.
The Rock - covered with vulgar anti-Kiffin slogans and images Tuesday night - has been repainted today.
As of noon, the student artwork included what appears to be a homecoming float relic, an image of Kiffin affixed to cardboard. Spray-painted on it are the words, "Heil Lane," with a X through it.
Walking through the University Center, all conversations were on the abrupt coaching change.
Said Bart Weitering, a UT sophomore majoring in physics and geology: "It's pretty bad timing. In the end, it's part of the business, but it really puts us in a bind."
Added Greg Dowell, a UT sophomore in communications studies: "I'm disappointed. We were hoping Kiffin would come in and bring in a new era, but he kind of abandoned us."
More details as they develop online and in Thursday's News Sentinel.