KNOXVILLE — Here is a quick look this morning at the reaction to the surprise announcement that Lane Kiffin has left the University of Tennessee to return to the University of Southern California.
The news caught most sports analysts and writers and bloggers by surprise. And if you hear them say otherwse, they're revisionist liars.
The implications of this lurch for the Tennessee program, near mid-January, are so huge, sports writers and bloggers are still sorting it out. But the short answer is: Not good. National football recruit signing day is just a few weeks away.
Wiedmer: So long, Lane, we hardly knew you: We should have seen this coming on Monday. Right about the time then-Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin said "no comment" about the Southern Cal job. A man wrapping up his first year as head coach at a tradition-rich school paying him $2 million a season shouldn't say "no comment" about any other college job. Mostly because he shouldn't be in line for one after a 7-6 season that ended in a 23-point bowl loss.
Climer: Lane Kiffin leaves Vols in coaching lurch: Just kidding, Vol Nation. You’ve already been through enough. If you play with fire, you’re going to get burned. And Lane Kiffin’s abrupt departure has left the University of Tennessee football program ablaze.
Lane Kiffin's gone, and the Big Orange is mournin' | Mark Bradley: So how do you feel now, Vol fans? Your brash young coach is no longer your coach at all. The guy you defended whenever he committed one of his secondary violations, which was hourly; the guy you believed would recruit his way to the top of the SEC 26 well, he's in the wind, and you're up the creek.
Where does Tennessee go from here? | Mr. College Football Tony Barnhart: After 30 years in the business, not a lot surprises me any more. Lane Kiffin's bolt for USC just three weeks away from National Signing Day surprises me. It also makes me sad. This is not a good night for college football. Some quick thoughts:
The Recruiting Fix: Making sense of it all - VolNation Blog: So far we have lost Delvin Jones, Michael Taylor, and Brandon Willis from our commit list. I am sure there will be more names. As far as who is staying, right now it appears that most of our early enrollees will remain enrolled but that will become more clear when we see who shows up for class on Wednesday.
Not sure what to say yet... | Gate 21: Yesterday evening as I was reading about Pete Carroll's departure from USC, I thought to myself, "gee, I hope they don't come after Kiffin." I dismissed this, however, due to the fact that it just didn't make sense to me that something like that would happen.
More thoughts on Lane Kiffin's abandonment of Tennessee: deep breath, y'all - Rocky Top Talk: As the torches cool this morning, it's probably a good time for all of Vol nation to take a deep breath and a fresh look at things in the light of day.
Lane Kiffin Is Scum - Alligator Army: As a college football fan, especially the SEC, Lane Kiffin is scum. Coaches changing posts is dirty but acceptable. What Kiffin is doing, leaving in the middle of the night and taking Daddy and his big bully, is the lowest of low.
USC Names Lane Kiffin Head Coach -- NCAAFB FanHouse: After days of speculation about who would be the new USC coach, athletic director Mike Garrett has pulled out the surprise candidate to beat all.
And Pete Carroll's successor at USC is ... | Dallas Morning News: Lane Kiffin. Lane Kiffin? Lane Kiffin! Still trying to get my head wrapped around this and the chaos his job switching created.
Muschamp at the top of Vols' list - Chris Low g - ESPN: Tennessee's top target to replace Lane Kiffin as head coach is Texas defensive coordinator and head coach-in-waiting Will Muschamp, according to several people close to the situation.
Lane Kiffin flees Tennessee, goes Hollywood - CFB News - FOX Sports: Though some in Hollywood would likely insist "Gladiator", "Young Einstein" or "A Beautiful Mind" work just fine, perhaps the most appropriate title for the Lane Kiffin-to-USC saga is one that serves as a tribute to Pauly Shore's fine film career, as well: "The Weasel."
Lane Kiffin departure sparks emotions among Tennessee Volunteers - ESPN: Telling his players that he was leaving for the USC head coaching job after only 14 months at Tennessee was dicey enough for Lane Kiffin. Several players who were in that emotionally charged meeting said Kiffin was interrupted several times by players yelling out before he could actually tell them that he was indeed moving on.
Kiffin lovefest ends abruptly on Rocky Top - Chris Low - ESPN: My initial thought is that Kiffin must have a pretty good agent. He now has one of the top three jobs in college football and has yet to celebrate his 35th birthday or win more than seven games in a season as a head coach.
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