Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt said she was not surprised but was disappointed in learning that Lane Kiffin had resigned as football coach at Tennessee after one season to accept the top job at Southern California.
"You only want people who want to be here," Summitt said Wednesday. "I understand the ties (to USC) but why move your whole family here and leave?"
"Even though he was here just over a year," Summitt said that she got to know Kiffin and said that she would trade text messages with him after games.
"(Athletic director) Mike Hamilton had to be thinking we had a great football coach," added Summitt. "I'm disappointed. With that (Southern Cal) job being open I'm not surprised but I am disappointed."
Speaking to the reaction to Kiffin's departure, she said, "One thing about him, he has thick skin. If this is what he wanted to do, this is what he's going to do."
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