No arrests during UT student protests over Kiffin departure

Students burn Lane Kiffin T-shirts outside the Tennessee football complex after the coach announced the would be leaving Jan. 12, 2010.

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Students burn Lane Kiffin T-shirts outside the Tennessee football complex after the coach announced the would be leaving Jan. 12, 2010.

Lane Kiffin leaves UT for USC

Students react to Kiffin leaving

KNOXVILLE - While students were passionate Tuesday night in expressing their displeasure over the departure of University of Tennessee football coach Lane Kiffin, they weren't destructive.

"There were no criminal arrests," UT Police Department Capt. Keith Lambert said this morning. "A couple of them were detained and could go before student judicial affairs."

Some students repeatedly set paper and T-shirts ablaze, prompting officers to detain the students, he said. Those individuals could face disciplinary action from the office of student affairs.

"A lot of people are passionate about UT athletics both football and basketball," Lambert said.

Lambert said the protests over the resignation of Kiffin to become head coach at the University of Southern California erupted at shift change, allowing UTPD to pour maximum resources onto the campus. He said about 10-15 officers handled the crowd.

"They probably had us outnumbered 50 to one," Lambert said.

No officers from other agencies were requested.

Although estimates Tuesday night placed the crowd size at nearly 1,000, Lambert this morning said about 500 students were engaged in the protests.

"The crowd was very manageable," Lambert said. "We asked them to move and they moved, so you can't say they were an unruly crowd."

Joining Kiffin at USC are his father, defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, and recruiting coordinator Ed Orgeron. A press conference announcing Kiffin's hiring is scheduled later today in Los Angeles.

More details as they develop online and in Thursday's News Sentinel

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elsinoresam writes:

Al Davis was right.

VOLSBIGGESTFAN writes:

Kiffin train headed out of town, can we get Mike Hamilton on it? To all of my brothers & sisters that bleed orange, I emplore you send e-mails and letters to the President of U.T. and demand the firing of Mike Hamilton! We will not rise back to the elite level we were once at and where we belong, until we get an A.D. that can make good decisions, and a coach that shows integrity and LOYALTY to U.T.!!! I hear former VOL Bill Duff is available!!!!!!!!!!!

RockyToptoNeyland writes:

in response to elsinoresam:

Al Davis was right.

dude I was just about to say that, it takes courage to say something like that.

tlb78 writes:

dark day for tennessee. how many years does this set us back? 5? 10? already seeing 4 de-commits and the rest likely to follow.

poor tyler bray. family relocated, and for what?

flashbone writes:

al davis was right
dear lane kiffin, we gave u a chance when u didnt deserve it. we defended u when u were wrong. this is how u repay us? what ever happened to loyalty and gratitude? enjoy your ncaa sanctions. karma is coming and shes a fickle bit$%

Souther writes:

Free torches and pitchforks, plus free delivery. Call Souther now!

volunteer_cowboy writes:

ESPN just reported that Will Muschamp is the #1 target. Just said it on sports center.

kazoo writes:

We can only hope that Kiffin falls on his face at usc, which I think is a possibility. His timing is not good--the program could be facing sanctions, plus he's following a guy who had huge success. It's doubtful that Kiffin will be as successful--and we can only hope that he gets his butt kicked by ucla, oregon and others and gets fired within four/five years. That said, we all know that the Pac 10 is loads easier than the SEC. It's too bad that Kiffin turned out to be an even bigger brat than I thought and didn't have the stomach to show his stuff in the SEC.

utvolsrock writes:

in response to volunteer_cowboy:

ESPN just reported that Will Muschamp is the #1 target. Just said it on sports center.

espn.com reports "Tennessee will now make a run at Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp to be the Vols' next coach, a source close to the situation told ESPN.com's Chris Low late Tuesday. Texas has said that Muschamp will succeed Mack Brown as Longhorns head coach, but no timetable has been set for that transition. The source says that Muschamp is Tennessee's No. 1 target."

everybodyhateskiff writes:

I hope we get muschamp cause if we don't we're screwed. Who else is there to get?

rickytopvol writes:

Told ya so. Glad to see him go. Will the Lane lovers now admit he wasn't the sharpest crayon in the box. Simply not a very good coach at all.
I just hate that this is going to kill our recruiting class. Hopefully we can hold on to a few players. Good job Mike, this hire has put us back at least three years. You can keep my tickets and I'll keep my donation.

tfoxi writes:

I am telling you right now that Will Muschamp is the man for this job.

Noiseboy writes:

So Kiffin did the unthinkable. He made Al Davis seem sane. That's hard to fathom. What's even more difficult to believe is that Hamilton gave this slimebag a contract which let him and his whole staff walk with an $800K fine. Hamilton is done hiring coaches at UT. He closed his eyes and swung at the first pitch and landed Pearl. Now, he thinks he can hit a Grand Slam every time. He's history. Haslam and Co. will be in his office Wednesday before he's found his parking place. See ya, Mikey..

798orange writes:

in response to elsinoresam:

Al Davis was right.

Right after the fact, he hired the guy too. USC made a hasty decision, just like Hamilton. If I were their fans I would be very leery.

dburgvet writes:

Lane take the money and run. One thing is for sure boy. No matter how nuch money you make you cant buy class, but you could buy your dad some hair and maybe Ogeron some grammar lessons. As the old saying goes put your heart in Tennessee or get your but out!

CapStormfield_1 (Inactive) writes:

Kiffin broke an unwritten rule in college sports. You don't leave the kids hanging when you're only 1 year into the program.

I know SoCal is desperate, but they knew as well. You don't treat the kids that way. Yes, SoCal is a legendary college football school. But not tonight.

BTW, I live in K-town, but I'm a UK guy.

If UK had tried to hire Pearl after one season here at UT - I would have turned in my blue sweater.

bullit writes:

I hope those students grab him before he gets out of town and they beat Hamilton with him. They can both go to USC for all I care.

Souther writes:

Stiffin' Kiffin will now become ESPN's little darling boy, to be sure.

798orange writes:

in response to tfoxi:

I am telling you right now that Will Muschamp is the man for this job.

He seems to be a terrific coach, but the thing to keep in my mind is that he is a Georgia alum and if Richt does not produce better results, he would probably be first in line for their job.

corrinebrown writes:

in response to Souther:

Free torches and pitchforks, plus free delivery. Call Souther now!

Call Tyler for a gun that can't be traced

rickytopvol writes:

in response to volunteer_cowboy:

ESPN just reported that Will Muschamp is the #1 target. Just said it on sports center.

Mike will probably hire him, so he can coach us for a year or two and then leave when Brown retires.

djohnnyg writes:

SPURRIER!!!

volaholic45 writes:

Too bad the students didn't get hold of the punk. He deserves to have to pack and get the hell out of town as fast as possible.

volfan2010dot1 writes:

I apologize for being so late to the effigy-burning process, but I was down in Title-Town trying to will the Gators over the Cats.

You guys didn't want to believe DC and me when we told you that Kiffin was NOT what you thought he was. You can see it in his eyes, he is an evil guy, and he took you Vols for an ugly ride.

He wasn't going to be successful in Vol-Land and he will fail in Disneyland too.

Respects to W_D who put so much on the line for lil-Lane. And he broke your bones.

Noiseboy writes:

Let AD Hamilton know how pleased you are with the Kiffin hire: utad@tennessee.edu
or: mhamilton@tennessee.edu

TXVol76 writes:

This is what we get when we hire an "outside" mercenary coaching Staff with no loyaly to our school! When it's all about $$$$'s and Ego's someone's always going to "one up" you. Now we begin the same $aga that Texas, Alabama, Ohio State, Georgia went through for 25 years all for the sake of a quick fix and instant success!

livinginknoxnow writes:

Riot at UT after Lane Kiffin news

They burned a mattress in effigy.

Twice.

And then some orange T-shirts.

A crowd of several hundred University of Tennessee students and fans spontaneously gathered Tuesday night to cheer, jeer and boo the news that head football coach Lane Kiffin had accepted a new coaching job with the University of Southern California after only one season leading the Vols.

"We want him to feel our emotion," said sophomore Gavin Hendryx. "You don't do that to UT fans."

Well, no one does it except Lane.

Dobervol writes:

Did Witch_Doctor admit that this time, the bones lied?

fang68 writes:

They burned a MATTRESS in effigy?? Really??? Now that is the oddest thing I have ever read...Hayes, just a thought--if you're not sure what a word actually means, look it up before you use it in an article. Now, if they had some sort of problem with their matresses, and created crude facsimiles to burn, then I apologize, and would like like to see a follow up piece on this truly fascinating(and bizarre,)bit of behavior.

us43137415#376444 writes:

Dudes, chill..

We can bounce back from this. Believe it or not, Kiffin & Co. left us in better shape than we were in, before he arrived..
He turned Crompton around, his play-calling almost beat Florida, and gave Alabama the scare of their lives.

We will beat them next year. We will.
And I'm not being optimistic.
We will.

He was already leaving on December 31st, that's why Va Tech beat us. Kiffin & Co. were already gone.
We don't need him and his little-boy attitude anymore.

I like the way he walked off the stage after his "news conference," when the reporter asked him "out of respect for the UT fans, what do you tell them?" Kiffin had nothing to say.. the sorry, spoiled brat just walked off.. didn't say a word. He never respected the UT Fans..that's why he NEVER wore big orange.. blamed it on his wife.. said, she didn't ever think he looked good in orange, so she dressed him in white golf shirts with a small T on the pocket. It's a fact..look at all the pictures of him. There's a reason he never wore orange. He was never orange.

Let's pray the NCAA drops the bomb on USC. Smack those scholarships. The Oregons, the Washington's, the Arizona States can still beat USC.

And they will.

DannyVol writes:

Desperate hire turned predictable debacle. If you did not see the black cloud hanging over Neyland Stadium while Kiffin was there, you were either naive or simply fooling yourselves. I am very happy the clown is gone. He would have brought nothing but disgrace to a program which deserves nothing but the best. With all the mercenary coaches in the SEC, I never thought UT would stoop to hire such a character, but they actually found one who was worse. That's not UT - we are better than that. Personally, I think the search should be extended to finding a new athletics director as well.

deakinbi writes:

in response to DukeDeLuca:

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Nice work Tony B, right on the money. We are the poster child tonight for the troubles with College Athletics. Lane did what was good for him...and essentially said "tough luck" to the players, the University, to the recruits, and exposed Mike Hamilton. And Mike you did it to yourself (and UT President should be feeling some shame for allowing such silliness).

I hear Mike Garrett at USC is looking for managers for the football program next fall, perfect for our AD...

IBleedOrange444 writes:

in response to volunteer_cowboy:

ESPN just reported that Will Muschamp is the #1 target. Just said it on sports center.

Good. He was #1 on my list last year.

Can't believe that low life son of a b_tch walked out on us 3 weeks before signing day after just 1 year! What a coward.

TommyJack writes:

in response to tfoxi:

I am telling you right now that Will Muschamp is the man for this job.

Why? You like it because he wears his hat bass-ackwards? You like it because he does cool chest bumps? Where's the H/C experience? Wise up.

tngivem6 writes:

in response to us43137415#376444:

Dudes, chill..

We can bounce back from this. Believe it or not, Kiffin & Co. left us in better shape than we were in, before he arrived..
He turned Crompton around, his play-calling almost beat Florida, and gave Alabama the scare of their lives.

We will beat them next year. We will.
And I'm not being optimistic.
We will.

He was already leaving on December 31st, that's why Va Tech beat us. Kiffin & Co. were already gone.
We don't need him and his little-boy attitude anymore.

I like the way he walked off the stage after his "news conference," when the reporter asked him "out of respect for the UT fans, what do you tell them?" Kiffin had nothing to say.. the sorry, spoiled brat just walked off.. didn't say a word. He never respected the UT Fans..that's why he NEVER wore big orange.. blamed it on his wife.. said, she didn't ever think he looked good in orange, so she dressed him in white golf shirts with a small T on the pocket. It's a fact..look at all the pictures of him. There's a reason he never wore orange. He was never orange.

Let's pray the NCAA drops the bomb on USC. Smack those scholarships. The Oregons, the Washington's, the Arizona States can still beat USC.

And they will.

..that's why he NEVER wore big orange.

I noticed the same thing..never wore orange. I knew he was truly in it. Plus he mumbled too much on his tv show..
NCAA need to lay the hammer down on USC..
You know what they say about payback.

IBleedOrange444 writes:

in response to TommyJack:

Why? You like it because he wears his hat bass-ackwards? You like it because he does cool chest bumps? Where's the H/C experience? Wise up.

Who would be your 1st choice if you had the task TJ?

pune91 writes:

Goodbye to you Laney pooh! I ask one thing. Have you finished anything in your life? What a quitter! What a sad day in college football! Barnhart said it right! However, we are UT and we will go forward and Laney, you will be nothing but a pee stain in my under drawers when its all said and done. Good luck to you sir, but I will smile to myself the day you fall! You used the university and all of the big orange nation who were behind you. Hope you sleep well at night. Are you going to change your son's name now too? Trojan is my suggestion! GBO!

P.S. Did you defriend me on facebook too? Im hurt!

Noiseboy writes:

T.J. glad to see you're in the game tonight. Excellent questions posed. My thinking is at this late stage of the recruiting calendar, we can't just hire a coach, UT needs to hire a STAFF. Raid a successful program of it's entire coaching staff. I'm looking at Boise, TCU, Utah or even Cutcliff's Duke staff. One head coaching hire will not stop the bleeding. What do you guys think?

JohnsonCity_George writes:

in response to kazoo:

We can only hope that Kiffin falls on his face at usc, which I think is a possibility. His timing is not good--the program could be facing sanctions, plus he's following a guy who had huge success. It's doubtful that Kiffin will be as successful--and we can only hope that he gets his butt kicked by ucla, oregon and others and gets fired within four/five years. That said, we all know that the Pac 10 is loads easier than the SEC. It's too bad that Kiffin turned out to be an even bigger brat than I thought and didn't have the stomach to show his stuff in the SEC.

Can we stop talking about the Kiffins. Lets move on . What they do depends on the three staying together. We will see them retire, take other jobs and get fired. We need to worry about UT not USC. Let's let them go.

So, starting now, lets get behind the guys we have and build on what good. And we do have some good ones.

ps11824 writes:

Boy, am I mad, sad and disappointed...

LiveFaith writes:

in response to corrinebrown:

Call Tyler for a gun that can't be traced

Smith or Bray? :-\

Volborn writes:

in response to rickytopvol:

Mike will probably hire him, so he can coach us for a year or two and then leave when Brown retires.

or when richt gets fired!

HowBoutThemVols writes:

Don't hire Muschamp! He's a Georgia guy who is just working temporarily at Texas. As soon as Richt trips up, Muschamp will bail to Georgia - and take recruits with him, a la Lane Kiffin.

We better hire someone who has at least some passing interest in the University of Tennessee and some respect for the UT fans and the people of Tennessee or this will just happen again.

The biggest short term damage is the certain meltdown of the recruiting class. This class was assembled on efforts funded by the UT Athletic Department and therefore UT should benefit from that expenditure. We should have some recourse for damages to the program due to losses in recruiting. Sounds like we should add this clause into any future contract for a new coach during his first two or three years.

Lizzie writes:

in response to HowBoutThemVols:

Don't hire Muschamp! He's a Georgia guy who is just working temporarily at Texas. As soon as Richt trips up, Muschamp will bail to Georgia - and take recruits with him, a la Lane Kiffin.

We better hire someone who has at least some passing interest in the University of Tennessee and some respect for the UT fans and the people of Tennessee or this will just happen again.

The biggest short term damage is the certain meltdown of the recruiting class. This class was assembled on efforts funded by the UT Athletic Department and therefore UT should benefit from that expenditure. We should have some recourse for damages to the program due to losses in recruiting. Sounds like we should add this clause into any future contract for a new coach during his first two or three years.

Those were all great points, some of the best I've read here.

As to who to get, I don't know the names of any coaches & who coached here, or who coached there. That's Hamilton's job.

I just love UT, which is more than I can say for Kiffin.

Kiffin is a punk who needs to grow up.

He is no better than the athletes who were recently arrested, IMO.

Kiffin is a wealthy, punk kid, with poor judgement, who thinks only of himself, has no respect for the chance he was given to be associated with UT Athletics.

We could pull 95% of the comments written about the four basketball players that were arrested, and they would appropriately describe Kiffin.

At least there's a chance they may be more mature by his age. Let's hope so.

It's a shame his father didn't raise him better.

His father comes across as a man with class; but he apparently wasn't around enough when Lane was growing up to pass it on.

The lack of respect shown to the winning coach (told you I don't know names) after the Chik-Fil-A Bowl was a huge sign, as if there hadn't been enough already.

I betcha Va Tech's coach wasn't in the least surprised...

wonderosa writes:

Mike Leach!

gwills228#231210 writes:

I PUT THIS AT THE FEET OF MIKE HAMILTON! HE KNEW WHEN HE INTERVIEWED KIFFIN THAT USC WAS HIS DREAM JOB,AND THAT HIS FAMILY LOVES SOUTHERN CA.HE SHOULD HAVE ASKED HIM HIM IF THE JOB CAME OPEN WOULD HE TAKE IT IF OFFERED! AL DAVIS WAS RIGHT,HE TOLD US THAT KIFFIN WOULD BITE US IN THE BUTT! THIS COULD NOT HAVE COME AT A WORSE TIME,BUT MORE THAN THAT, I HATE IT FOR THE PLAYERS. THEY WERE THE ONE'S THAT WERE REALLY GOT SCREWED,WE TELL THESE YOUNG MEN TO COME TO TENNESSEE AND BE GOOD CITIZENS,TO HAVE HIGH MORALS AND ETHICS,AND THEN THERE COACH UP AND LEAVES IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT!IF ANYTHING,THIS JUST REINFORCES HOW MUCH COLLEGE FOOTBAL HAS BECOME LIKE PRO BALL,A BUSINESS! BEAR BYRANT MUST BE ROLLING OVER IN HIS GRAVE.TO LANE KIFFIN,I ALWAYS THOUGHT YOUR PLAY-CALLING WAS AT TIMES STUPID!P.S DON'T LET THE DOOR HIT YOU IN THE ..... ON YOUR WAY OUT!

Kasey writes:

In one light I am enjoying this because I have told you fellow posters all year Kiffin was a weasel, and was the wrong guy for UT. I'm not from here so I am not a big UT fan, but I hate to see any University USED the way Kiffin USED UT. The University deserves better than Kiffin and Mike Hamilton.

JPZiller writes:

Kiffin was fitting in to the UT scheme of things about as well as Kevin O'Neill did. The question that hangs out there is why Hamilton allowed USC to interview Kiffin at this late date and for how long did Hamilton know that Kiffin was leaving without letting any of the players or signees know.

tlallman writes:

Fire Hamilton, and hire Phil Fulmer as athletic director. Hire Cutcliff as coach.

SonThe7th (Inactive) writes:

Thought the VOL fans wanted a 'change'?
Wheres all these 'goody two shoes' yelling 'thugs'.. They certainly wanted Kiffin to go, now hes going, they want to whine.. Its hard to have a worldchampionship program without the elite athletes, and unfortunately, most elite athletes come from less than desireable backrounds.. When they get in trouble, as 20 somethin year olds do, and the public goes on a rant, wanting 'choir' boys, and call the coach the head 'thug', what do you expect?

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