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