Lexus dealership: Kiffin had car accident

KNOXVILLE - Former University of Tennessee football coach Lane Kiffin ran his car off the road last year, but police and UT officials say they have no records to back up claims made about that wreck by various Web sites.

The wreck happened in August as Kiffin drove home from fall camp, UT spokeswoman Tiffany Carpenter said Tuesday. She said she didn’t have an exact date.

“He’d been staying in the office for 11 nights and was going home to see his family,” she said. “He slid off the road.”

Kiffin, who resigned last Tuesday after one season at UT to become coach at Southern California, told Volquest.com in August that he fell asleep behind the wheel “after the 10th or 11th day of camp.”

“I was driving home and was about a half mile from home, nodded off and slipped off the side of the road into the ditch,” he told the Web site. “So they joke around here that I am not allowed to drive anymore.”

Lexus of Knoxville released a statement Tuesday saying Kiffin had wrecked a car the dealership loaned to UT. The dealership didn’t return calls for more details.

“For the past 15 years, Lexus of Knoxville has been a proud sponsor of the Tennessee Fund and the coach’s vehicle program at the University of Tennessee for the men’s and women’s athletic programs,” the statement reads. “Former University of Tennessee head football coach Lane Kiffin was involved in a single car accident in one of our vehicles. The proper authorities were contacted and the vehicle was towed to our location. Coach Kiffin’s insurance was contacted and promptly paid the claim.

“We have no knowledge of any of the alleged facts surrounding the accident being reported on the Internet. Any further questions should be forwarded to Lane Kiffin at the University of Southern California.”

Carpenter, the UT spokeswoman, said that statement refers to the August wreck, which happened near Kiffin’s home on Tooles Bend Road. The university did no internal investigation of the wreck, she said.

“There was no reason for discipline to our knowledge,” Carpenter said.

Knoxville police, the Knox County Sheriff’s Office and the Tennessee Highway Patrol said they have no record of a wreck reported by Lane Kiffin in 2009.

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Mule_Days_King writes:

So what. Another story about The Punk that we could care less about. Doesn't matter in the grand scheme of things. Move on and let's concentrate on the new staff and the new era.

Shanahan writes:

first

Ironcity writes:

Who Cares

Joevolsxtra writes:

Too bad for the Lexus. I hope the car was OK and makes a full recovery. X on the other hand...

morristownvolsfan writes:

stands to reason he cant drive a football program so why would he be able to drive a car. no just kidding but seriouly i hope they lose every game and ruin USCs football legacy.

RoyaltyVol writes:

More old news! Great to see Lexus of Knoxville so forthcoming some 5 months later

All_Vol writes:

More of this story to come. Sounds pretty juicy.

RoadTrip writes:

With all the real news that is going on over on the Hill - this is one thing that did not need reported. Nobody cares what the Liar did. Come on KNS - quit letting sports news outlets in other cities scoop you.

orangepaws writes:

definitely more to come later...I hope it doesn't somehow damage the athletic program any further (national perception)

p3t3rpan writes:

But why no police record .. did KCSO/KPD cut him some slack that others would not have received? Just askin...

metalhead223 writes:

Hell I will never coach football. but would like a redneck vehicle program from Lexus of Knoxville.
Hey LoK you got one? And of course can I bring it in covered in mud to get serviced? Yeah didn't think so.

C r a p just thought of this, Kiffin in a Lexus?
Figured a high end Toyota would be beneath ol' coach.

metalhead223 writes:

Too bad he didn't wrap it around an Oak tree, that would have left a mark. Hamilton you know all this sh*t or are you just gonna let the bleeding continue?

westknoxvol24 writes:

google lane kiffin car wreck and see what you get.....

BigOrangeInCarolina writes:

If the dealership said all the proper authorities were notified, why doesn't KPD, KCSO, or THP have any record? I smell a rat.

Joevolsxtra writes:

http://ncaafootball.fanhouse.com/2010... number 8 will be even funnier tomorrow!

notoriousBIGorange writes:

The real reason that this is a story is because tabloids like TMZ have been in Knoxville digging up dirt on CLK. It appears that Kiffin may be looking at a Tiger Woods like scandal involving a few UT co-eds.
It has been speculated that CLK had been drinking and had a "passenger" in the car with him at the time of the wreck. He fled the scene without reporting it to police, which is why there was no police record of a wreck. This could get ugly for Kiffin

PoochPuntOn3rdDown writes:

Probably was adjusting his Teebows....

Glad he survived, wish him the best of luck, hoping this is the last personal interest story I have to read about this man on GVX...

billwall writes:

I think we should cut him some slack here. These coaches have no family life for about 8-9 months of the year. I think it is sad that he did not go home for 10-11 nights. To me, it is not worth the money that they receive to give up their family. I am thankful he was not hurt badly. I can only imagine how tired these coaches get.

vol94 writes:

An update on Steele coming to UT below.

Here we go again, poor journalism at its best. No deal in place for Steele to UT and Clemson offering to redo his contract. Folks at Clemson feel Steele will stay at Clemson.
I hope he comes to UT but doubt it according to what I read and heard on radio just now.
VolQuest jumped the gun on this and has removed the article from its site.

BradleyJKinkaid writes:

The one thing that kiffin likes AND seems to bring him benefit (in some sort of backward way) is any sort of publicity.

The best thing we could do as a fan base is not respond to the articles that are posted about him. That way the papers and outlets would see no more reason to write the articles which he seems to benefit from.

No response to those articles = less kiffin articles.
IMHO.

metalhead223 writes:

who cares? He's gone. Gladly, he's gone. Hope to be there when the big orange nation meets his dumbarse in a game. I don't care that he was out with coeds, or a 20 dollar ho. I only care about the shape of OUR football team and the new recruits. Screw Lane, Monty, Ed. Chapter closed, gone, quit beating a dead horse.
Let's move on, we got a new season and Spring coming on QUICK! USC, ahh it's PAC 10 or as I like to call it LACK 10. Time to focus on us! UT! Screw him and Monty.

AtLeastMyTeamHasPerfectSeasons writes:

Did they cover up this story for months because guns, pot and bball players were with him? You know, because he has "street cred".

516milesfromUT writes:

Forget Kiffin already.
Ut deserves better.
Car accident,who cares now.
Kiffins gone KNS.

Kiffin news should be on a USC site.
If you want, maybe they will hire you.
Forget this Kiffin phooey already.
Forget the past, let it go.
In case you didn't notice, Dooley Coaches here.
Next time i wont even look at a Kiffin "Story".
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AtLeastMyTeamHasPerfectSeasons writes:

Hey 516.....keep those coming!

PoochPuntOn3rdDown writes:

in response to BradleyJKinkaid:

The one thing that kiffin likes AND seems to bring him benefit (in some sort of backward way) is any sort of publicity.

The best thing we could do as a fan base is not respond to the articles that are posted about him. That way the papers and outlets would see no more reason to write the articles which he seems to benefit from.

No response to those articles = less kiffin articles.
IMHO.

Welcome to the Blogosphere...

roloyo writes:

Any fatalities?????

steelerfan writes:

why can't coaches drive a cheaper car?they get paid to much as it is.you can't afford to go to a game.tickets are to high.good luck lane at usc

ncvol17 writes:

what next, he doesn't recycle. let's get over him and focus on the future of the grand old program...send the Big Orange caravan to Eastern NC !!! We have a big fan base between the mtns and the coast...

VolQB writes:

Layla was chasing him with a 1-iron.

AtLeastMyTeamHasPerfectSeasons writes:

And you don't think these immature coaches at USuCk will do anything improper before the 1st game? Trojans 1st game is at Hawai'i.

jcherrie#219531 (Inactive) writes:

KNS just reported that President Kennedy was Shot!!!!

jasonsvols writes:

in response to p3t3rpan:

But why no police record .. did KCSO/KPD cut him some slack that others would not have received? Just askin...

because he was partying with co-eds, and was drunk.

gillblog writes:

in response to Mule_Days_King:

So what. Another story about The Punk that we could care less about. Doesn't matter in the grand scheme of things. Move on and let's concentrate on the new staff and the new era.

We could NOT care less..... if we COULD care less, it means we do have some care left and heaven knows, we do not.

txsvol#372416 writes:

Come on, folks! We don't need to smear CLK. The women he was 'partying' with were his wife, Layla, and his brother-in-law's wife, along with Coach Mike Tomlin of the Steelers. I fully expect to hear of all sorts of rumors now that he is gone. But the most telling character defect to me is that Monte showed us the kind of example he showed to the kid he raised by pocketing the bonus money for remaining beyond a late December trigger-point, and leaving within a week or so. (What was the amount, guys, $1 mil or so, and the date, December 28?) My sister (a UT grad) lives in the Tampa area, and she had only good things to say about Monte's tenure there. So, he's a good coach who raised a punk! The apple didn't fall too far from the tree! Honor, schmonor! SAVol

gillblog writes:

I believe it's more likely his ego ran out in front of him. He naturally was drawn to it and so drove the car into the ditch, where his ego remains.

Hard_Working_Vol writes:

I heard about Kiffin's "DUI" months ago. Suprised it took so long to come out!

cumberlandVOL writes:

actually, KNS, please no more "details as they develop online and in Wednesday's News Sentinel" i'm tired of hearing about this clown. he's someone else's problem now.

PoochPuntOn3rdDown writes:

in response to DC_10point0:

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Harvey Levin is the best in the world at diggin' up garbage. If Lame was guilty, then let him be accountable and let his trophy wife learn what we all truly know about this man. For once, I'll say thanks DC...

GerryOP writes:

in response to DC_10point0:

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Really should verfy your trash before you dump it here. Although there are a lot of stories floating around about the punk, this one was dismissed 3 days ago. Please try to keep up.

You see that blond in the pic? Her name is Layla Kiffin. Sooooo, if that part of the article is rubbish, what are the odds the rest of it is too? The gospel according to bleacherreport. LOL!

BTW, I really hope TMZ digs up some good dirt. Like to see that punk suffer a bit. I hear that Layla has already Tweeted Elin asking is she can borrow the 3-iron!

Keep stirrin' that pot lil' DCgataboy!

Hard_Working_Vol writes:

in response to Hard_Working_Vol:

I heard about Kiffin's "DUI" months ago. Suprised it took so long to come out!

sorry, surprised

Ringside writes:

I thought this was recent. Damn

burpee_von_rotweiler_IV writes:

Felony warrant. Extradite back to Tennessee. Face Tennessee judge/jury. Serve time in Tennessee jail. Oh yeah, baby!

Vol737 writes:

in response to All_Vol:

More of this story to come. Sounds pretty juicy.

I've heard a different version of this circulating around town and that others were involved. I have no facts, that's just the version I've heard.

jhayes0926#638474 writes:

Please, no more Kittin stories unless it involves USC probation. (to KNS staff)

ornglovinyankealum writes:

Are these guys hurting for news? Forget about that lying sob who went to that school out west. Let's get on with Coach Dooley and his program.

p3t3rpan writes:

in response to no_excuses2:

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Maybe the Dept of Safety should suspend his license real quick so he will have to take a full written and driving test in CA .. instead of just transferring his TN license to CA.

LILwaynesrockyTOP writes:

You may want to participate in this poll in the LA Times:

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/sport...

mandel writes:

I'm guessing he couldn't see because his head was in a dark place. Treacherous , honorless , gutless.

GerryOP writes:

in response to DC_10point0:

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Slice, dice, spin and ignore the facts. LOL!

Pay close attention now ... I'll go real slow. You ready?

Yes lil' fellar, I read the article. Actually saw it two days ago. (You're 'net been down or has your mom been tying up the 'phone again?) YOU provided a "report" (beacherreport ... LOL) and I simply pointed out that the 1st part of the report is rubbish and this means the odds of the rest of the report (bleacherreport ... LOL) being rubbish are pretty good. You got it now?

As far as the punk, don't even suggest I'm defending him. That accusation is even below your standards, which are already pretty low.

But, I do get a kick out of pointing out the lack of substance in your babble! Yah, I know, "you got board cred!" Woof, woof! LOL!

At my own peril??? Woooooo, woooooo! A cyber tough guy! LOL!

(Are you this sensitive anytime anybody points out your mistakes? BTW, props to you for making a complete post without making a reference to your Gatas! There is hope for you!)

Keep stirring the pot lil' DCgataboy!

ethanfrome writes:

Al Davis was right. No matter how bad this transition is, thank God we are done with him.

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