Lane Kiffin not knocking Knoxville when he says 'Knox' wasn't named for city

Layla and Lane Kiffin pose with their children. The baby, Monte Knox, was born a month after Lane started his job as head football coach at the University of Tennessee.

Photo by David Luttrell, Knoxville Magazine

Layla and Lane Kiffin pose with their children. The baby, Monte Knox, was born a month after Lane started his job as head football coach at the University of Tennessee.

With all the troubles at Southern Cal, what does ESPN ask head football coach Lane Kiffin about?

Is his son named for Knoxville.

Really.

Here's the back story.

Lane Kiffin and his wife named their son: Monte Knox Kiffin.

Knox, as he is called, was born Jan 13, 2009. Right after dad came to Knoxville to become head football coach at the University of Tennessee.

Many Vol fans assumed, and it was reported by some traditional media and sports sites at the time, that "Knox" was a tip to Knoxville.

Not so, Kiffin says today.

"He was named before I even got the job, actually. [ Layla] picked out the name because she had seen somebody else had named their kid Knox. I think it was Brad [Pitt] and Angelina [Jolie], actually. She had picked it out when we were still living in California," Kiffin told ESPN's Page 2.

And that's true. Mom, Layla said the same in 2009. But it's also true, the media savvy couple weren't unhappy Tennessee fans mistook the name Knox as short for Knoxville.

In a Knoxville Magazine piece in June 2009, Layla Kiffin said: "[Knox] is just a coincidence. I saw it in a book months before and didn't think Lane would go for the name, but he loved it. We figure we're embracing our new home." Ask Landry and Pressley their new brother's name. "It's Knoxy boy!"

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Comments » 82

jimr07 writes:

Now i can sleep tonight knowing about this.

CoverOrange writes:

We knew this already.

tennvolsman19651965 writes:

I really dont want anything "Tennessee" associated with Weasel Kiffin! I figured it was short for OBKNOXIOUS!

civilianvol_formerly_marinevol writes:

That's a relief.

TheOpinion writes:

Lane always denied it wasn't after Knoxville. I don't get how this is news or how its new. It's very old and been known for a while.

madmaxvol writes:

So...if it was in an article in the Knoxville Magazine in 2009, why is it in today's Sentinel?

Way to jump on that breaking news story. Well done.

dvols writes:

this is news.....

exactly why TN will be a non-factor for years to comes!

Flyfisherman writes:

in response to tennvolsman19651965:

I really dont want anything "Tennessee" associated with Weasel Kiffin! I figured it was short for OBKNOXIOUS!

Now that's funny! Lane is still a jerk and Layla is still hot....

Fall_Creek_Vols writes:

Who gives a fat rat's rump?

BigBadVol writes:

in response to FLVOL79:

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Man, I couldn't agree more!

tennvolsman19651965 writes:

in response to Flyfisherman:

Now that's funny! Lane is still a jerk and Layla is still hot....

Yeah, I would welcome Layla back anytime. Lol.

voloffaith writes:

in response to Flyfisherman:

Now that's funny! Lane is still a jerk and Layla is still hot....

Not funny on OBKnoxious.....son's name. He can't help it who his daddy be. So think through what is funny and not at a child's expense. I don't approve of abusive talk even if the individual is not so pleasurable to others. Anyway have a goodern.

JoeVols writes:

He must be named after the Monte Carlo. Wonder if General Motors is ticked?

tennvolsman19651965 writes:

in response to voloffaith:

Not funny on OBKnoxious.....son's name. He can't help it who his daddy be. So think through what is funny and not at a child's expense. I don't approve of abusive talk even if the individual is not so pleasurable to others. Anyway have a goodern.

Lighten up! The kids didnt name himself. And a lot young men are named after their fathers! Good grief, cant believe you think I was bashing a kid. Dont take live so seriously!

TommyJack writes:

Don't understand all this shizz. My memory is that Kiffin was asked about "Knox" about 15 nano-seconds after the kid was born. Said then it had nothing to do with knocksvul.

voloffaith writes:

in response to tennvolsman19651965:

Lighten up! The kids didnt name himself. And a lot young men are named after their fathers! Good grief, cant believe you think I was bashing a kid. Dont take live so seriously!

OK I took off my shoes and I am lighter now....bad chuckle......I didn't believe ewe were bashing the child,but rather making a funny via the child. And if was named after dad..dad's name is Lane not Knox. Again we agree to disagree on this one. Arrivaderci said the lightened up one.

flatrock writes:

Since moving to LA, I heard they'd changed his name to Smog.

tennrich1 writes:

I too am looking forward to a restful night of sleep at long last....this has haunted me for the last two years and NOW to know the truth....sweet sleep and rest....we meet again tonite...

CrankE writes:

Yawn...

Once again, a story on GVX/KNS falls into one of a few categories:

a) people who hate Tennessee (or are hated by UT)
b) people who used to be at Tennessee but are widely disliked
c) former Tennessee people coaches/players who are still bitter
d) Peyton Manning
e) anything actually having to do with UT Athletics.

And it's "A" once again folks.

Orange_Juiced writes:

in response to flatrock:

Since moving to LA, I heard they'd changed his name to Smog.

Now that ^ is funny.

How about "Hollywood?"

CrankE writes:

I thought maybe the knoxnews.com website was named after Lane's son.

tennvolsman19651965 writes:

in response to voloffaith:

OK I took off my shoes and I am lighter now....bad chuckle......I didn't believe ewe were bashing the child,but rather making a funny via the child. And if was named after dad..dad's name is Lane not Knox. Again we agree to disagree on this one. Arrivaderci said the lightened up one.

Dads name is obKNOXious!

MGVOL22 writes:

Why was this not on GVX247?

OrangePride writes:

So there is some good news after all....good to know that the Kiffins have absolutely no Knox-ville ties whatsoever....just the way we want it! Now tell me again why this is a story that ANYBODY with an IQ abouve two digits would want to know!

VOODOOley-2011 (Inactive) writes:

They did name something after Kiffin though; if you go to the front of the Tennessee Theatre on Gay Street, you'll see the words "Fire Lane" right on the pavement.

nepperso#220348 writes:

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drone#208075 writes:

Really..........

bobbarbilly writes:

I would much rather read something a bit more exciting and interesting like which former coach might be experiencing an ingrown toenail, a lost contact lense or a wild hair in their nose.

voloffaith writes:

in response to nepperso#220348:

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See ya as obscene in disguise......

sgalloway writes:

who cares?

MakinBacon writes:

Gimme a break, GVX. No one cares about this stuff.

Orangeblood13 writes:

i know DC has this article on his home box right outside Denny's. Match made in heaven

egkvol writes:

Either way, glad they get to be reminded about their time in Knoxville often.

Pompey writes:

.... Vol fans will never be rid of Kiffin, I guess we will just have to get use to it....so sad.

VOLliven2it writes:

NO ONE CARES! Please people stop reading this stuff! Enough is beyond enough!

heyitsme writes:

Wonder if Jack Lail, who is given credit for writing this article, was named after Jack "Shete"? Or for not knowing Jack "Shete"?

NovemberNed writes:

Another stupid and irrelevant article to take up space. Well done News Sentinel. In case you didn't know, Kiffin left in January of 2010.

Orange_Juiced writes:

in response to CantStandSaban:

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...same old tired and worn out demogoguery. Geesh...can't you find something else to harp on for a while? I mean at least some of the other trolls present new and interesting claptrap on occasion.

voloffaith writes:

in response to Orange_Juiced:

...same old tired and worn out demogoguery. Geesh...can't you find something else to harp on for a while? I mean at least some of the other trolls present new and interesting claptrap on occasion.

CSS = BROKEN RECORD stuck in same groove and won't ever change.....unless turn off the power.

madrigal writes:

KNS< will you PLEASE stop publishing stories about this piece of trash that UT is well rid of?! Are you THAT short on sports news that you have to drag him up just to fill space? Please just STOP!!!! Nobody wants to hear it.

PennVol writes:

Was Johnny Knoxville named after Johnny Majors?

madrigal writes:

in response to VOODOOley-2011:

They did name something after Kiffin though; if you go to the front of the Tennessee Theatre on Gay Street, you'll see the words "Fire Lane" right on the pavement.

Now THAT is funny! Thanks for the coffee-on-monitor moment!

orangeblood8456 writes:

i just feel sorry for the poor kid, and the lies he'll endure.

Orange_Juiced writes:

in response to PennVol:

Was Johnny Knoxville named after Johnny Majors?

not sure...but I think the UT Majorettes were.

Bloodrunzorange writes:

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ProwlinAndGrowlinSmokeyDog writes:

I'm so glad this was cleared because I have lost many hours of sleep wondering about this(sarcasm).

Smokey is still on the prowl for more real news...

mocsandvolsfan writes:

?

Orange_Juiced writes:

in response to PennVol:

Was Johnny Knoxville named after Johnny Majors?

...and Johnnie Jones except his folks chose to spell it differently.

crimsonviper writes:

And now for something Football related...I was told this a.m. that Brandon Willis is transferring from UNC...and he wants to be a Vol...anybody else heard this???

brod writes:

who in the he** cares

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