USC coach Lane Kiffin gives up vote in USA Today poll

LOS ANGELES — Lane Kiffin is one and done.

Four days after USA Today revealed his confidential vote in the coaches’ poll because the newspaper said he volunteered false or misleading information about his vote in public, USC’s coach relinquished his participation as a voter, he confirmed Monday.

“I apologize if somehow anybody thought I was misleading them,” Kiffin said after practice. “I had no intent of misleading anybody.”

USA Today reported Kiffin’s decision to relinquish his vote after USC informed the news outlet Sunday.

Kiffin’s problems began last week when he responded to a reporter who informed him that Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez had voted the Trojans No. 1. “I would not vote USC No. 1,” Kiffin said. “I can tell you that.”

Kiffin, though, had voted USC No. 1. USA Today revealed his vote, it said, to “protect the poll’s integrity.”

Kiffin has said that because USC has only 75 scholarship players — 10 below the allowable limit — his comment was directed toward other coaches or media members who vote in polls.

“I was simply answering the question … in reference to if I was that person,” Kiffin said. “And so I apologize if somebody took that the wrong way.”

Former USC coach Pete Carroll never voted in the coaches’ poll.

Kiffin, a first-time poll voter, said that if he had to do it again, he would not have participated.

“I didn’t think about it enough,” he said. “I just don’t think I can do it really well and know the whole entire country and who they are when I’m flying back on a plane trip and have to turn a vote in at 7 in the morning.”

But what if the Trojans fall one vote shy of finishing in the top two of the poll, which is part of the formula for determining participants in the Bowl Championship Series title game?

“If we’re one point behind No. 2, we had a good season,” he said. “So from what I know, it’s never come down to one vote.”

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Velo_Vol writes:

This just in: the coaches’ poll is dumb.

TheVolSnake writes:

Kiffen lied again what a Surprise, after he was caught made a lame excuse

BigBadVol writes:

Would anyone expect anything less from Kiffin? At TN the media hated him, at USC the media loves him. While at the same time, he is still a snake in the grass. I wouldn't believe one word he said.

drone#208075 writes:

Kiffin - false or misleading information. How is it possible those 5 words are in the same sentence? And the gall to also use the word volunteered in association with that POS.

devilsadvocate writes:

Meh, I'm pretty sure I leave more integrity in the toilet bowl than this guy could ever muster. I doubt history will be kind to his reputation, regardless of the school.

keepitreal4vols writes:

Any press is good press?

Galaxie500XL writes:

I'd have been more impressed if the headline had read:

"USC Coach Lane Kiffin Gives Up Coaching"

But I guess that would be too much to hope for...

gc_scvol writes:

Surprise, Surprise, Surprise Lane Lied and had to make another "LANE" excuse to try and wiggle out of it.

samjrr writes:

If Lane Kiffin farts please keep up to date on it(and I know you will}.......Thanks

crappieking writes:

Love him or hate him, if he was still our coach, we would be competing for a National Championship this year, like USC will be. Not picked to finish three slot from the BOTTOM of the East, like we are under Dooley.

kevin151 writes:

Move on already KNS

OldNumber7 writes:

Let me get this straight...to protect the integrity, they published a confidential vote? Good lord! Sounds like Washington DC logic!

murrayvol writes:

Kiffin was born to lie. That will never change.

He is, however, a very good coach.

And in closing, the coaches poll has never had any integrity so what's to protect?

Galaxie500XL writes:

in response to crappieking:

Love him or hate him, if he was still our coach, we would be competing for a National Championship this year, like USC will be. Not picked to finish three slot from the BOTTOM of the East, like we are under Dooley.

Or, more likely, we'd be waiting for the day the NCAA penalties expired, so we could have all of our scholarships back...sorta like what's happening now at USC. :)

RockyTop1_old writes:

in response to crappieking:

Love him or hate him, if he was still our coach, we would be competing for a National Championship this year, like USC will be. Not picked to finish three slot from the BOTTOM of the East, like we are under Dooley.

NO, NO, NO crappieking, we WOULD be on probation already!!! Get real!! GBO!!

gc_scvol writes:

in response to crappieking:

Love him or hate him, if he was still our coach, we would be competing for a National Championship this year, like USC will be. Not picked to finish three slot from the BOTTOM of the East, like we are under Dooley.

Where the h*** did that come from? Have you completely lost your mind or are you just trying to create hate and discontent. If Kiffin had stayed at TENNESSEE we wouldn't be off probation for life. Mark this down USC will again be in trouble before LK is through with them.

VolBy3 writes:

in response to andforhisnexttune:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

There is never a next tune from you. Its always the same old tune; "Blame Hamilton, blame Dooley, blame anybody!"
Well, why don't you try a new tune, move forward, and get behind this team? You'll feel much better. We are the Vols! Excitement is around the corner that this team has turned.

All4Vols!

thevoice writes:

Lane, how does that foot taste?

SevenT writes:

I wonder if Kiffin cast a Top 25 vote for Tennessee?

BigOrangeFever76 (Inactive) writes:

in response to SevenT:

I wonder if Kiffin cast a Top 25 vote for Tennessee?

I wonder if you could find your *** with a flashlight and a map? Personally, I doubt it. Cockroach.

BigOrangeFever76 (Inactive) writes:

in response to crappieking:

Love him or hate him, if he was still our coach, we would be competing for a National Championship this year, like USC will be. Not picked to finish three slot from the BOTTOM of the East, like we are under Dooley.

Does anyone have to wonder why you are known as the C_R_A_P_K_I_N_G?

Please stop with the "we" stuffy. You ain't one of us.

VolGrad writes:

I read this a day or two ago from an ESPN link.

Not sure why it is posted here on KNS in the Tennessee Football section.

Nonetheless,

Go Big Orange! Beat the Pack!! VFL!!!

Navaloranges writes:

in response to crappieking:

Love him or hate him, if he was still our coach, we would be competing for a National Championship this year, like USC will be. Not picked to finish three slot from the BOTTOM of the East, like we are under Dooley.

Another line of stink from an attention starved POSER. Please quit pretending you are a fan of the University of Tennessee football team, mm-K.

bigfan865 writes:

in response to andforhisnexttune:

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OK, I'm confused. Are you saying we need to blame Hamilton that Kiffin is not at UT to lead us to a championship?
I thought people were blaming Hamilton for hiring the flake who left us high and dry.
If you thought Kiffin was really a great coach for UT how are you mad at Hamilton?
He was the AD who hired Kiffin. And he didn't run him off. Kiffin left on his own.
You aren't making sense!

volgrog#210164 writes:

Once a tool, always a tool. Glad he left.

lafollette37766 writes:

Ole Kiffy's worst enemy is his mouth and sooner or later it will do him in at USC.

ButchBall writes:

in response to crappieking:

Love him or hate him, if he was still our coach, we would be competing for a National Championship this year, like USC will be. Not picked to finish three slot from the BOTTOM of the East, like we are under Dooley.

Are you smoking crack?

Smokey91 writes:

The first lie old Kiffy tells to each recruit. "I promise that I will never lie to you."

John_10065 writes:

Lame Kickin

The gift that keeps on giving. It's about to take over STD's as a perennial favorite topic for the things we laugh about but don't want to deal with personnally.

TWhite11 writes:

It's a shame he left. Top 15 coach, Arguably best recruiter in college football.

10SE writes:

Not that anyone around here cares for Kiffin, but he is doing one heck of a job at USC......and he would have been successful here.

TWhite11 writes:

in response to 10SE:

Not that anyone around here cares for Kiffin, but he is doing one heck of a job at USC......and he would have been successful here.

I'm not a fan of the guy for leaving UT, but the guy can flat out get the job done on the college level. He also thinks he's a little bit better than everyone, which is what you need in a college football coach.

senracjr writes:

in response to crappieking:

Love him or hate him, if he was still our coach, we would be competing for a National Championship this year, like USC will be. Not picked to finish three slot from the BOTTOM of the East, like we are under Dooley.

Crappie queen I think the best part of you ran down your mothers leg!

TNORANGEDOGDAD writes:

Can we have a poll and vote for whether or not we want more Kiffin stories. It would be about as significant as all the other polls they have on here.

bigdisbig writes:

in response to gc_scvol:

Where the h*** did that come from? Have you completely lost your mind or are you just trying to create hate and discontent. If Kiffin had stayed at TENNESSEE we wouldn't be off probation for life. Mark this down USC will again be in trouble before LK is through with them.

Kiffin had nothing to do with the probation currently at USC. IN SPITE of the probation the guy has built a team that will contend for the national championship. If he were still here the Vols would be at the top of the SEC with great recruits. Nothing against Dooley but Kiffin's daddy can out recruit Dooley's daddy and Kiffin can sure out recruit Dooley.

Caspian writes:

in response to ButchBall:

Are you smoking crack?

No, he's a troll. He's trolling for a response. You entertained him with one. Mission accomplished.

PUL4VOLS writes:

Still not caring about the SoftCakes Twinky head coach at USC. He's history in Vol land.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to crappieking:

Love him or hate him, if he was still our coach, we would be competing for a National Championship this year, like USC will be. Not picked to finish three slot from the BOTTOM of the East, like we are under Dooley.

I dislike the weasel immensely and he has manipulated the system, but winning without honor or integrity would be hollow at best. At the end of the day UT will have better quality human beings lacing up cleats/playing and coaching our beloved UT, and the wins will come as well..GBO!!

Theo writes:

in response to crappieking:

Love him or hate him, if he was still our coach, we would be competing for a National Championship this year, like USC will be. Not picked to finish three slot from the BOTTOM of the East, like we are under Dooley.

Maybe more competitive this year but vacating wins a few years down the road. This guy is totally devoid of ethics.
The real question is who will put their school in NCAA purgatory first, Kiffin or Calipari.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to 10SE:

Not that anyone around here cares for Kiffin, but he is doing one heck of a job at USC......and he would have been successful here.

I believe he does a good job of bending the rules and outright breaking them, only to play dumb and act innocent of any wrong doing. The selfish brat has used his father and anyone dumb enough to believe his garbage. The funny part is the old man still can't defend the spread option attack and until they can slow down Oregon or any other prolific spread option team they will only be second fiddle in their own conference.

BigVolFaninSC writes:

The best part of this is the thought that we don't have to deal with this kind of junk any longer! GO BIG ORANGE!

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to bigdisbig:

Kiffin had nothing to do with the probation currently at USC. IN SPITE of the probation the guy has built a team that will contend for the national championship. If he were still here the Vols would be at the top of the SEC with great recruits. Nothing against Dooley but Kiffin's daddy can out recruit Dooley's daddy and Kiffin can sure out recruit Dooley.

He was certainly on the coaching staff during that time and probably learned every trick in the book Ol' Pete could teach his sorry arse. The problem will occur when his ancient comb-over daddy and ape-eron leave his side..What coach would work for such a slime-ball, besides Benedict Tee Martin??

frblalack writes:

in response to crappieking:

Love him or hate him, if he was still our coach, we would be competing for a National Championship this year, like USC will be. Not picked to finish three slot from the BOTTOM of the East, like we are under Dooley.

First of all...and foremost. I personally am SICK & TIRED of your constant negativity!

Please go find another website. This is meant to be for the University of Tennessee fans & supporters.

Pls take heed, KNS,

Thank you! Big Orange Vol For Life!!!

MikeNPS writes:

in response to crappieking:

Love him or hate him, if he was still our coach, we would be competing for a National Championship this year, like USC will be. Not picked to finish three slot from the BOTTOM of the East, like we are under Dooley.

Many people fear that if he was still in Knoxville, the Vols would be on probation by now.

frblalack writes:

I wake up - check the Vol's website...and I still see CrappyKing, SevenTy, etc. posting on this "Vol website"!

Could not be more disappointed; I'll probably not waste any more time commenting if these parasites are allowed to continue!

Hoping All True Vol Fans have a GREAT day! Support Coach Hart & Coach Dooley 100%!!! We have the making of National Champions!!! Mark my words...and anyone who doesn't agree, just shut the h' up or put up your $! We may not even win the SEC, but if our team remains intact the sky's the limit!

All Vols - All the Time - Vol For Life- Go Big Orange - Forever Volunteer - The General WAS the BEST Coach EVER in College Football!!!!

Vol for Life!!

SummittsCourt writes:

in response to crappieking:

Love him or hate him, if he was still our coach, we would be competing for a National Championship this year, like USC will be. Not picked to finish three slot from the BOTTOM of the East, like we are under Dooley.

Your comments shows how STUPID you are and how much of a weasel boy butt kisser you are.

First off, he isn't building anything at USC, those players were Pete Carroll's recruits - all he did was take over. Kind of like Phil Jackson did with Chicago.

Second, any true fan knows that the Vols are still a couple of years away from competeing for an SEC championship even if he was still here. Remember, he ran off Cam Newton and Tahj Boyd and many other players that were not his recruits.

Third, I am confident that with his attitude and lack of morals the Vols would be the next Ohio St. Eventually, USC will get into trouble again because he and goons can't help themselves from cheating.

Time for you to permanently shut up!

SummittsCourt writes:

Hey KNS! Please leave your man crushes to yourself and stop reporting on this scum bag.

SCVFL writes:

Love me some VOL football
GO BIG RNG...VFL

BigOrangeFever76 (Inactive) writes:

in response to frblalack:

I wake up - check the Vol's website...and I still see CrappyKing, SevenTy, etc. posting on this "Vol website"!

Could not be more disappointed; I'll probably not waste any more time commenting if these parasites are allowed to continue!

Hoping All True Vol Fans have a GREAT day! Support Coach Hart & Coach Dooley 100%!!! We have the making of National Champions!!! Mark my words...and anyone who doesn't agree, just shut the h' up or put up your $! We may not even win the SEC, but if our team remains intact the sky's the limit!

All Vols - All the Time - Vol For Life- Go Big Orange - Forever Volunteer - The General WAS the BEST Coach EVER in College Football!!!!

Vol for Life!!

frblalack....don't let those ***scabs keep you away from this site. You are correct. This is a site for Vol fans and supporters. Those worms come on here for one reason only...ATTENTION. Their own lives are so empty, so miserable, so lonely that they need to spew their _____ here for the much needed attention. They are bottom-feeding trolls who make me sick too. They can all go straight to ________.

GO VOLS. GO DOOLEY. GO BIG ORANGE FANS!!!

HopeisNotaCourseofAction writes:

Tosh.O can recruit. He has done it year after year. He is always in the top 5 on signing day. In either scout or rivals his 2013 recruiting so far has 18 commits - 6 5* and 12 4*. Believe we have 4 or 5 4*. And yes, yes, before some of you spill your cheetos all over your chest reaching for the keyboard, we all get it that stars don't matter.

This may be a long year for Tosh haters as he is starting the year ranked #1 or in the top 3 in most polls, which means he'll be interviewed a lot, games will be on prime time more etc. You will see him every week, get used to it Tosh haters.

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