If you haven't read it yet, read it. Worth the time. Lane is a force to be reckoned with and he and the Vols will be fun to watch.
Superb article on Lane Kiffin
hey may be considered a dickhead but he'll be a great coach at tennessee.
Kiffin has gotten into trouble quicker at Tennessee than Richard Pryor did trying to do network TV.
Color me unconvinced about Kiffin. He's proven nothing yet as an HC, and the fact that he disdained the idea of working his way up at smaller schools is indicative of an arrogance that makes Charlie Weis look like a Jesuit monk on a fast. He's a spoiled brat who grew up in a privileged football position due to his father's connections and name.
And what's even more remarkable is the near-adulatory tone of the article as it's describing what a colossal asswipe Kiffin is, such as the hand-rubbing glee he took in "running off" people. Contrast this with the negative press Rich Rodriguez has gotten since the day he was hired, and all the horseshit "family values" crap. Rich Rodriguez wasn't too proud to work his way up from a DIII school to where he's at now.
The only thing Kiffin has going for him is that he was smart enough to hire Orgeron, who is a tremendous recruiter. Kiffin is going to make enemies much faster than he's going to make friends, and eventually that's a recipe for disaster on and off the field.
read the rest of page five of that article before they shortened it.
Apparently, he also nailed a "Raiderette", he wouldn't give Al Davis any of his money back after he got fired, some secretaries say they saw him shredding "suspicious" documents at the Coliseum, he approved a radical change to Tennessee's uniforms (replacing the "T" on the helmets with a silhouette of Carrot Top's head"), kicked off a bunch of players (one of them just transferred to Florida after claiming that Lane said "mean things" to him), replaced Smokey with a new mascot named "Trojan Man!", promised the number 16 jersey to a freshman qb, replaced the orange/white checkerboard pattern in the end zones with a "$$$$$" motif, changed the nickname of the flotilla of boats around Neyland stadium from "Volunteer Navy" to "Volunteer Nation", claimed that he'd never heard Rocky Top before, and lastly, stated that he would no longer recruit players from the state of Tennessee.
What an asshat!
agreed that he's a giant douche. Any other profession and his priorities would lead him into legal trouble. People seem to confuse arrogance with confidence. There is a big difference between the arrogance coached into players at USC (who go on to behave like tools on tv) and the confidence/professionalism of coaches like Rich Rod. This is one aspect in which Rich has a lot in common with previous Michigan coaches - he realizes that his job is to teach boys how to become good men and good football players.