Here’s Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin at the SEC media days:
A couple observations: First, note that Kiffin has taken to speaking in a sort of quasi-Southern accent. He is starting to drop his ‘G’s’. Second, he makes a ridiculous statement that all this talk about Tennessee in the offseason–even the negative stuff–has been ‘good for the program.’
For starters, it is not really true that people have been talking about Tennessee’s program in the offseason. In reality, they’ve been talking about what an idiot Kiffin has been, as he has made one dumb statement after another.
Kiffin seems to think that any publicity is good publicity. But it’s not like he’s coaching at Duke, or Iowa State. He is at Tennessee, which is a proud, storied program that does not need to become the Paris Hilton of the SEC in order to get attention. But Kiffin is a West Coast guy so he probably has no concept of Tennessee’s tradition or heritage. The way he talks about recruiting and its importance, you would think no one had ever recruited well at Tennessee before when, in fact, Phil Fulmer was an excellent recruiter who sent dozens of Volunteers to the NFL.
Kiffin’s rather weak justification for all of his shenanigans and missteps are indicative of a young, cocky coach in over his head more than anything else.