Kiffin to Tennessee?

Reports are surfacing that Lane Kiffin, former Oakland Raiders’ head coach, will be named head coach at Tennessee on Monday. Former Ole Miss head coach Ed Orgeron is likely to come to UT as the DC or at least recruiting coordinator.

In a purely rumor mongering note, the Southern Cal people I know are saying Tom Davis, the O-line coach for the Ole Ball Coach at South Carolina may well join Kiffin at UT. Davis is a brother in law(?) of Kiffin (ok, I am not sure the connection, but it is through Kiffin’s dad, Monte). Speaking of Monte, it seems likely that he may well join Kiffin at Tennessee if this happens.

On another note, if what I think will happen on Saturday in Los Angeles happens, a certain head coach in South Bend will be available for any offensive coordinator positions in the NFL, should one be open sometime soon.


4 Responses to “Kiffin to Tennessee?”

  1. 1 cousinwalter
    November 27, 2008 at 9:56 am

    This sounds like the money pick. Kiffin calling the plays and coach O handling the defense and recruiting for the Vols. I will believe it when I see it when Monte Kiffin takes orders from his 33 year old son. Stranger things have happened.

    The part about Coach O handling the recruiting- as a Georgia fan, that scares me. UT has not been the same since Rodney Garner left Knoxville for Athens.

    Charlie Weis is not going to be fired at Notre Dame. It was reported yesterday on ESPNNEWS that if they fired Weis this season they would have to pay Weis every single dollar remaining on his contract. That’s 7 years 28 million. He is only 3 years into a 10 year contract. HOWEVER, next year the buyout goes down considerably. YES, he deserves to be fired but he is not going to be.

    Here is a question to ponder. What would have happened if Jimmy Clausen had chosen Tennessee like his brothers and was under the teachings of David Cutcliffe?

  2. 2 bulldoginexile
    November 27, 2008 at 10:51 am

    It does scare me a little. I do think that the fit isn’t the best. I can hear the first time Tennessee loses a game after only running the ball 10 times, “This is the SEC, we run the ball here.”

    I am hearing that a number of big hitter donors at ND are lining up the money to get rid of Weis, with the provisio that the school gets no more money from him unless he’s gone. Now, that doesn’t mean it is true or that the school will listen, but if it is, then Weis is a toxicity that they don’t need to fool with,in my opinion.

    Jimmy Clausen would still be a strong armed basket case in a better offense if he had been coached by Cutcliffe.

  3. 3 Oshea2002
    November 27, 2008 at 1:03 pm

    Tim Davis just accepted a job with Minnesota, so he won’t be coming along, although he’d have been a great get. I have so much respect for Coach Davis. I forget the brother in law’s name (and I think it’s Orgerons, not Kiffin’s, but I’m really not sure) who would come along from S. Carolina. He’d probably be named OC, but that’s a worthless title since there’s no way Kiffin is allowing someone else to call plays.

    If Kiffin does get the job, Coach O will most likely definitely come. They are actually very close (I’m shocked people actually like Kiffin), part of the Norm Chow force-out and Kiffin promotion to OC at USC was to keep him from going to Ole Miss with O (it was less underhanded then that, O and Pete are very good friends but reached some sort of agreement, nothing like Orgeron helping recruit McKnight to USC as the HC at Ole Miss). Coach O is the man, I want nothing more then him to come back to USC, but I don’t see it in the cards. Recruiting wise, there’s no one better, and he happens to be a great D Line coach too, I do not think our D line has been the same since he left, they just get by on talent alone now.

    I’m not sure on the Monte part. Elite NFL DC to college DC is a step down. But, as far as the working for the son part, a huge part of the Al Davis / Lane rift was that Lane wanted to bring Monte in and fire Rob Ryan, and Al said no. I know from a very good source who works for the Raiders that that went down, so I think he’d come if they could pay him.

    For Weis, there’s too much misinformation to know. If he cared about the University, he’d step down and agree to a reasonable settlement. There’s no point in buying him out if they don’t subsequently come up with the requisite money to throw at Urbie. I think they could get Urbie eventually, but not now. I can’t imagine them paying some ridiculous buy out just to hire Brian Kelly or Mike Riley makes a lot of sense.

  4. 4 Oshea2002
    November 27, 2008 at 1:04 pm

    Additionally, Kiffin owes a lot to Pete Carroll. He can repay that by hiring Yogi Roth and Brennan Carroll, and taking those bozos off of our hands.

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