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Johnnie Knoxville punks the Vols

By: Steve Moss
By: Steve Moss

Call it the ultimate "jilt job." Lane Kiffin announced Tuesday night that he was leaving Tennessee after one season to take over at Southern Cal, where he once was an assistant coach. The fallout has been incredible.

Call it the ultimate "jilt job."

Lane Kiffin announced Tuesday night that he was leaving Tennessee after one season to take over at Southern Cal, where he once was an assistant coach.

The fallout has been incredible.

Kiffin, a coach with more league reprimands than SEC road wins, has taken more shots about his decision than Allan Iverson in a 4-overtime marathon.  And with good reason.  Kiffin owns just 12 career wins as a head coach.

I'm not a Big Orange fan, but even the most hardcore of the Wildcat Faithful can empathize with the Vol Nation today.  Could you imagine John Calipari bolting after one season in Lexington? 

Before ever coaching his first game in Knoxville, Kiffin embarrassed UT and his profession by accusing Florida coach Urban Meyer of cheating on the recruiting trail.  SEC Commissioner Mike Slive reprimanded both coaches for their childish banter.  Kiffin was later reprimanded for criticising officials.

Kiffin's decision has rocked the college football landscape.  It's a  story that SCREAMS for outrageous headlines...

"Trojan man!"

"USC gets their man (at an infraction of the cost)"

So let the brat and his pack take their footballs and go home.

Kiffin held the local media hostage Tuesday night, shortly after the story began to break.  USC's new coach in-waiting agreed to comment on his decision, but only after making the locals wait 45 minutes and disconnecting their live feeds for those watching and listening in East Tennessee.

He spoke for 80 seconds.  That's how long it took for Kiffin to explain why he was leaving Knoxville for Tinseltown.  Kiffin managed to declare the UT program is better off after his one year there, than the team he inherited from Phillip Fulmer.

You can bet Fulmer is off somewhere laughing his rear end off.

After being shown the door a couple of seasons ago, Fulmer now is being mentioned as a possible successor to his successor.  Here's hoping Fulmer tells 'em to stick it where the sun doesn't shine.

The Tennessee General Assembly isn't laughing.  They've taken issue with Kiffen's sudden departure.  The body annually acknowledges the UT coach with a resolution, but this year, a unanimous "no" greeted the proposal.

Students on the UT campus took to the streets, burning t-shirts and mattresses after hearing the news.

Are we to make anything of Kiffin's failed attempt in Oakland?  After all, owner Al Davis is an embarrassment to the NFL and his fellow owners.  Davis did warn Tennessee fans that "he will try to destroy that university like he tried to destroy the Raiders..."

Kiffin should remember that without Davis, there would be no Raiders, which would mean there would be no Tennessee.  And without the Vols, there would be no Southern Cal.

Heck, even the stoic Rich Brooks commented, Tweeting "I've seen it all now."

Yes we have, Coach.

Those are the highlights... Stay tuned.

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