Kiffin watch: rapidly approaching dumbass territory

I’ve never made back-to-back posts concerning Junior before, but all good things must come to an end, I suppose.  Anyway, after reading this Knoxville News online story (h/t The Wizard of Odds), I can only conclude that anyone still using the “Lane Kiffin, crazy like a fox” line means to insult the intelligence of foxes.

If you’re a Vol fan, you have to hope that nobody is this stupid on purpose:

Tennessee football coach Lane Kiffin may have committed a sixth NCAA secondary recruiting violation since his hiring, this one resulting from a segment featuring him on ESPN’s “Outside the Lines.”

During the segment first televised Sunday morning, Kiffin is shown meeting and talking with a recruit. At the end of the segment about Kiffin, ESPN’s Bob Ley, host of the show, brought the possible violation to light.

“Wendi Nix reporting,” Ley said. “Now, Kiffin’s arrival has brought several secondary NCAA violations. It is entirely possible that you just saw another one. Remember the scene where Lane Kiffin is speaking with a recruit?

“Well, in the infamously thick NCAA rulebook, Rule 13.0.1, (it states) media members cannot observe recruiting contact by coaches. Tennessee tells Outside the Lines it is reviewing this matter. The NCAA is reserving comment until the story airs, so we look forward to hearing from them today (Sunday).”

UT spokesperson Tiffany Carpenter confirmed Sunday that UT is reviewing the ESPN story.

That’s right, he allowed a recruiting violation to be filmed for national TV.   I think even the most rabid orange-clad fan would agree it takes a special kind of genius for that.  And I would think that a seventeen-year old recruit meeting with Junior in the future might want to check the room for wires first.

The best part of the article is that there’s more.  There’s mud wrestling with Al Davis -

The Raiders then issued a statement for the “Outside the Lines” segment on Kiffin.

“Lane Kiffin is a flat-out liar,” the statement read. “He lied to the team, he lied to the fans, and he lied to the media. He will try to destroy that university like he tried to destroy the Raiders, and will eventually clash with (women’s basketball coach Pat) Summitt and (men’s basketball coach Bruce) Pearl. Other than that, the Raiders can say nothing further.”

And there’s the Laner, talking about gas stations again, in a clear violation of the First Rule of Holes.

During the segment, Kiffin again denied telling a recruit that he would end up pumping gas like other South Carolina graduates if the recruit went to play for the Gamecocks.

“No, there’s no way that I said that,” Kiffin said. “I wouldn’t say anything like that. First of all, if you look at, I don’t think that anybody pumps gas because everything is self-serve nowadays. There’s no full-serve stations, so I’m smart enough to not have said it because of that, number one. But number two, we don’t negative recruit.”

There, he said it – he’s smart.  He was smart when he said this in the Gainesville Sun, too.

“For those of you who haven’t been to Pahokee, there ain’t much going on. You take that hour drive up from South Florida, there ain’t a gas station that works. Nobody’s got enough money to even have shoes or a shirt on.”

Everybody comments on how attractive Junior’s wife is.  I keep waiting for somebody to drop in one of my favorite expressions about it – that he out kicked his coverage.  A couple more incidents like this ought to do the trick, I figure.

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UPDATE: Over at Team Speed Kills, cocknfire adds some thoughts on the matter.

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UPDATE #2: To answer the question posed in the header of this post, yes, he can.

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11 responses to “Kiffin watch: rapidly approaching dumbass territory

  1. S.E. Dawg

    Yep, saw it this morning myself. Just watching the guys mannerism when being interviewed sends a message to me that he is going to be trouble for the Vols. Has that look of telling a lie to cover up a lie feel to it.

  2. UK's Uncle Fester

    What a terrible job, they did to bring this guy to Tenn. They should have gone after Tommy T

  3. ScooBoo

    She might not be that bright herself……..just sayin’

    • dean

      My comments exactly. I haven’t heard her speak as of yet. For all I know she could be another Miss Teen South Carolina. As far as looks go though he definitely married out of his league.

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  5. kckd

    I still don’t get the fascination with his wife. She’s blond and attractive, but it’s not like you’d expect to see her in Playboy or on the cover of Cosmo or anything.

    • Carruthers

      I have no idea what you’re talking about, I have a huge Layla Kiffin poster up above my bed.

  6. Kevin

    In New Jersey it’s illegal to pump your own gas. Full service attendants take care of this for you while you wait in your car. So, really, he’s wrong again

  7. Bobby Fenton

    To be fair, Kiffin did not actually let a national television crew film a recruiting violation. The filming itself is what constituted the violation at all. I don’t like Tennessee, but I’m just saying.

    • If you want to get technical about it, according to the article, the rule says that “media members cannot observe recruiting contact by coaches”. Thus, it was the presence of the reporter when Junior met with the recruit that constituted the violation.

      The tape is merely evidence. It’s what prevents the Laner from piously proclaiming that he’s too smart to do something that dumb. :)