More from the ongoing annals of “It’s All Part of My Plan”, by Lane Kiffin:
Tennessee is moving forward on filling two coaching positions, men’s athletic director Mike Hamilton said Wednesday.
Hamilton said a resolution with former strength and conditioning coach Mark Smith has been reached and the process of naming his replacement is going forward.
Smith was hired in December by new football coach Lane Kiffin. In late May, however, Kiffin began the process of ousting Smith.
Smith balked at leaving because he wouldn’t be paid his salary if he resigned. He had a two-year agreement worth a total of nearly $400,000.
Hamilton confirmed UT will pay Smith the two years of compensation owed according to his memorandum of understanding for separation without cause.
“We’ll pay that over the remaining time, mitigated by any new job he should undertake,” Hamilton said.
Hard to believe that anyone would expect to be able to shitcan a guy after a mere six months without having to pay the contractual bill, but that’s UT for you these days. You know Spurrier has to be laughing his ass off about this right now.
There were some fairly scurrilous rumors being spread about why Junior wanted Smith gone, but it turns out in the end it was nothing more than that Smith wasn’t Coach O’s guy.
… But several individuals close to the program said recruiting coordinator and defensive line coach Ed Orgeron was never fully on board with Smith, and that friction ultimately came to a head. There were other factors, too, but the Orgeron factor was the defining issue in Kiffin parting ways with Smith.
It’s a reminder of how much juice Orgeron has with regard to pretty much every decision that’s made within the Tennessee program right now.
Ed Orgeron, the power behind the throne.
I’m guessing the man being discussed as Smith’s replacement knows who butters his bread.
… There’s a connection with Ausmus, too. He was Orgeron’s strength coach at Ole Miss, and Ausmus also worked with Kiffin and Orgeron at Southern California.
You cross swords with the Cajun at your peril, boys.