Category Archives: Don’t Mess With Lane Kiffin

Forget it, Jake. It’s Knoxville.

If the world is going to give Corch tons of shit for turning a blind eye to Aaron Hernandez’ behavior in Gainesville, I sure hope somebody in the media has a few questions to direct Junior’s way about Janzen Jackson.

About these ads


Filed under Because Nothing Sucks Like A Big Orange, Crime and Punishment, Don't Mess With Lane Kiffin

Freedom isn’t free.

When I was in high school, I had a job at a delicatessen, working afternoons and weekends.  The pay wasn’t great, but one of the perks of the job was that the owners let the employees eat for free.  Most of us didn’t abuse that, but there was this one guy who used to inhale lox like he was addicted to it.  And even back in the ’70s, smoked salmon was an expensive luxury item.  It got so bad that the owners offered him a good raise if he’d start paying for what he ate.  He turned the raise down.

The reason I bring this story up is that, after reading this Kevin Scarbinsky column on Junior’s new contract… well, I wonder what the Laner would do if he were offered more money to keep his yap shut in public.  Tough call, I bet.


Filed under Don't Mess With Lane Kiffin

A tale of two contracts

Nick Saban’s new deal:  eight years, $6.5 million per year with a $400,000 completion bonus.

Junior’s new deal:  three years, $680,000 for the first two years and $714,000 for the third year.

Hard to question Saban’s numbers, other than why it took seven months to hash out the contract extension.   But I continue to be amazed at every new SEC offensive coordinator who does better, financially speaking, than Mike Bobo.


Filed under Don't Mess With Lane Kiffin, Nick Saban Rules

The yin to Saban’s yang

Junior, I mean.

Nick’s the buttoned up, kinda grumpy, don’t have time for this shit dude.  Laner’s the guy who writes checks with his mouth he can’t cash.

“As you guys know extremely well, I think the offense is led by the tailbacks. … There probably aren’t three more talented tailbacks in the NFL on a roster than we’re fortunate to be able to work with at Alabama.”

Well, now.


Filed under Don't Mess With Lane Kiffin

You know what they say about first impressions.

Alabama athletics director Bill Battle, on his reaction to Saban hiring Junior:

My first reaction, because I didn’t know Lane, wasn’t very positive. I talked to Coach Saban about it. He asked me if I had ever met him and I said no. He said, “Why don’t you meet him?” He had him in for a visit, I spent about an hour with him and I was very impressed. I followed up and talked to several different people. I called (athletics director) Pat Haden at Southern California. I talked to David Blackbird, who’s the AD at UT-Chattanooga. David was the compliance officer for football at Tennessee when Lane was there. They both told me that they thought he would be a great fit here, and I got really comfortable with it.

So the last guy who fired the Laner and the guy who had to keep up with his regular brushes with secondary violations at Tennessee told you he’d be a great fit at Alabama?  Maybe you should consider the source, man.


Filed under Don't Mess With Lane Kiffin

Monday morning buffet

Rise and shine, campers.  It’s the start of another work week.

  • It sounds like Junior’s gonna revolutionize Alabama’s offense.  Right.
  • I think people have taken Spurrier’s comment last week about Tennessee wanting to keep the rivalry game with Alabama out of context.  It’s not so much a shot at UT as it is wondering why the Vols wouldn’t want to have more of a scheduling mix with weaker programs in the West.
  • Five of the top ten spring game attendance marks came from SEC schools.
  • This had to suck:  Ralph Friedgen missed the Rutgers spring game while passing a kidney stone on Saturday.
  • Should Alabama host Georgia in 2016, the two teams would not be scheduled to play again in Tuscaloosa until 2028.
  • Speaking of the Great Scheduling Compromise, Nick Saban called it a week ago:  “I think there’s a little bit more support for staying with an eight-game schedule and everybody playing a ninth opponent that’s in the five major conferences.”
  • Now it’s the NFL that’s got a top official willing to consider a developmental league.
  • LSU beat writer sympathizes with Joe Alleva’s fairness whine, suggests moving “Alabama and Auburn to the SEC East and put newcomer Missouri in the West, where it geographically belongs (along with Vanderbilt or Kentucky)”.  Hey, if by “fair” you mean making life easier for LSU, that’s fair.
  • Quarterbacks coach Terry Shea, who ran Aaron Murray’s Pro Day and helped Griffin, Sam Bradford and Matt Stafford prepare for their drafts, thinks Murray most closely compares to Stafford:  “But Aaron can drive the ball, and he might even be more advanced than Matthew was because he’s had four years of great SEC football…”


Filed under Don't Mess With Lane Kiffin, Georgia Football, It's Just Bidness, Media Punditry/Foibles, SEC Football, The Evil Genius

“I think it will make the offense more effective.”

Alabama’s offense pretty much blew at this weekend’s A-Day game, but that’s only because Junior was holding back 90% of the playbook, y’all.

You’d think Alabama’s got so much talent on the offensive side of the ball that it really doesn’t matter who’s calling the plays, but, then again, that’s what they thought at Southern Cal the last three seasons.


Filed under Don't Mess With Lane Kiffin