Perhaps you recall this excerpt from the Sports Illustrated puff piece on Junior I linked to the other day:
… Lane flew back to Tennessee less than 48 hours after his son was born. He’d arranged to have someone fetch him at the airport, but the driver was 25 minutes late. “I came back and within five minutes I’d fired the guy who was in charge of the guy who’d been sent to pick me up,” says Kiffin. “Here’s the point: We need to win. That’s 25 minutes that Nick Saban and Urban Meyer had that I lost because somebody was late picking me up at the airport.”
That’s 25 minutes he could have spent mending fences with coaches in Palm Beach County, Florida, I guess. But I digress. Which is easy to do with Junior.
… Despite what you might read in Sports Illustrated, new Tennessee football coach Lane Kiffin hasn’t contributed to Knoxville’s unemployment rate.
“He has not fired anybody,” UT athletic director Mike Hamilton said Thursday afternoon. “If he said he has fired somebody, that’s not true. I don’t know if he said it from a standpoint of making a point that ‘We’ve got to get this right.’ But he didn’t fire anybody.
“You can’t just fire anybody at Tennessee, particularly when you’re talking about non-contract employees. There’s a process.”
I suppose it’s too much to hope that there’s a tape of the meeting where it was explained to Kiffin that he couldn’t, you know, just fire people. Still, I won’t complain. Junior is living proof that God loves college football bloggers. Thank you, Lord.