Junior’s pulling deeply from the asshole of victory.
“I don’t know all the Tennessee history and tradition with all the matchups, nor do I ever intend do,” Kiffin said. “There’s a lot of great teams in this conference, but I told (players) that, to me, this is the biggest matchup. To me, because of what we need to do in recruiting, this will be the biggest matchup for this staff and for our team.
“So this was a great win for us.”
Kiffin reportedly told his Vols that it won’t be the last victory in the series.
“Coach Kiffin made a big emphasis on beating these guys,” said UT junior All-America safety Eric Berry, a former Atlanta-area high school star. “He actually made a promise to us that we would never lose to them anymore, ever, until he leaves.
“Whatever happens, he said he wasn’t going to let Georgia beat us.”
Again, bully to Tennessee for getting their first conference win under Kiffin in dominating fashion. There’s absolutely no question that the better team won. But it sure would have been a lot more impressive to hear that bravado publicly in the week leading up to the game.
And how convenient that Tennessee’s new BFF “biggest matchup” is with the school having the crappy year. I guess my friends over at Third Saturday in Blogtober are going to have to rethink the whole concept behind their blog.
How weird is that rationale, anyway? I thought a program recruited to win games. The Laner wins games to recruit. Maybe he’ll give his program a trophy the year Rivals ranks his recruiting class #1.
As a rule, I don’t like living vicariously through another team’s efforts, but I’m making an exception this year. I hope Nick Saban wipes UT off the map in two weeks.