Kiffin watch: Just win, baby.

Please tell me this doesn’t sound like what it sounds like.

Coach Lane Kiffin adamantly stated several times Thursday night that early-morning arrests of Tennessee freshmen Janzen Jackson, Nu’Keese Richardson and Mike Edwards had “nothing to do” with the Volunteers who showed up for football practice.

“That’s got nothing to do with what’s going on with these guys,” Kiffin said. “We needed to have a good practice today to prepare for a big-time game, and I thought the guys came out today and had a really good practice. I thought they were very sharp, very focused.

“Good intensity out here. We still have a lot of work to do before the game.”

Despite Kiffin’s words, the reality is that all three players were in line to suit up Saturday at Ole Miss, and Jackson and Richardson figured to play important roles.

I get the whole “innocent until proven guilty” thing, trust me.   And I get not passing final judgment until all the facts are in.  But does Junior really think he’s going to skate in the court of public opinion if he lets these kids play tomorrow simply because he’s going to take his time with the due diligence?  Wow.

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UPDATE: Playing with fire? Even if everything in that post isn’t accurate, there’s enough there that is (such as Jackson being in a car with marijuana in it after curfew) to make this a delicate situation for Kiffin, to say the least.

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UPDATE #2: The Knoxville News is reporting that none of the three players appear on the travel roster for the game tomorrow and thus will not play.  So there’s that.

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15 responses to “Kiffin watch: Just win, baby.

  1. Aligator

    he does not care, he is an idiot. he may win some games, but he is truly and idiot.

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  2. rbubp

    If the rest of the Knocksville fan base is like the “victim,” yes, he probably does think he can do that.

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  3. DirkDawggler

    “Good intensity out there.”

    You know what is intense? Having a gun pointed in your face. Not knowing if you are going to live through the moment. I speak from experience.

    Anything less than dismissal for these 3 thugs is unacceptable. Why am I getting the feeling that Kiffin is hedging on this?

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  4. Dboy

    Almost unimaginable that Kiffin let’s them have anything to do with the team until this is sorted out. And he is going to let them play? What would Roger Goodell do? WWRGD?

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    • Tasm

      If this had happened in Gainesville, the charges would have already been dropped.

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      • Dog in Fla

        That’s the way we roll down here.

        And we’d probably have some kind of charges, like soliciting, brought against the three loiterers in the Hyundai. Hanging out around the Pilot at 1:20 a.m. You know they were just asking for it.

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  5. Turd Ferguson

    If these three criminals suit up tomorrow, the most surprising thing about it will be that anyone finds it surprising.

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  6. The Realist

    These guys aren’t playing. They were in line to play on Saturday. As in, before they tried to rob three guys in a ’98 Hyundai Elantra who were just trying to eat the last cheeseburger they could afford.

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    • I get your point, but I also saw Junior’s meeting with the media after practice. He wouldn’t even concede that there had been a curfew violation.

      I can’t see these kids playing tomorrow, to be honest, but what’s so bad about a forthright declaration that they won’t see the field until he knows for sure what happened?

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      • The Realist

        I don’t deny he’s in head-in-the-sand mode. He’s trying to ignore it for the rest of his team’s sake (or at least his own), I surmise, but I don’t believe he has any intention of playing them. If they trot out onto the field, Mike Slive’s head will explode.

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  7. Hogbody Spradlin

    We’ve all seen it before. Discipline is great, BUT LET’S NOT GET CARRIED AWAY HERE.

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  8. On the Bright Side

    I’m sure Kiffin will punish them. Or not.

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  9. Macallanlover

    Even Junior is not this dumb, he has to act on this. I hate this for all of CFB, but everyone is susceptible to it when we admit students who do not have to meet the same standards as others. We get what we deserve, but the important part is how it is handled. Kiffin has no choice with this, at least 2 of these guys have to be kicked off the team, if not all three.

    I will say this, I read the TN message boards yesterday and saw over a hundred different posts on this subject. To their credit, only one poster made a comment that excused the bad behavior of the players and blamed it on over zealous police. I wish I could say the same for UGA boards when one of our players break the law. Strong, consistent action by the coaches will pay dividends and fans should support that type of policy.

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  10. Dog in Fla

    “UPDATE: Playing with fire?”

    “Word in Knoxville has Jackson failing a drug test, having girls in his room, skipping practice and trying to break curfew since he’s arrived on campus. Sound like someone who needs “the benefit of the doubt” in this case?”

    Yes. What he did in a NFL feeder program simply does not meet the Alex Rodriguez Alan Iverson semi-automatic weapon credit card threshold of getting no benefit of the doubt.

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