Nobody in college football has mastered the art of bullshit rationalization better than Junior. Nobody.
So looking back: You took a lot of heat for leaving Tennessee after one year: Any reflections on how things went down? Any regrets?
LK: Well, I was trying to do it the best it could be done as far as getting back from the SEC head coaches meeting that I was at to speak to the team. As I think you’d be familiar with, most of the time people don’t speak to the local media and I was trying to do that out of respect to them because there are some great people there. I guess I should have listened to other people and just got out of there and went to my new job instead of trying to do what I thought was right.
You got hit pretty hard by the national media: Did any of it hurt? Did it bother you at all?
LK: Not at all. Because every person who I talked to about this decision, when I laid out the facts, every single person said not only that it wasn’t close but basically that it was a no-brainer. So, if people were familiar with all the details of the situations — which they never will be — I think that people would definitely understand. And, even with people back there. I understand people are hurt but the sense I’ve gotten from the people I still talk to back there or who have called me — people involved in business — understand the move and don’t fault me for it.
That’s the rationalization part. Here’s the bullshit:
Any “details” you mentioned that you want to share with us?
I know I don’t need to tell anybody this, but Vol fans, you’re in a better place now without him.