Purely for selfish reasons, I’m sorry Junior didn’t get the Houston job. But if if wasn’t what fate has in store for Lane Kiffin, at least we got this lovely parting gift from Houston regent Tilman Fertitta, an entrepreneur who owns the restaurant corporation Landry’s Inc., is the host of a CNBC reality television show called “Billion Dollar Buyer” and clearly wanted to make sure the Laner knew who was the biggest asshole in the room:
“He said ‘Write the contract the way you want it,'” said Fertitta, who also is a prominent booster for the school’s athletic program. “Lane Kiffin looked me in the eye and he knew when he sat down at that table that he was going to go with the contract that I put in front of him with the buyout that I wanted in front of him. And we never even got there.”
Man, I bet you got a real tingle from that.
A scant few years ago, we might have gotten a snippy retort from the Junior we grew to know and love — you know, something like “Fine… I’ll move on to something else, but you’ll always be Houston”. Maybe no response there is a sign of maturity on his part.
Then again, maybe it’s just a sign of desperation.