Jimmy Sexton’s Kryptonite

Apparently, there are some bridges that even Sexton can’t cross.

According to a report from Gridiron Now’s Mark Nagi, who recently spoke to Kiffin for an upcoming book on Tennessee football, former Vols athletic director John Currie told super agent Jimmy Sexton that his client would “never be the head coach” at Tennessee as long as he was in charge.

“What normally happens in those things is when jobs come open, there is usually communication with the agent and the athletic director,” Kiffin said in a phone interview earlier this week. “The agent says something like, ‘Hey, I got these eight to 10 guys; what do you think about this guy here or there?’ … Then the AD says, ‘I want to interview those two guys; those sound good.’

“In that conversation with [agent] Jimmy Sexton — who has a million guys obviously, so it’s not just about me, it’s about all the guys — … [then-Tennessee athletic director] John Currie says, ‘Lane will never be the head coach as long as I’m the athletics director here.’ So once he said that, I didn’t think about it. So that kind of answered that.”

Of course, if I had to pick a bridge, it would be Junior.  Sexton had to know the job was dangerous when he took it.

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12 responses to “Jimmy Sexton’s Kryptonite

  1. Hogbody Spradlin

    The Kiffin Kancer has the reverse Midas Touch. Everything he touches turns to s**t.

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  2. Uglydawg

    But “any publicity is good publicity” for those that seek the limelight. Jr. know this and thus his infrequent publicity stunts. Sooner or later, esp. if he keeps winning, some big school is going to decide he’s grown up enough to give him a chance. I’m not saying it should happen, but it probably will.

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  3. Mayor

    Kind of hard to argue against Currie’s rationale on that though.

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  4. Macallanlover

    Can’t believe Junior or Sexton even thought that was a possibility. The way Kiffie treated people, the traditions of the school, and then slipped out of town at dawn’s early light, was a low light in a career with many competing moments.

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  5. The Dawg abides

    I don’t care for Kiffin, but he has coaching talent. If he stays at FAU a few more years he can keep honing his head coaching skills and may mature just a bit. If all that happens, I don’t think it’s a stretch to see him replacing Saban. They will put out cursory feelers for Kirby and Dabo, but they will not bite. Kiffen is one guy that will not care about following a legend at a place with the ultimate expectations.

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  6. I have never read an agent-coach contract, but I have trouble envisioning how Sexton does not run into a myriad of conflict of interest problems without a litany of waivers on the coaches part. Even Kiffin’s words kind of touched at it.

    Basically, these coaches have allowed Daddy Jimmy to self select which ones deserve which jobs– their pecking order essentially. Now, some of it is obvious to the whole world, even the guy himself. But there’s a lot of grey areas too. I’d love to learn (and hope he has) certain constraints he puts on himself in conversations and certainly writing. With all these opening a few months ago, it was hard to see how Jimmy’s promotion of one guy wasn’t simultaneously a disservice to the other.

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  7. DawgPhan

    hmmm…Currie…Lane still has a job. Does Currie?

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  8. Captain Obvious

    and who is the UT AD now?

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