Once again, we're handed a wonderful example of why college sports is such a disgusting cesspool full of hypocritical, degenerate, greedy sons of you-know-whats.
Lane Kiffin: You're the next contestant on This Coach is Full of Crap. Come on dooowwnnn!
No one should wish Kiffin any bodily harm, and a part of me truly fears for his safety following his departure for Southern Cal after one season at Tennessee. Some of the Vols message boards are currently frightening. I mean, frightening. The anger is so palpable, Kiffin will be forced to hire not just bodyguards but food tasters and mail openers.
So, no bodily harm -- but I hope Kiffin falls flat on his face at USC. A record of 0-1 billion is too good for him.
There has to be some sort of stand taken. The line keeps being crossed and the greed grows in new and more grotesque forms.
Universities make millions and the players get nothing. Coaches make millions and the players get nothing. Players' movements are restricted while coaches move at will with practically no punishment.
Kiffin likely demanded his Tennessee players give him everything they had. He told them to fully commit. He likely didn't tolerate excuses.
Then he bolted for more money and prestige at the first opportunity possible, leaving those players in a lurch.
The line keeps moving, the hypocrisy keeps stiffening, the money grows.
The list of coaching hypocrites is long. Bobby Petrino left the NFL's Atlanta Falcons for Arkansas in the dead of night and told his players via a 78-word letter stuffed in their lockers. Earlier in the season, Petrino hung a sign in the meeting room that read "Finish." He left with three games remaining in the season.
"If he wanted to leave, you can at least finish three more games," then-Falcons player Warrick Dunn told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "It's 18 days. You can finish it and say, 'You know what? This wasn't for me.' You can respect that. But to let it go the way that he did and the disrespectful way that he did it, to me, he has no heart."
Rich Rodriguez wasn't much better with the way he left West Virginia. Nick Saban promised he wasn't coaching Alabama -- until he was coaching Alabama.
Cincinnati coach Brian Kelly told his players to bust their butts for him and then left for Notre Dame. John Calipari departed Memphis amid scandal for Kentucky. Pete Carroll, less than a year after chiding his former player Mark Sanchez for leaving early, bolted for more money to the NFL. The list goes on and on.
Money is the centrifuge amid the hypocrisy. The late Myles Brand, former president of the NCAA, spoke to USA Today about his discomfort with some of the rising salaries of coaches. He spoke specifically of Calipari's eight-year, $31.6 million deal. He said the NCAA was "legally powerless to control the extravagant salaries being thrown at coaches."
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"You have to ask some very hard questions," Brand said at the time about Calipari's deal, "whether this is really in tune with the academic values, whether we've reached a point already that these high salaries and packages for coaches has really extended beyond what's expected within the academic community."
They get all of the money and practically unlimited freedom to move, but the system doesn't allow the players they coach those same kinds of freedom.
No, Kiffin isn't alone, but he just might be among the most disgustingly hypocritical.
Before bolting, Kiffin informed the Tennessee players of his decision. Not a few weeks before bolting.
Not a few days before leaving.
Minutes before leaving.
The cowardice and hypocrisy just gets worse and worse. A line must be drawn.