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Kiffin blames youth for conflict with Meyer

Posted on: February 21, 2012 1:12 pm
 

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Urban Meyer isn't making a lot of friends in his new digs in the Big Ten, which makes it all the more ironic that he's on better terms than ever with his old SEC archenemy, Lane Kiffin.

Meyer told CBS Sports' Dennis Dodd recently that he and Kiffin "have conversations" and that each has apologized to the other over their conduct while at Florida and Tennessee, respectively. Those conversations were confirmed by Kiffin in a Tuesday interview with the Atlanta Jornal-Constitutionin which Kiffin blamed his behavior -- including smack talk aimed in Meyer's direction over the recruitment of Nu'Keese Richardson -- on the impetuousness of youth (emphasis added):

“Yeah, I’m glad Urban and I are where we are in our relationship. When you’re young, you make some mistakes. We’ve moved forward from that. Who would’ve guessed we are back at battling each other for recruits even though we’re a long ways away? I have tremendous respect for what Urban Meyer does.”

We'll take this opportunity to remind readers that Kiffin made his remarks about Richardson ("I love the fact that Urban had to cheat and still didn't get him") three whole years ago, when Kiffin was a mere 33 years of age--far from the grizzled, world-weary 36-year old he is now. 

But snark aside, even if Kiffin isn't actually that much older than he was during his Volunteer tenure, his relationship with Meyer seems to show that he has gotten more mature. Which is not to say he's lost any of his talent for clever remarks in front of a microphone, saying of the Vols' notorious loss to Kentucky (and his reputation among Vol fans),  "I’m sure somebody somewhere blamed me for that."

A Lane Kiffin with all of his old coaching acumen and overall shrewdness, but without the petty childish distractions and torrent of secondary violations? Maybe that doesn't have a lot to do with USC's likely preseason No. 2 ranking ... but it's sure not hurting, either.

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Comments

Since: Aug 8, 2008
Posted on: February 27, 2012 8:24 am
 

Kiffin blames youth for conflict with Meyer

well said erod



Since: Apr 6, 2011
Posted on: February 23, 2012 2:29 am
 

Kiffin blames youth for conflict with Meyer

Way to fail the spelling bee, Mason Dixon...Did you ever think maybe Kiffin and Orgeron skipped town because they just couldn't handle the DUMB anymore. Maybe they thought to themselves, "You know, f*ck this dipsh*t trailer park conference. Let's move out west the second SC comes calling. We'll only travel back into the southeast to steal their talent." ???




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Since: Oct 2, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2012 7:04 pm
 

Kiffin blames youth for conflict with Meyer

ebonyrod2, your response to this article if thats what they call it these days was so on point and perfect I read it twice. Thank you. Lets take sports as an example.  In todays age where there is access to information via satellite t.v. and the internet sites like ESPN and CBS sportsline pump out so many articles people are confusing hard cold facts reported by first rate journalist with blog writers and posters who give their opinion.  Just like you said "Ones Man's Opinion"!  People dont get me wrong, I enjoy both these sites and reading journalist as well as bloggers, you just have to know the difference.



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2012 5:27 pm
 

Kiffin blames youth for conflict with Meyer

The whole premise to this article is bogus.  That is Kiffen's take on why they had a conflict.  It wasn't about his public comments about one smallish DB that wouldn't have ever started at Florida.  It was about his public comments about several coaches in the SEC cheating on the frequency of contacts made in recruiting- particularly about Meyer and Spurrier, Richt, and a couple of others.  As it turned out, he had to retract those claims because he didn't know the NCAA rule on texting. 

It wasn't personal- it was a specific allegation of recruiting violations that was bogus.  Prior to that, he had made comments about the Belle Glades high coach that got him and all Tennessee coaches banned from Belle Glade.  He accused the coach of stearing his player to certain schools.  He was a serial smear machine, rumor- monger, and flat out liar.  That isn't a function of age, but character.

One would hope he would mature, but three years, and a USC muzzle doesn't change his behavior during his Tennessee tenure.  We don't particularly care for/or about Kiffen, and don't give him any thought at all.  He never was a serious rival, nor a serious threat in any way. 



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2012 5:26 pm
 

Kiffin blames youth for conflict with Meyer

The whole premise to this article is bogus.  That is Kiffen's take on why they had a conflict.  It wasn't about his public comments about one smallish DB that wouldn't have ever started at Florida.  It was about his public comments about several coaches in the SEC cheating on the frequency of contacts made in recruiting- particularly about Meyer and Spurrier, Richt, and a couple of others.  As it turned out, he had to retract those claims because he didn't know the NCAA rule on texting. 

It wasn't personal- it was a specific allegation of recruiting violations that was bogus.  Prior to that, he had made comments about the Belle Glades high coach that got him and all Tennessee coaches banned from Belle Glade.  He accused the coach of stearing his player to certain schools.  He was a serial smear machine, rumor- monger, and flat out liar.  That isn't a function of age, but character.

One would hope he would mature, but three years, and a USC muzzle doesn't change his behavior during his Tennessee tenure.  We don't particularly care for/or about Kiffen, and don't give him any thought at all.  He never was a serious rival, nor a serious threat in any way. 



Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: February 22, 2012 12:09 pm
 

Kiffin blames youth for conflict with Meyer

This is a feel good article. While at Tennessee Lane Kiffin was trying to instill pride and confidence into the fans and football team. He came in with the it’s us against the rest of the league. Any amateur psychologist could see right through that. I am sure there were times when other coaches in the sec would understand that.

When Kiffin took over the team, they had just fired the best coach they had and was popular. Kiffin was just trying to get respect for his new team that he was now head coach of.

I think he did a good job at Tennessee. He had a winning season, instilled confidence in a quarterback everyone else had written off, came darn near close to beating the two premier teams of the league at the time, and took Tennessee to a bowl game. His team was tied for 2nd place in the sec east division.

Kiffin was not in a contest to be the most liked coach in the sec, but to win games for the Tennessee Volunteers. He did that.

Now if some toes got stepped on and other coaches from other teams got teed off, apparently that is part of the game. You can’t have thin skin in the coaching game.

Look at what Meyers did at Ohio State during this recruiting period, now all the coaches are hollering foul. They should get off their A$$ and recruit. Don’t blame someone else for your inability to keep your recruits in line and loyal to you.

If the kitchen gets too hot for you, get the hell out of the kitchen.

I think Meyer is a great coach and Kiffin is proving to be a great coach. We will know for sure in the next few years as he continues coaching at SC.


“ONE MAN’S OPINION”






Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: February 22, 2012 3:47 am
 

Kiffin blames youth for conflict with Meyer

No need to apologize Lane.  We enjoyed having you at Tennessee and beating you the only time we got the chance.  Your successor at UT has been a lot more likeable.



Since: Oct 27, 2006
Posted on: February 21, 2012 10:54 pm
 

Kiffin blames youth for conflict with Meyer

Not surprised these two liars are talking and friends again.  They deserve each other!



Since: Aug 13, 2007
Posted on: February 21, 2012 10:00 pm
 

Kiffin blames youth for conflict with Meyer

i saw her naked.   did you,  while boy wonder was banging the coeds.    wifey is hot. 



Since: Apr 6, 2011
Posted on: February 21, 2012 9:51 pm
 

Kiffin blames youth for conflict with Meyer

This is a golden age of recruiting in CFB: Meyer, Saban, Miles, Spurrier,(don't laugh- he's been killing it at CAROLINA lately)Richt, Stoops, Brown,(he might not be a developer, but he's a heckuva recruiter), Kiffin&Orgeron, Golden, and some new names, (Lupoi, Hoke, Malzahn, Swinney, Fisher, Muschamp, Kelly). These are the guys who make Signing Day must see TV on ESPN. I love these heavyweights matching up with one another throughout the season for the nation's top prep talent!

If you land a top 5 class in this day in age, you're also likely able to sell ketchup popcicles to women wearing white gloves.


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