Alabama commitments A.J. McCarron and Trent Richardson skipped visits to Tennessee in the developing war between Lane Kiffin and everyone else in the conference. Kiffin has already angered Steve Spurrier, Urban Meyer and reportedly Alabama Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban.
According to Chris Low of ESPN, Meyer was angered over overtures to a Florida assistant as BCS national title preparations were underway, and Spurrier was angered as an assistant joining Kiffinâ€™s staff from Spurrierâ€™s staff allegedly used a South Carolina phone to make contact with recruits on behalf of Tennessee. Low speculates Saban responded to Kiffinâ€™s hiring of Lance Thompson by asking commitments to stay away from Tennessee.
But Tennessee fans see it another way. The Knoxville Newsâ€™ Govolsxtra.com said Saban â€œseems to have a personal vendettaâ€ against the Volunteers and Kiffin.
You have to love quality reporting like that. The Knoxville News isnâ€™t known for outstanding journalism anywayâ€”we shouldnâ€™t expect anything but pandering to the mob.
And what does the Tennessee mob have to say about Saban keeping commitments away from Knoxville? Here is a sampling from Govolsxtra.com:
vols_fan_n_tx writes: Saban’s a coward
LazhilUT writes: Saban knows that if those kids come over, they’ll pull their commitment because Kiffin and Co. are mastering this business very quick so far.
Outdors21 writes: I am pretty sure that Fulmer didn’t want guys who already verbally committed making official visits elsewhere. I am not sure he was this adamant about it, but I know he frowned upon it. I hate Saban.
1vol writes: I smell fear!!I’m glad Kiff tellls our boys to go look else where cause when they do come here they will take the orange to heart and work their tails off in the season and off season. I hate satan!!!!
tngl4ut writes: Saban is such a jerk. No wonder his assistants leave every year and very few follow him around from job to job. I really wonder if these recruits will have the backbone to make up their own mine and visit whatever school they wanted too. If they are good enough to get an offer from Bama then they are good enough to have plenty of other offers.
In summary, Volunteer fans hate Saban. Why do they hate Saban? They hate him because he knows how to beat them and how to recruit. Volunteer fans enjoyed beating the likes of Mike Shula and Mike Dubose; the days of beating weakened Alabama teams are gone. Today Volunteers are pinning their hopes on an inexperienced head coach and buffoons like Ed Orgeron.
Iâ€™m sure Nick Saban is worried. Iâ€™d be worried too. Who isnâ€™t afraid of the brain trust of Kiffin and Orgeron?