Lane Kiffinâ€™s trash talk didnâ€™t impress one Memphis area recruit. Ian R. Rapoport of the Birmingham News reported the highly desired junior, Keiwone Malone, didnâ€™t even know the Tennessee Volunteer coachâ€™s name.
“Well, it’s just, I think that Lane… What’s his name?” Malone asked during the interview with Rapoport. â€œLane Kiffin,â€ the writer replied.
Great coaching hire Volunteers. You traded a household brand in Phil Fulmer for the Knoxville version of New Coke.
Howâ€™d that expierment work out?
But Iâ€™m sure someone enjoyed New Coke; some are enjoying Lane Kiffin.
Stephen Hargis of the Chattanooga Free-Press wrote, â€œBut while it was a stupid thing for Kiffin to say, you have to like the moxie behind it and every other verbal grenade he has tossed at the rest of the SEC…Kiffin has injected an adrenaline shot directly into the heart of Vols fans and, just as importantly, recruits and current players. Itâ€™s not by coincidence that Kiffin has gone after Meyer, Spurrier and Alabamaâ€™s Nick Saban, who have a combined 10 SEC titles and four national championships. The type recruits UT needs to compete with those programs are likely to gravitate to Kiffinâ€™s brash personality. You think a few cocky high school kids donâ€™t take notice when Kiffin says things…â€
Theyâ€™ve taken such notice of Lane Kiffin, the recruits donâ€™t even know the guyâ€™s name.