Hamilton offers Lame Kiffin excuse

Mike Hamilton mounted a lame defense for Lane Kiffin in comments made to the Nashville Tennessean.

“Lane realizes fully the implications of last week,” Hamilton told the Tennessean. “I don’t think he was trying to call anybody out. The environment was loose and he said something he shouldn’t have said. I’d be more concerned if it was malicious or had ill intent.”

Don’t think he was trying to call anyone out?

What the hell was he doing then? “I love the fact that Urban had to cheat and still didn’t get him,” Kiffin said. That isn’t calling someone out? Saying you are going to turn Meyer in for cheating isn’t calling him out?

And it is refreshing you know it wasn’t intended maliciously. Care to tell us what intent Kiffin had?

Never mind, we already know Kiffin’s motives.

We know it was character assassination. And now Mike Hamilton has given the University of Tennessee’s explicit endorsement of this pathetic, unethical and destructive behavior.

Hamilton is now in full excuse mode for the youthful coach.

“It was obvious when he left the stage that he was regretful that he had said it,” the athletics director told the Tennessean.

Regretful? Then why did Kiffin offer up the lame apology? “At an energetic breakfast with some of our donors and alumni, I made a statement that was solely meant to excite the crowd. If I offended anyone at the University of Florida, including Mr. Foley and Urban Meyer, I sincerely apologize,” Kiffin said in his apology.

If you offended anyone? Sure doesn’t sound like he regretted the character assassination. It sounds more like a child upset he was caught with his hand in the cookie jar.

Hamilton is either a liar, very bad at damage control or stupid if he believed what he said. Any of those are bad news for Vol fans.