Kiffin Watch: Rocky Top now Rotten Top & more

It could be a full time job keeping track of the buffoon in Knoxville. It seems every day last week revealed new problems for the embattled Tennessee football coach. Check out the latest on the SEC’s newest comedy.

Coach Kiffin leaves rotten impression
According to Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel, Coach Kiffin leaves a rotten impression. Bianchi spares no punches in superb column.

A few gems from Bianchi: “Points out one wise reader: With Lane Kiffin in charge, Rocky Top is starting to smell more and more like Rotten Top.”

“In the last few days, Kiffin has falsely accused Florida Coach Urban Meyer of breaking NCAA rules, broken NCAA rules himself, instructed a recruit to lie to the media, lied to the media himself, been reprimanded by the SEC, impugned the integrity of Pahokee High School, been forced to issue public apologies to Pahokee High and UF and, last but not least, proven Al Davis to be somewhat sane after all.”

Kiffin surges to #2 in Coaches Hot Seat ranking
Lane Kiffin has done the impossible. Lane Kiffin has climbed to number 2 in a ranking of coaches before even coaching a college game. Unfortunately for him, the ranking is of coaches in trouble as Kiffin sits ranked number two on the CoachesHotSeat.com. According to the Coaches Hot Seat blog, Kiffin accomplished something special, something no other coach had ever accomplished—he moved up the poll twice in one day. “Shut your mouth Lane or you going to talk yourself right out a job, maybe even before you ever coach a football game at Tennessee,” CHS wrote.

Kiffin is purging offensive linemen
Since the end of the 2008 season, three linemen have left the team and one lineman graduated, according to the Knoxville News Sentinel. Since Kiffin doesn’t know much about football or its rules, I provide this helpful tip: linemen are kind of important. The offensive line looks to have serious depth issues developing.

Comedy of Errors for Tennessee
The Tennessean provides a look at what is going wrong for Lane Kiffin. According to the paper, “The gaffes captured headlines in sports pages across the country and are raising questions about whether the 33-year-old former Oakland Raiders head coach has a sufficient grasp of college recruiting rules or the enormity of his role as the top guy at a major college program.”

The long article covers the entire debate over Kiffin’s rationale for making his comments. “Observers are divided over whether his public comments are the miscalculations of a young coach or an effort to artfully fire up a listless team and apathetic fan base.”

However, why would anyone need to energize Tennessee fans. Tennessee is a great program with great fans. They were going to fill the stadium at the start of the season anyway. They were going to show up in large numbers for the spring game. The regime change gave Volunteers hope; hope is energizing enough. Kiffin’s comments weren’t calculated. Kiffin’s comments on February 5 were the result of the exact same reason he committed a recruiting violation on Knoxville radio Friday—Kiffin doesn’t think before he speaks.

Kiffin is spinning that there is no such thing as bad publicity. However, being a national joke might not be bad for Paris Hilton, but I doubt anyone would trust Paris to get them to the NFL.