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Philip Fulmer rips Lane Kiffin: 'Glad he's gone'

Posted on: September 18, 2010 6:10 pm
Edited on: September 18, 2010 9:26 pm
 

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Philip Fulmer, the longtime Tennessee Volunteers coach who was ousted after a 5-7 season in 2008, appeared on CBS' College Football Today earlier today, and the subject of Lane Kiffin and his tenure at Tennessee came up. As you might expect, Fulmer had an opinion or two about Kiffin:

(On Lane Kiffin Leaving Tennessee after one year)

FULMER: Tennessee is a very proud program as we all know with great traditions and the people of Tennessee felt betrayed to be honest with you. They were embarrassed, felt jilted with all the cost of the change there was. Kiffin, he left Tennessee with basically his hat in his hand and a bunch of NCAA compliance questions. Many in our community are glad that he is gone. He never really embraced the traditions, the values of the program or the community for that matter. And often his arrogant attitude turned people off. The bigger question in my opinion is how does a guy like this end up with two jobs with historic football teams like Tennessee and USC…

(On college football being hurt by hiring of so called gun-slingers and rock-star coaches and really moving away from guys like Fulmer, Joe Paterno, Bobby Bowden and the like)

FULMER: You know we probably have been our own worst enemies in some cases because of the money. It’s become an entertainment industry if you will. I do think that we are missing some of the values that are out there, that the experience and the maturity older coaches can bring. But it’s changed and we have to change with the times.

Fulmer, of course, has a point; while the notion that "there's no such thing as bad publicity" has some merit to it, the point of college football isn't to win media cycles or stay in the headlines, it's to win football games, and there's little evidence to suggest that Kiffin has ever possessed the skill set to organize a winning program.

Comments

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: September 20, 2010 7:43 pm
 

Philip Fulmer rips Lane Kiffin: 'Glad he's gone'

jngkat, I think you have a very good memory.  I am certainly no great fan of Lane Kiffin, but he was hired for the job and deserves his shot.  Phil Fulmer, on the other hand, really did something very nasty to the man that gave him a chance.  Hence the old saying:  The pot calling the kettle black.



Since: Jun 11, 2010
Posted on: September 20, 2010 3:11 pm
 

Philip Fulmer rips Lane Kiffin: 'Glad he's gone'

Fulmer you talk about Lane kiffin,it was a long time ago but I seem to remember you screwing over Johnny Majors.Last years Tenn team was playing pretty tough at the end of the year under Kiffin.



Since: Jan 5, 2007
Posted on: September 20, 2010 2:15 pm
 

Philip Fulmer rips Lane Kiffin: 'Glad he's gone'

Right, because Nick Saban doesn't carry himself like an arrogant jerk either, right? Good lord, get the hell over it!!!!





At least NS has more reason to carry himself the way he does...but arrogant jerk.....get over your butthurtedness loser!!



Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: September 20, 2010 12:58 pm
 

Philip Fulmer rips Lane Kiffin: 'Glad he's gone'

rogueveda,

Of course Saban's always been "a turd." Difference between he and Lane is that Nick was a Heisman-contending QB at Florida whereas Lane was a networker at hs daddy's knee.



Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: September 20, 2010 12:53 pm
 

Philip Fulmer rips Lane Kiffin: 'Glad he's gone'

gman13_: " OH really, there is little evidence to suggest that Kiffin has ever possessed the skill set to organize a winning program huh. Well let me give you some USC 3_0 and ranked 18th. Does that help you out a little? "

P-L-E-A-S-E....the talent that was there when he arrived is better than at least 110 of the 120 FBS schools. Plus, they've already been coached up. Wait a couple years.



Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: September 20, 2010 12:46 pm
 

Philip Fulmer rips Lane Kiffin: 'Glad he's gone'

BengalsRule,

Amen. Kiffin puts me in mind of the famous 'After' photo in the advertisements. The 'Before' is Craig James' kid, late of Texas Tech. (I wonder how old 'Daddy Dearest' is these days.)



Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: September 20, 2010 12:41 pm
 

Philip Fulmer rips Lane Kiffin: 'Glad he's gone'

Phil Fulmer: " The bigger question in my opinion is how does a guy like this end up with two jobs with historic football teams like Tennessee and USC… "

I suspect that Coach knows all too well the answers to that question. Kiffin got the UT job on the strength of his BS'ing the 'right people'. Every program's burdened with those self-important peckerwoods. Money, connections, no more sense than God gave a turkey, and the small-mindedness and vicious cruelty of a Junior High School girls' lavatory.

As for the USC job, Kiffin's where he belongs. In L.A., they lap up all kinds of shiny junk. Plus, given the Trojans storied tradition of academic cheating and hot and cold running 'starlets' in the athletic dorms, Lane'll be right at home on campus, too.



Since: Jun 1, 2009
Posted on: September 20, 2010 11:06 am
 

Philip Fulmer rips Lane Kiffin: 'Glad he's gone'

I root for Memphis but I have always liked Fulmer.  I glad he came out bashed that weasal Kiffin.  I personally believe that Dooley is the perfect coach for UT and that they will be fine.



Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: September 20, 2010 9:38 am
 

Philip Fulmer rips Lane Kiffin: 'Glad he's gone'

Nick Saban has done something. Pete carroll could also act like a jerk if he wanted to because he has earned it. Kiffin is a golden boy who has never done anything to be proud of in his career.



Since: Sep 7, 2007
Posted on: September 20, 2010 6:54 am
 

Philip Fulmer rips Lane Kiffin: 'Glad he's gone'

Tennessee learned, and now USC will learn, what the Oakland Raiders learned first. Lane Kiffin is a loser. Losing follows him everywhere.


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