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2.05.2009

Kiffin gets the business

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From the Southeastern Conference office:
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Feb. 5, 2009) – Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive has issued a public reprimand to University of Tennessee head football coach Lane Kiffin for his public comments made earlier today.

"Coach Kiffin has violated the Southeastern Conference Code of Ethics," Slive said. "SEC Bylaw 10.5.1 clearly states that coaches and administrators shall refrain from directed public criticism of other member institutions, their staffs or players.”

The phone call to which Coach Kiffin referred to in his public comments is not a violation of SEC or NCAA rules. We expect our coaches to have an understanding and knowledge of conference and NCAA rules.”


SO WHY IS THE SEC HOPPIN' MAD?
Here is a story outlining why the SEC is unhappy.
WVLT-TV reported that Kiffin told a group of fans at a signing day breakfast celebration Thursday morning that Meyer phoned (prospect Nu'Keese) Richardson while the recruit was making his official visit to Tennessee recently.

"I'm gonna turn Florida in right here in front of you," Kiffin said, according to WVLT-TV. "While Nu'Keese was on campus, his phone kept ringing. One of the coaches says, 'who's that?' And he said, 'Urban Meyer.'"

Richardson, a Pahokee, Fla., native, signed with the Volunteers on Tuesday, despite having indicated he would sign with the Gators.

Kiffin told the crowd, "I love the fact that Urban had to cheat and still didn't get him."

123 Comments:

Blogger Loganville Tiger said...

1

3:22 PM  
Blogger gatiger (hates the cold!) said...

woohoo again

3:22 PM  
Blogger Emmett said...

My Fave thing about the Coach O song was when Q. Groves got accused of singing it after sacking the Ole Miss QB in '06

3:22 PM  
Blogger gatiger (hates the cold!) said...

dang. missed it by that much.

3:22 PM  
Blogger Dear Leader said...

always lurking

3:23 PM  
Blogger FSJ said...

Coach O is a trip..

WIld Boyz!!!!!!

3:25 PM  
Blogger Kristina said...

Yeah Emmett that was classic...

Now my 4 year old is running around singing it and made me play it twice on you tube...

Oh and Kiffin is a baby...

3:26 PM  
Blogger Emmett said...

Lane Kiffin is the Brick Tamland of the SEC..... "I Love Lamp"

3:27 PM  
Blogger Kristina said...

I killed a guy with a trident

3:28 PM  
Blogger gatiger (hates the cold!) said...

You might wanna go away for awhile.

3:31 PM  
Blogger §teveFC (Live² pÙnt) said...

What did kiffin say?

3:32 PM  
Blogger Mac MacReady said...

do you want to come to the pants party?

3:33 PM  
Blogger jhag said...

Helps the David Oku watch :)

3:33 PM  
Blogger §teveFC (Live² pÙnt) said...

I mean, if Kiffin said something like Saban is an a-hole, does that violate SEC rules? Do they distinguish between criticism and fact?

3:34 PM  
Blogger Jet D. Habotn-Bear said...

Maybe Lane will ask Layla to ease his troubled mind.

3:34 PM  
Blogger Jet D. Habotn-Bear said...

Steve... I believe lawyers will argue that truth is an absolute defense.

3:35 PM  
Blogger Emmett said...

Kiffin/Brick

3:37 PM  
Blogger tigercowboy said...

I was just looking back at past recruiting rankings and noticed Saban and Chiz were virtually even for their first class. No doubt Saban has taken off or paid out like a slot machine since then and it will be interesting to see how Chiz does. We had the number 7 ranked class that year although several are not listed on the depth chart now.

3:37 PM  
Blogger D. Miller said...

I can almost see Slive sitting there writing up that statement muttering to himself, "What a frickin' moron!"

In that same vain, I can see Kiffin sitting in his office sputtering through tears and snot bubbles, "But, daddy, I thoguht...". (Monte interrupts) "Oh shut the eff up you whiny momma's boy. Learn the dang rules, Nancy!"

3:37 PM  
Blogger depressedAUfan said...

The SEC has a Code Of Ethics?

3:39 PM  
Blogger §teveFC (Live² pÙnt) said...

Wow, I just read a bit of what Kiffin said and I would like to rise to his defense. He may be a moron, but he is one of the highest paid morons in the nation.

3:39 PM  
Blogger Jet D. Habotn-Bear said...

Steve,

That goes in with my line of thinking. If you're going to be a moron, be well paid for your efforts.

3:40 PM  
Blogger tigercowboy said...

I think the code of ethics paraphrased = Keep down home cuz...

3:40 PM  
Blogger §teveFC (Live² pÙnt) said...

How embarrassing for Tennessee. I would be seriously pissed if the Chiz did something like that. Of course, if he gave Saban a shot to the ribs during the handshake at the end of the coming Iron Bowl, I would be more understanding.

3:42 PM  
Blogger D. Miller said...

The SEC code of ethics manual is a paint by numbers book.

3:44 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt (OG) said...

Apparently, Kiffin was also calling recruits (Marsalis Teague) the night before signing day. From what I understand, Feb 2-5 was a dead period when coaches couldn't contact recruits.

That's a conduct violation and a recruit violation within 24 hours.At this rate, he'll have UT on probation before he coaches a game. What an idiot.

3:44 PM  
Blogger §teveFC (Live² pÙnt) said...

Kiffin needs to wise up. The proper way to handle a situation like this is to find a grad assistant and have him say it to a reporter. Then when Florida responds, you say that you are taking appropriate measures to ensure it doesn't happen again.

3:45 PM  
Blogger D. Miller said...

A shot to the ribs? Is that like a kick to the shins for most normal size people?

3:45 PM  
Blogger hehateme said...

Had a bammer call me today and say "#1 again". I told him Saban is floating some cash, and he said, "If you ain't cheatin', you at tryin'!"
Thus, the bammer code of ethics.

3:46 PM  
Blogger Jet D. Habotn-Bear said...

Just read the story ... I'm glad for the folks in ObKnoxville.

3:47 PM  
Blogger Aubie said...

Emmett,
That background on your blog is Reaaalllly annoying.

By the way, I was IN the Kopper Kettle when it blew up. Lucky for me, I was meeting my Knights of the Round Table club and I was wearing a suit of armour.

3:49 PM  
Blogger Emmett said...

I like the photo of old downtown

3:51 PM  
Blogger Aubie said...

The photo is fine, it is just really hard to read the blog with that dark background and your see-through articles.
Not hatin on you, just trying to offer some war eagle advice.

Fortunately my suit of armor was undamaged in the explosion. I am wearing it now.

3:53 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I added background on the original thread for peeps who haven't been following this saga today.

ALSO: Thanks to Dear Leader for my cooking regalia. Very nice.

3:53 PM  
Blogger Dr. HABOTN (JaySr) said...

PeterF - as pointed out to me by our NCAA expert, Omnica:
Dead period - not permissible to make in-person recruiting contacts or evaluations on- or off-campus or permit official or unofficial visits.

i.e. they can talk on the phone all they want

3:56 PM  
Blogger jhag said...

Unlimited calls

3:57 PM  
Blogger Jet D. Habotn-Bear said...

My guess is that Nu'Keese will get knocked on his Nu'Keester by the Gators with regularity and extreme prejudice.

3:57 PM  
Blogger depressedAUfan said...

I have no idea what kind of coach Kiffin will be, but this looks to be an entertaining ride. With a cocky HC and loud-mouth assistant(Orgeron) who love to talk, things could get mighty interesting in Knoxville. Not sure if that means good or bad but definitely not boring. He may not be willing to just turn things over to the SEC office and be quiet about it. Which may be a good thing.

3:59 PM  
Blogger FSJ said...

Kiffin has apparently apologized....


Kiffin

3:59 PM  
Blogger Emmett said...

Kiffin did not write his apology...Its not in Crayon on the back of a Chuck-E-Cheese Napkin

4:03 PM  
Blogger D. Miller said...

Was Monte standing behind him with his ear twisted while he apologized, FSJ?

4:03 PM  
Blogger jhag said...

KIFFIN bullied poor Urban

4:07 PM  
Blogger ballin said...

Maybe Kiffen's accusation of UM cheating had nothing to do with a cell phone call.

4:08 PM  
Blogger jhag said...

Kiffin won't be feeling so hot when Florida beats them by 30 next year.

4:08 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt (OG) said...

oh

4:08 PM  
Blogger AUant said...

Is it me...or has Kiffin really kicked up a hornet's nest since his hiring at TN? At least wait until you have won a couple of games!!! Funny!!!

4:18 PM  
Blogger Stalkerblues said...

Surely Urban Meyer will overlook these comments. He's a classy guy and will just brush these aside. Not vengeful at all. He would never run up the score on an opponent...wait...nevermind.

4:28 PM  
Blogger j-z said...

Doc HABOTN...technical question here. Would it be possible to dig up the BAHR and give him a scorching case of crabs? That might even be more fun than giving them to Satan...I mean Saban.

4:35 PM  
Blogger Jet D. Habotn-Bear said...

I'm sorry but the "Hello Kiffin" logo on everydayshouldbesaturday just kills me.

4:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If I were a recruit and received a phone call from CUM while visiting another school, I would specifically exclude UF as a choice. That is rude and intrusive. Of course, typical UF behavior is rude.

4:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The way I see it Kiffen didn't whine to anyone....he was gloating to alumni. CUM and UF whined to the SEC and demanded an apology.

I hate UF.

4:42 PM  
Blogger depressedAUfan said...

Urban does seem to be rather thin-skinned. I personally would love to see Kiffin put a whipping on UF. Don't see that happening but it would be great to watch the post-game handshake.

4:42 PM  
Blogger Jet D. Habotn-Bear said...

Resist ... urge ... no ... Jet ... don't.

4:42 PM  
Blogger Dr. HABOTN (JaySr) said...

Hoopie - you're exactly right

j-z - the BAHR is crabs

4:43 PM  
Blogger Dr. HABOTN (JaySr) said...

Hoopie - my "you're right" applied only to your 1640 CST post.

That doesn't give CLK (Coach Loonie Kook) permission to break SEC rules.

4:46 PM  
Blogger The SeanZ said...

Totally off topic, but browsing through AL.com comments sections I can see why the rest of the country has such a low opinion of the state of Alabama.

4:46 PM  
Blogger Jet D. Habotn-Bear said...

When helping your third-grader study math, and he or she asks you what is the lowest common denominator, the answer:

Anyone who posts on al.com

4:47 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

lol Jet

4:47 PM  
Blogger Dr. HABOTN (JaySr) said...

Would it have been against the rules for LK to give out UM's cell phone number (courtesly provided by the UT recruit)?

4:49 PM  
Blogger The SeanZ said...

Jet you continuously brilliant sense of humor is remarkable, but it is one of the many bright spots about the HABOTN...it's good to be here.

4:49 PM  
Blogger Jet D. Habotn-Bear said...

SeanZ ... thanks ... I'll send you the $20 I promised.

4:50 PM  
Blogger Dr. HABOTN (JaySr) said...

oops, not sure how I missed all those letters in "courteously". Probably cause my hands were full of Cheetohs (crunchy)

4:51 PM  
Blogger §teveFC (Live² pÙnt) said...

If I understand correctly, their is nothing in the SEC code of conduct that addresses headbutts. With the size of the cranium size of the Chiz, I think we have a natural advantage in that area.

4:57 PM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

Anyone going to the women's game tonight? I would love to see them play at least one time this season.

5:09 PM  
Blogger j-z said...

Ummmmm....Cheetos. Sigh...

5:16 PM  
Blogger j-z said...

Anybody want to take a stab at our probable depth chart going into next year? Break it down by position...Predict which of our new studs will be competing for playing time? You know...

Oh screw it. Let's talk about how much we hate Bama.

I'd be willing to contract an STD just to be able to transmit it to Saban. I hate Bama with a passion only approached by hummingbirds and Florida Gators.

5:21 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

You hate hummingbirds?

5:22 PM  
Blogger Phormerly Phred said...

I guess you got told Lane.

5:22 PM  
Blogger j-z said...

I do.

They remind me of giant mosquitoes and I'm alway worried one will fly at me and stab me in the forehead and get stuck there.

5:24 PM  
Blogger D. Miller said...

What on earth do you have against hummingbirds?





odd i know that THAT is what I got from your post...

5:24 PM  
Blogger D. Miller said...

J-Z.... I'll sit down at some point in the next couple days and put together a depth chart... I gotta get the roster updated first though... it'll take me having some free time...

5:26 PM  
Blogger j-z said...

and lizards...I hate lizards.

And Florida Gator fans...I mean really...Who told you it was a good idea to wear a tank top and flip flops to a football game. I don't buy into the whole wearing a tie to a game bs, but c'mon. You too bama fan. The houndstooth ball cap is stupid. And LSU fan, no amount of deodorant in the world can get the corndog stench off of you.

Vandy Fan, UGA Fan, KY Fan, USC Fan, I'm ok with you.

5:29 PM  
Blogger depressedAUfan said...

j-z, willingness to contract an STD raises the bar on some Bama hate. Impressive. Otherwise, I have always enjoyed hummingbirds. To each his own.

5:29 PM  
Blogger D. Miller said...

Jet,
Thanks for pointing me to the EDSBS site for that... absolutely fitting...

5:29 PM  
Blogger j-z said...

Thank you D Miller. You are a fine American.

5:29 PM  
Blogger D. Miller said...

what did a lizard ever do to you?

5:30 PM  
Blogger j-z said...

It's a biblical serpent before the fall kind of thing. I have no problem at all with snakes, but lizards and hummingbirds are evil.

And any PAC 10 fan...I hate you and your overrated conference too. C'mon Oregon...those unis are stoooooopid. Drop the gimmicks and play some damn football.

I am stepping away from the keyboard now.

War Kicker on a Stick.

5:32 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

LOL Depressed. "Raises the bar" indeed. That was very diplomatic. JZ seems to be an intense fella.

5:33 PM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

Intense about hating hummingbirds and lizards anyway.

I have very pleasant memories of hummingbirds.

5:39 PM  
Blogger D. Miller said...

I have nothing against hummingbirds... but that red hummingbird liquid food crap is sticky if you spill it, and I hate that stuff.

lizards you hate on the biblical basis, but snakes you like? shouldn't it be the other way around?

5:42 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

I like hummingbirds, but I hate those tacky, red, plastic feeders.

Someone really, really needs to do some Photoshopping to put a hummingbird in JZ's forehead.

I'm sorry, but that just cracks me up.

5:46 PM  
Blogger Dr. HABOTN (JaySr) said...

When I was 10 I walked up to a hummingbird and trapped it in a maxwell house coffee can. I looked at it for a few minutes and realized I couldn'd do anything with it so I let it go. It did not impale my forehead. That's the only stupid hummingbird I've ever seen.

BTW, hummingbirds don't play nice with each other.

5:46 PM  
Blogger scott from tucson said...

j-z, you would freak out at the hummingbird exhibit at the arizona-sonora desert museum. it's enclosed much like the butterfly exhibit at callaway gardens. swarms of hummingbirds, most with hatred in their eyes.

5:47 PM  
Blogger Dr. HABOTN (JaySr) said...

I like nonpoisonous snakes. I hate poisonous snakes. I dislike ALL spiders. Lizards are cool, but I prefer salamanders.

5:48 PM  
Blogger scott from tucson said...

gila monsters, not so much.

5:49 PM  
Blogger Dr. HABOTN (JaySr) said...

Scott - thanks for the heads up. That's definitely going in my travel plans.

5:49 PM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

Spiders eat insects. Spiders are our friends!

5:49 PM  
Blogger scott from tucson said...

always pleased to help, doc.

5:50 PM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

Y'all are bashing all the really cool animals.

5:51 PM  
Blogger Dr. HABOTN (JaySr) said...

I like what spiders do (hence I don't mash every single one I see), but they sure give me the creeps.

5:52 PM  
Blogger Dr. HABOTN (JaySr) said...

NoVaTiger - now I've got that Bob Dylan song stuck in my head.

5:53 PM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

Song? Purely accidental/

5:54 PM  
Blogger Dr. HABOTN (JaySr) said...

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5:55 PM  
Blogger Dr. HABOTN (JaySr) said...

Not one of his finer musical creations.

5:56 PM  
Blogger Bear82 said...

spiders- no problem. i "got rid of" 8 black widows from my shed this past summer, at different times. snakes? nonven- i shoo them away.. venomous- KILL. sorry, but if something can kill me or my dogs, i will get the drop. no exceptions. already killed 2 rattlers in the yard in past 3 years here in Mobile.

5:56 PM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

Thanks for the song, interesting.

6:06 PM  
Blogger scott from tucson said...

gila monsters are rare out here, but quite deadly. tons of rattlesnakes, too. they are cool to observe from a distance. tree lizards abound out here. my cat tries to catch them, but is ususally placated when they release their tail, which she then plays with...

6:15 PM  
Blogger jhag said...

WHAT in the world are we talking about?

6:30 PM  
Blogger Dr. HABOTN (JaySr) said...

Hi jhag- Kiffin, STDs, bugs, kamakaze hummingbirds, Bob Dylan, and, of course, Hatin' bama

6:32 PM  
Blogger jhag said...

so i just read Oku has narrowed his list to Auburn and Syracuse.

6:37 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Really?

6:42 PM  
Blogger jhag said...

Hold on let me find a link.

6:43 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I am at the women's game.

I guess I should start a thread on that?

6:43 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

jhag, you're killin' me.

Just killin' me.

6:43 PM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

I like our chances against Syracuse.

Of course, he may want to be a big fish in a small pond.

6:44 PM  
Blogger Dr. HABOTN (JaySr) said...

I think one of Fulmer's assistants went to the 'cuse. He was recruiting Oku to TN before BlunderBoy Kiffin arrived.

6:45 PM  
Blogger jhag said...

It's on scout and you need a subscription to read the link I am hearing... lets see what i can dig up

6:46 PM  
Blogger Dr. HABOTN (JaySr) said...

I think I saw that on the internet somewhere last month, so I know it's true.

Hotties, you will be spared my drivel for a few hours; lots of work suddenly thrown my way.

6:47 PM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

Was he turned off by Kiffin's blunder or just (understandably) turned off by UT?

6:49 PM  
Blogger jhag said...

http://texastech.scout.com/a.z?s=188&p=8&c=1&nid=3046881


I can't copy and paste the article but lok at the bottom Auburn and Syracuse moved ahead of Tennessee in intrest level...

6:49 PM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

Jay,
How are the ladies looking? Keeping up through gamecast - only up by 1 at the half. Is Ole Miss playing well or are we playing poorly?

6:54 PM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

I hope he grows those 2 more inches he wants and about 20 more pounds of muscle.

6:54 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

CincyTiger ... just sloppy right now.

6:55 PM  
Blogger Aubie said...

Nova,
That's what she said

sorry, couldn't help myself

7:12 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt (OG) said...

I'm a hippo fan, personally. I hate coyotes, wolves, and grey foxes.



Hoopie, I agree.

7:20 PM  
Blogger jhag said...

Solid, Aubie

7:22 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Hungry, hungry hippos.

7:25 PM  
Blogger youngpj said...

I just cracked up at the STD and hummingbird comments. Wow that was hilarious.

On a side note, anyone know anything about Dayton Ohio? I just found out that is where I am going to be stationed.

7:29 PM  
Blogger Aubie said...

I got nothin'

7:35 PM  
Blogger Dr. HABOTN (JaySr) said...

next to Kettering, OH where a pot-smoking dorm hall friend was from.

Frequent site of early round NCAA games in March

7:37 PM  
Blogger youngpj said...

Ohio should be a bit different than Alabama. Should be interesting.

I'll see it as an opportunity to advertise for Auburn!

7:37 PM  
Blogger youngpj said...

pot smoking dorm hall friends are fun!

7:39 PM  
Blogger Dr. HABOTN (JaySr) said...

You should definitely visit Johnson's Island, not too far north of Dayton.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnson's_Island

7:42 PM  

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