Lane Kiffin Isn't Inside Anyone's Head, Probably Including His Own

Yeah, maybe The Sporting Blog talks ↵about ↵Lane ↵Kiffin a lot. Lane Kiffin talks a lot, you see. No one talks about ↵Jim Tressel because it's more interesting to interview dry white toast, ↵but that hasn't prevented him from pwning the Big Ten for years. And ↵besides, KIFFIN ↵= RATINGS for CBS and for a blogger looking out on a dry Wednesday ↵when his compatriots yoinked Les Miles admitting ↵the coaches' poll is a sham and Kansas athletics devolving ↵into West Side Story. ↵

↵So it's completely natural to talk about a guy who's constitutionally ↵incapable of shutting up: ↵

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↵⇥"I don't know. I guess we'll wait and see, and if we're not ↵⇥excited about our performance, we'll tell you that everybody was ↵⇥sick," said Kiffin, responding to a question about whether the Vols ↵⇥had been hit with the flu. ↵
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↵That's old, and you've probably read it, and you've probably added it ↵to the small portion of your brain dedicated to thinking Lane Kiffin is ↵a prat who you'd like to see get run over by a lawnmower. ↵

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↵Tennessee fans, on the other hand, have engaged the ever-more complex ↵flowchart which starts with "Lane Kiffin said something that makes ↵him sound like a child" and ends with "We're gonna win!" ↵And not just the nutcases you can find floating around any message board ↵on the internet. ↵

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↵Here's Rocky Top ↵Talk, the King Kong of Tennessee blogs, which takes the postgame ↵handshake between Urban Meyer and Kiffin, during which Meyer said ↵"your guys played hard" and reaches ↵this conclusion: ↵

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Lane Kiffin setting up shop in Urban Meyer's head

↵⇥... Based on all of the rest of the stuff [Meyer's] been saying ↵⇥post-game, I now think it was a back-handed swipe at Kiffin something ↵⇥along the lines of "Your players played well [despite the fact that ↵⇥you suck]." All of that is fine with me, by the way, because it ↵⇥re-ignited a war of words and suggests to me that Lane Kiffin is in ↵⇥Urban Meyer's head much the same way that Steve Spurrier was in the head ↵⇥of Phillip Fulmer for so many years. ↵
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↵Meanwhile, Fanhouse's Clay Travis, who's a great writer and a vague ↵email acquaintance, picks ↵up the same theme: ↵

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Is Kiffin Besting Meyer in Coaches' Spat?

↵⇥Kiffin's undisciplined off-field comments belie a team that is ↵⇥actually very disciplined and focused on game details. The upshot of ↵⇥Kiffin's gameplan was that Tennessee controlled how Saturday's game was ↵⇥played for the first time in five years. ... And ultimately all the ↵⇥continued media attention has a rattled Meyer embracing a desert island ↵⇥fantasy. ↵
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↵Travis continues to assert that Meyer is "flustered" and so ↵forth and so on. Epic length, similar ideas. ↵

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↵Tennessee fans point to the close score and hug themselves, thinking ↵of a day in the future when Steve Spurrier is on their side and ↵all opposing coaches can do is jump on their hat, Yosemite Sam-style. ↵They're so in love with this idea that they spin the words that are ↵coming out of Kiffin's mouth to mean anything at all. They don't. ↵They're blather. They're fun blather, sure, and Lord knows I support any ↵coach bold enough to snipe at another member of the coaching ↵fraternity -- 120 Jim Tressels would be the death of college football. But ↵in the grander scheme of things it means zero. Urban Meyer is not ↵"flustered." Lane Kiffin, whose team just racked up 210 yards of ↵offense and was basically no threat to Florida in the second half, is ↵not "inside" anyone's head. You don't get inside someone's ↵head by losing. ↵

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↵Steve Spurrier got inside people's heads by beating them relentlessly ↵and then mocking their corpse. Lane Kiffin just talks, and it has no ↵bearing on his future success. Tennessee fans should stop attempting to ↵spin it into anything other than evidence of their coach's immaturity. ↵

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This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

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