Given the “verbosity” of Lane Kiffin throughout the offseason, this has been, for the most part, a rather quiet run-up to the Tennessee-Florida showdown in the Swamp.
Kiffin, with the exception of one little jab at Urban Meyer‘s spread offense, has been open mouthed and on bended knee while praising the Gators. Other than one Gator stating that Kiffin’s offseason barbs “kinda hit a nerve“, UF has been even more tight-lipped than their opponents.
Ex-Gator and current Miami Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder has decided to take the exact same tack as his former school, only in a completely and totally different way.
In other words, the always loquacious Crowder took a verbal baseball bat and Al Capone‘d the Vols’ new coach.
Speaking to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Crowder got the party started by saying that Meyer will “beat the sh-t out of” Kiffin. Then he really let his dreads down.
“Lane Kiffin bit off more than he could chew,” Crowder said of the coach’s offseason accusations and boasts. “If Urban does good he’ll pull the dogs off, he tries to all the time but our second and third-stringers are better than most first-string teams by far. He’s not going to pull the dogs off and I don’t want him to get Tebow hurt, but I want to beat the (expletive) out of them at least by 30 or 40. And let Lane shut the (expletive) up the rest of the time he’s in the SEC.”
Well, not a whole lot of gray area there. Nor is there in his predictions for the outcome of the SEC opener for both teams.
“He’ll call them off maybe fourth quarter with three minutes left, put in our third string which is probably still better than Tennessee’s first string. It’ll be a cake walk. … I want to be a coach someday and beat the (expletive) out of people.”
(Wait, Crowder wants to emulate Tom Cable?)
Of course, what an ex-player says ahead of a rivalry game has little if any bearing on the game itself, but at least it’s added a little bit of spice to what has otherwise been a lackluster week. On the field tomorrow, of course, will likely be another story entirely…