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Kiffin can't resist escalating Urban warfare

Love him, hate him, loathe him, despise him, there’s no denying that Lane Kiffin brings a certain middle-school swagger and Eddie Haskell-meets-buzzing-gnat aura to the big boy SEC coaching table.

In particular, Kiffin seems to take great joy — even if it means going out of his way — in taking a potshot or four at Urban Meyer and Florida whenever the situation allows.  And, this week, the situation has allowed Kiffin to tee it up and take a big ol’ whack at the biggest of the big boys.


Speaking to media earlier today, Kiffin was asked to address two situations involving his BFF Meyer and his BFF’s program that have made a coupla headlines this week.

First, Kiffin — part of the impetus behind new leagues mandates that could have coaches fined/suspended for public shots at SEC officials — was questioned about Meyer seemingly criticizing officials this afternoon for a hit they didn’t call on quarterback Tim Tebow.

His answer?

Urban Meyer?” Kiffin deadpanned according to the Knoxville News Sentinel. “Criticized the officials, wow, that will be interesting. We’ll see.”

(Pardon the interruption while we attempt to clean the smarminess and sarcasm off the screen.)

(There.  Got it.)

Then, Kiffin was asked about the eye-gouging incident involving UF linebacker Brandon Spikes.

“I did see the rerun,” Kiffin said. “It was pretty bad but we’ll worry about our team and what we can control. We’ve got a lot of work to do. Obviously, he’ll discipline his team – or not – however he feels.”

OK, one more time, CliffsNotes-style:

It was pretty bad … he’ll discipline his team — or not …

I don’t know about you, but I’m getting the feeling that this Meyer-Kiffin tiff ain’t going away for quite awhile.  Now, once again, where’s my popcorn…

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  1. SmackMyVickUp says: Nov 4, 2009 11:38 PM

    If only Kiffin could get his team to play against everyone else the way they played Florida and Alabama.
    Starting to like the guy a bit, just can’t stand watching him on the sidelines.

  2. overratedgators says: Nov 4, 2009 11:56 PM

    A little credit where credit is due: he beat Georgia, and he did it WITHOUT any eye gouges.

  3. tryagain says: Nov 5, 2009 12:02 AM

    lols. okay, i’m no kiffin fan, but i gotta say those were some great comments he had there.
    i always thought of kiffin as scrappy doo, but this could not be any truer:
    ‘Lane Kiffin brings a certain middle-school swagger and Eddie Haskell-meets-buzzing-gnat aura to the big boy SEC coaching table.’

  4. gator_prof says: Nov 5, 2009 6:27 AM

    Yawn… Kiffy is looking at a suspension for his mouth diarrhea and may get it before the end of the season.
    As far as his performance goes. He would be good at horseshoes and hand grenades. Maybe Urban will let him look at his trio of crystal balls after this season.
    As far as Kentucky basketball goes….how long until Johnny C. gets KU some vacated final four wins? How desperate can a program get?

  5. JJD says: Nov 5, 2009 7:27 AM

    Mr. Taylor,
    Are you familiar with the expression -“Making a mountain out of a mole hill”? You should be – you’re pretty good at it.
    If this is the best you can find to write, or I should say complain about, in college sports, you need to find a new profession.

  6. hrudey says: Nov 5, 2009 7:35 AM

    I have to say that I think Kiffin’s pretty hilarious. Reminds me a lot of Spurrier at UF, although I’m not sure Kiffin’s teams will ever be able to back it up as much as SOS’s teams did. Of course, I’m not sure it’s necessarily the best idea to give Urban Meyer even more motivation to beat him next time they meet, but I’ll keep on enjoying it nonetheless.

  7. DMurph says: Nov 5, 2009 8:58 AM

    What a clown… but this is great stuff

  8. plfalzar says: Nov 5, 2009 10:24 AM

    Hey gator_prof:
    Its UK, not KU. Unless there’s a Johnny C. at Kansas I don’t know about. Kentucky is in your conference for deity’s sake, man.
    Kiffin has a big mouth, but he’s no worse than Spurrier ever was. Heard of him? He played and coached at Florida University. Or is that the University of Florida?
    FU or UF?
    Anyway, both guys are very entertaining, and he actually makes a good point this time: Meyer should be suspended based on the SEC’s “hard stance” last week. And if he doesn’t, then maybe robertg isn’t as OCD as I thought…

  9. KC_Vols says: Nov 5, 2009 10:30 AM

    Kiffin does it and he is a clown….Spurrier does it and its just a “good ole southern boy” being silly.
    Urban’s reign is coming to an end. Timmy won’t save him anymore after this year.

  10. Patches O'Houlahan says: Nov 5, 2009 10:47 AM

    Kiffin is a breath of fresh air! That guy cracks me up!

  11. Deb says: Nov 5, 2009 11:43 AM

    Little Lanie Kiffin! No wonder Al Davis stopped speaking to him. He was probably frustrated that he wasn’t allowed to spank him :-)
    @JJD … Good heavens, who poured Castor Oil into your Cheerios?
    @pflalzar … “FU or UF” That’s hysterical!! Haven’t you politely reminded the “prof” once before that it’s UK? If people can’t behave respectfully … well, you should “FU” in all your posts about his school. (And how do you get to be a prof if you can’t count? So far they’ve only won two crystal balls under Meyer. Imagine if he had to count all the way to 12 like I do.)

  12. rolltide says: Nov 5, 2009 12:21 PM

    It’s going to take a lot more then Timmy graduating for the vols to beat Florida. Oh wait, Tennessee fans are into moral victories. There will be plenty of those next year, don’t worry.

  13. texasPHINSfan says: Nov 5, 2009 12:44 PM

    i don’t see what is so juicy here?
    you have a bunch of press guys baiting the crap out of kiffin bringing up meyer in a press conference that has NOTHING to do with florida. then you have the press trying to instigate by asking more questions about meyer.
    why was the press asking kiffin about meyer? what does this have to do with anything?
    i don’t think kiffin’s comments were inflammatory. he obviously doesn’t like meyer, the world knows this, and his comments weren’t surprising.
    car wrecks aren’t nearly as much fun to rubberneck if their forced & staged, guys.

  14. mike says: Nov 5, 2009 1:31 PM

    Keep it going Kiffin! Love it!

  15. JJD says: Nov 5, 2009 2:17 PM

    Sorry to offend you, but I am a fan of good college football and journalism. For this article, Mr. Taylor did not perfom, so I’m benching him.
    Read texasPHINSfan comments. I couldn’t agree more.

  16. Deb says: Nov 5, 2009 2:45 PM

    You didn’t offend, JJD, and I hope I didn’t. It’s all in good fun. I agree that the reporters at the press conferences are poking these coaches to get a reaction and stir up more controversy. They’re like a pack of wolves tearing at a piece of meat and many of them have lost the ethical line between covering the news and creating it.
    But John’s a blogger, not a reporter covering a press conference or interviewing a coach. It’s commentary, not reportage. Different animal, different standard of journalism. His post was pretty tongue-in-cheek and I just thought you (and now texasPHINSfan) were taking him a little too seriously–thus the Castor Oil comment.
    But we’re all entitled to our opinions.

  17. texasPHINSfan says: Nov 5, 2009 3:00 PM

    Deb – you could probably play the tongue-in-cheek card if it was a one-time thing, or maybe even twice.
    i’ve read this site for awhile, never posting. it seems very recently there is a recurring theme of anti-florida editorials in his posts. he IS a blogger, but if he’s trying to alienate a lot of people and paint this site as an anti-florida site, he’s doing a good job.
    as i’ve said ad nauseum, i’m not even an SEC guy, could care less about florida, and i’m sick of the hate and bias coming out of it.
    entries like this are exactly what i’m talking about – this is a non-story, but it plays well to the anti-florida crowd. drum up those hits, Taylor.

  18. Deb says: Nov 5, 2009 4:31 PM

    @texasPHINSfan …
    Oh I’m not getting anti-Fla at all! John’s the only one who knows how he feels about Fla., just as Florio’s the only one who knows which NFL team he really supports. People are always accusing Florio of backing this team or hating on that, and I think he loves and hates on everyone about the same. John, too. Frankly, if anything, he seems to think Kiffin is a dipstick.
    I’m a Bama fan and can’t stand Florida but I’ve vigorously defended the Gators on all the SEC conspiracy nonsense because every time a team builds a powerhouse, the goofballs whine that they cheat. I’m sure that’s not lost on John. My impression has been that several of his posts are tongue in cheek–except for the Spikes stuff (and that gouging looked nasty). But it’s his job to point out what’s happening, silly or not, and–as you say–to drum up hits. That’s how he makes a living, and I can’t fault him for that.

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