Kiffin can't resist escalating Urban warfare

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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…

Ole Miss OT Laremy Tunsil to return for Texas A&M on Oct. 24

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As if this day wasn’t busy enough, Ole Miss announced late Monday evening star-crossed offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil‘s suspension has been capped at seven games, meaning he’ll miss Saturday’s trip to Memphis but return in time for Texas A&M visit to The Grove on Oct. 24.

From the university:

The University initially withheld Tunsil from competition at the start of the season as both the NCAA and the University examined several alleged improper benefits.  During the course of the process, it was determined by the NCAA that Tunsil received impermissible extra benefits that included the use of three separate loaner vehicles over a sixth-month period without payment, a four-month interest-free promissory note on a $3,000 down payment for purchasing a used vehicle, two nights of lodging at a local home, an airline ticket purchased by a friend of a teammate, and one day use of a rental vehicle.  In addition, it was determined that Tunsil was not completely forthcoming when initially questioned by NCAA investigators regarding the loaner vehicles.  He later corrected his account and since apologized. 

As part of his reinstatement conditions, the NCAA imposed a seven-game suspension, ordered Tunsil to pay the value of the extra benefits to a charity, perform community service, and he will also make the vehicle down payment.

Said Tunsil: “I take full responsibility for the mistakes I made and want to thank everyone for their continued support. I want to apologize to my teammates, coaches and the entire Ole Miss family for how my choices affected our program. This was a learning experience, and I’m looking forward to being back on the field with my team and redeeming myself. The last 10 months have been a physical and mental battle for me, but I love playing this game more than anything else. I want to be here for my teammates who are depending on me to finish what we started together.”

The news is, obviously, great for Tunsil and head coach Hugh Freeze personally, as well as the entire Ole Miss football program. It’s also a nice plus for NFL scouts, as it means Tunsil’s first live action of 2015 will come against possible future No. 1 draft pick Myles Garrett.

Hope he’s been practicing.

Report: Steve Spurrier set to retire

Steve Spurrier

Say it ain’t so, Steve.

According to a report from Thayer Evans of Sports Illustrated Monday evening, Steve Spurrier is set to retire.

Spurrier, 70, is a legend the likes college football has never seen before and never will again.

He was a Heisman Trophy winning quarterback at Florida, then returned to his alma mater and turned the program into a juggernaut, leading the Gators to 122-27-1 record from 1990-01 and a national championship in 1996. After a stint with the NFL’s Washington Redskins, Spurrier landed at South Carolina, where since 2005 he’s racked up a school record 86 wins.

But those wins slowed down of late. After an SEC East championship in 2010 and three straight 11-2 seasons from 2011-13, the Gamecocks fell to 7-6 in 2014, and are off to a 2-4 mark this fall. With the possibility of losses to nemeses old and new like Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Florida and Clemson ahead, Spurrier, it appears, would rather fade away quietly to the putting green.

Perhaps no two sentences summarize Spurrier, then and now, more precisely than this:

Combined with his three years at Duke, Spurrier closes up shop with a 228-89-2 mark, and a bust in the coaches’ wing of the Hall of Fame waiting for him.