You just knew it was coming, right? You just knew that, in the week leading up to the biggest game of the season thus far, Lane Kiffin would say something to work his way into the Championship Week conversation.
Of course, the Tennessee head coach didn’t disappoint. And, of course, that something was yet another dig in the general direction of his BFF Urban Meyer.
During an interview with WNML-AM in Knoxville, Kiffin was asked about the upcoming SEC Championship game between Florida and Alabama.
“It’s kind of hard to call,” Kiffin said by way of the Mobile Press-Register. “There’s a bunch of great players on both teams. Florida has so much speed. I think you’ll see Alabama will outscheme Florida, and Florida has given up 28 sacks this year when a bunch of guys come free. But the problem is Superman (quarterback Tim Tebow) is back there. It comes down to can you tackle him.
“It will be a real interesting matchup. Florida has better players, and Alabama has better coaches, so we’ll see.”
Simply put, Kiffin just can’t control himself when it comes to the Florida head coach. It’s almost as if he’s the third-grade boy sitting in class behind a girl with pigtails.
He just has to yank on those pigtails, even though the girl outweighs him by 120 pounds and has kicked his ass in the past for doing that very thing.
While Meyer may not agree, I’m slowly turning the corner and beginning to believe that Kiffin is good for college football in general and the SEC specifically.
If he can coach and build a football program half as well as he runs his mouth, the Volunteers have themselves a keeper. And Meyer will have a verbal thorn in his side for years to come.