When Lane Kiffin abruptly left Tennessee for Southern Cal three weeks ago, there weren’t many people more surprised than David Reaves.
And that’s quite a statement considering the fact that, one, Reaves was Kiffin’s quarterbacks coach at the time and, two, he had been Kiffin’s brother-in-law for quite a few years.
Still, Reaves had no hint, no clue, that Kiffin was contemplating a move out west. Or that he would not be a part of the relocation.
“The disappointment was more of me not knowing about the situation. You would think that I would have some kind of heads-up on the situation. But that’s how it works out sometimes,” Reaves told The State in a telephone interview recently.
“They had to keep that close to the vest, and I understand that professionally. Sometimes you’ve got to get left out of the loop, and it just so happened to be me this time. But something will work out. We’ll just go from there and learn from it.”
Reaves, who spoke with Kiffin for the first time last weekend since his departure, told the paper that he has a couple of interviews lined up for collegiate openings, and said he would also consider an opening at the NFL level.