It goes without saying that Lane Kiffin is not exactly Mr. Popular in Knoxville these days.
However, he does still have his pockets of supporters, as evidenced by the video that will follow.
Sung to the tune of a Soul Asylum– hit, “Runaway Lane” is a little ditty that embraces all that was good and righteous about the 14-month Kiffin Era with the Volunteers. At least I think it does. Either that or it drags his name even further into the mud. One of the two.
I will say one thing that I know for certain about this montage: the Photoshop job that accompanies the lines “had no chance against Urban and Saban…” and “ran away from Urban and Saban…” is something that will forever be burned into the far reaches of my mind, the very places I’m scared to go to in the first place.
Oh, and the kid-on-the-tricycle scene is exceptionally well done as well. I smell an Oscar for editing and/or cinematography.
(Writer’s note: Edited to give the proper credit to Soul Asylum. Apparently, I was not a big fan of that group. Or Tom Petty either.)
6-foot-7, 370-pound ninth grader claims an Alabama offer
This is literally some big news: Kiyaunta Goodwin tweeted Sunday that he had been offered a scholarship by Alabama. Normally, we wouldn’t write about a player reporting a single scholarship offer, but this one is different.
Goodwin stands six feet and seven inches, and tips the scale at 370 pounds. He also recently completed eighth grade.
The Louisville native has already been offered by the Bluegrass State’s triumvirate of Kentucky, Louisville and Western Kentucky and took unofficial visits to Georgia, Ohio State and Michigan ahead of last weekend’s Tuscaloosa trek.
While doctors say Goodwin could end up topping seven feet tall, the plan, for now, is to keep him in cleats.
Said former Louisville football player and Goodwin’s trainer Chris Vaughn to Bleacher Reportearlier this year: “I’ve been blessed to work with a lot of kids who are genetically blessed, but he’s different. He’s the 1 percent of the 1 percent. I’ve talked with coaches who have told me he’s going to be the No. 1 player in the country and the No. 1 draft pick.”
Urban Meyer calls LSU QB Joe Burrow “a Buckeye forever”
The majority of players that end up transferring from one school to another probably leave on mostly positive terms with their previous school. In the case of quarterback Joe Burrow, there appear to be absolutely no bitter hostilities left at the table at Ohio State as far as Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer is concerned.
Speaking to the media at a job fair recently at Ohio State, Meyer gave a glowing review of the conversations he had with Burrow and his family before Burrow made his decision to transfer to LSU.
“It was a situation that his last two weeks of spring were excellent,” Meyer said, according to 247 Sports. “I just talked to him the other day and his family, I saw his dad. He’s great. He’s a Buckeye forever and he’s going to go do the best he can at LSU and wish him well and I understand.”
Washington State head coach Mike Leach remains one of the most intriguing coaches to follow on Twitter simply because you never know what to expect to pop up on his timeline. On Sunday evening, Leach shared a video of former President Barack Obama in an attempt to open a dialogue about government. The biggest problem with that was the fact the video had been heavily edited to omit major portions of the speech Obama was giving, and the trimmed down quotes pulled together offer a different meaning.
The tweet in question, which remains standing on Leach’s timeline as of Monday morning (UPDATE: The tweet has been removed from Leach’s account);
Listen to this. Text your thoughts. There is a lot of disagreement on government, so I think that an open discussion is always in order. Tweet your thoughts. Maybe we can all learn something. https://t.co/7IwZ0kxuw8
As quickly as Leach started receiving blowback from people on Twitter for sharing an edited video clip that fits a political narrative that contrasts the fuller context of the speech, Leach went on a tweet and retweet frenzy defending his attempt to spark a conversation.
I’m not sure that it happened. What do you disagree with? It happens to me all of the time, so I’m not sympathetic to any of them
You have the individual saying the WORDS. Argue the context of the words if you want, but do you agree or disagree with them? Everyone knows what was said. Agreement or disagreement is the question. If it is distorted, does it ever happen to other people?
Whether the video was doctored or not never seemed to be something Leach was concern3d about, as he was more focused on the lines that were recited. Whatever the reasoning for sharing the video, Leach sure found a way to keep busy on Twitter as he defended his original tweet.
I feel like none of you get it- Coach isn’t trying to say that the video is real or the truth- he’s just asking what people think of what it means to give rights to a central power, the “order”. It’s a thought experiment.
Whether you agree or disagree with Leach and his political views, there is no questioning he is up for a discussion at any time.
UPDATE: Wouldn’t you know it, but literally seconds after this post was originally published, Leach tweeted a link to the full Obama speech.
This is the complete speech. I agree that the video was incomplete. However, I believe discussion on how much or how little power that our Gov should have is important……Remarks by the President in Address to European Youth: https://t.co/BnNzxyivyN
It’s been well over a year since the NCAA reached a settlement in a class-action lawsuit over grant-in-aid/cost of attendance and yet the $208 million the organization is still just sitting in a bank account waiting to be doled out. While you might first think that this is the result of the usual dragging of their feet from those in Indianapolis, it turns out that is not the case at all.
USA Today is reporting that it’s actually former Western Michigan wide receiver Darrin Duncan who is the one holding things up. He withdrew from the class-action case but his attorney, Caroline Tucker, “attempted to obtain $200,000 from the plaintiffs’ lawyers in exchange for dropping the objection.” The lawyers on the plaintiffs’ side have naturally responded in force, asking either of the two to post a five-figure bond to cover their own legal fees resulting from this delay. The judge in the case, Claudia Wilken, knocked that down to $5,000 last Friday by calling Tucker/Duncan’s objection to the case “meritless and thus his appeal is unlikely to succeed.”
At this point, Duncan/Tucker can either put up the money and risk losing it to continue their objection or drop things and let the payments — which could go as high as $6,000 per athlete — begin. While this is naturally focused on money, there’s a bit more to what the former Broncos receiver is going through:
All of this is occurring against the backdrop of Duncan dealing with personal hardship.
Now 28, he has been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, according to his mother and a GoFundMe page established on his behalf about a year ago. He has received death threats because of his objection to the settlement, his mother, Arleen Pollard, said in an interview with USA TODAY Sports.
It does appear as though a solution to this long-running saga is in the cards somewhat soon but until then, the wait continues before the checks can start hitting the mail.