Et Tu, Monte?
January 13, 2010 at 10:11am by Scott • 2 Comments »
I think one of the most disappointing aspects of Lane Kiffin‘s desertion of Tennessee is Monte Kiffin‘s silence. The guy’s just so energetic and in every interview he seemed genuinely excited to be a part of the University and the program and would proclaim how he wasn’t going anywhere. Remember this?
“I didn’t coach in the NFL 25 years to come to Tennessee and get experience to go back to the NFL. I’m not here because of my kid and grandkids — that may be a little bit of the reason — but I’m going to tell you right here, I’m not going. I’m going to stay right here, I love it here and I’m going to coach here as long as I can coach.”
I remember reading that a couple months ago and swelling with pride as the godfather of my favorite pro team went to bat for my college team and gave us his word that he wasn’t going anywhere. At the time, “anywhere” meant retirement or the NFL. I guess Los Angeles doesn’t count as a place.
Of course I’m not surprised that he’s leaving with Lane. I’m just immensely disappointed. I’m not sure what he could have done, but I know “nothing” isn’t the answer. Warren Sapp always seemed to be hesitant to give Monte credit for his success, choosing instead to talk up Rod Marinelli. Anytime I hear Sapp speak about Monte now, there’s always a touch of disdain in his voice. I guess now we know why. You fucked us, Monte.
Ha! As I typed this, this came over Twitter:
Monte Kiffin on air in Knoxville this morning, just committed secondary violation by mentioning recruit by name. Exit as you enter.
How does the PAC-10 handle these kinds of violations? Do they send bitchy hairdressers to slap you and call you mean? Everyone in California is gay, right?
I’ll see if I can find what he said on the air.