The abrupt resignation of Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin after one season as Head Coach, in order to take the coaching job at Southern Cal, is a total abomination of what college athletics is supposed to be about. Kiffin is nothing but a prostitute and the colleges that pay him are no better than common, drooling "Johns" waiting for a "trick".
You can throw terms like character, commitment, scholarship and all the other glowing phrases that the NCAA uses to avoid paying the athletes out the window. Obviously, it's all lip service and means nothing.
I am a 1978 alumni of UT Knoxville, who used to be a fan, season ticket holder, and contributor to the UT Athletic Department. I had my eyes opened when the athletic department bullied Johnny Majors from his post after he suffered a heart attack and was replaced with then golden child, Phil Fulmer.
At times, I have tried to regain a fondness for the university, but under the Fulmer regime, they stocked the team with thugs and criminals which made it difficult to justify any emotional attachment to the school that I used to hold to dearly since my values so differed from theirs.
I have been interested in watching Bruce Pearl, who seems like a decent guy, and appears to want to run a clean program. One of my proudest recent moments as a Vol was his recent action clearing out the bad element from the basketball team in spite of how it would affect the win-loss record.
Likewise, I had high hopes that Kiffin would clean up the program and return integrity to a team that has been void of anything good for many years. As it turns out, he was as much of the cancer that has infected the program as anything else.
Goodbye, and good riddance Lane. I hope the door does hit you in the ass, Hard! You deserve it!
Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass