Now that Lane Kiffin has been removed from the Raiders, there’s rampant speculation on where the former Oakland coach & USC coordinator might find employment.
We mentioned earlier that Kiffin could end up sitting in the saddle at Syracuse, since Greg Robinson’s tenure is more or less at an end. (Getting no support from the school AD certainly doesn’t help, either. But would you support a team that gets zipped 42-28 by Akron at home?)
Now, new rumors are popping up that Kiffin could be donning an Orange shirt, but not in upstate New York. How does Knoxville sound instead?
ESPN.com’s Bruce Feldman chimes in on where Lane should be lugging his luggage to next:
I have a hunch that if Kiffin is coaching a team in orange next year, it might be more likely to be Tennessee. The Volunteers could do a lot worse. Kiffin would bring some much-needed new energy and ideas to Knoxville.
What, Smokey isn’t satisfied with Phillip Fulmer leading this season’s Vols squad to a 1-3 record, including a 30-6 home blowout at the hands of Florida, and a Labor Day loss to UCLA - the same UCLA who followed up with a 59-0 beatdown at the hands of BYU?
Well, if UT can’t manage a win against Northern Illinois this weekend at Neyland Stadium, then it’s time to knock Phil off Rocky Top.
But what about the ‘Cuse? Matt Hayes of the SPORTING NEWS thinks that in the search for a new coach, the Orange shouldn’t fix their gaze so far west:
Robinson, of course, leads any hot seat list every week he remains on the sideline. Syracuse AD Daryl Gross already is talking about Raiders coach Lane Kiffin (Uh, Daryl, I’ve got a feeling Kiffin will have better opportunities than the ‘Cuse). A more realistic option for Syracuse: Buffalo coach Turner Gill.
Gill has done an admirable job at traditional MAC bottom-feeder Buffalo. And in a season with a new movie about Ernie Davis hitting the theaters, hiring an African-American coach would make the late Heisman winner & first African-American player to win the trophy quite proud.
But then what about Buffalo? Well, if this all plays out, there might be a certain SEC coach available for hire.