Lane Kiffin’s farewell press conference in Knoxville was a bizarre scene, starting 30 minutes late and lasting barely 60 seconds (:66!). He thanked no UT-related personnel by name and took no questions.
(”Go Home Traitor! It’s Time.”)
Just outside the media room was this angry throng of students with a sign that read, “Go home traitor! It’s time.“
The KNOXVILLE NEWS-SENTINEL reports:
Dozens of students and fans marched into the Neyland-Thompson Sports Complex on Tuesday night chanting obscenities at Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin, who was informing his players about his departure to Southern California.
The crowd then moved to an office area where an impromptu press conference was being held for Kiffin.
Police were called to quell the crowd, which calmed down once officers arrived.
The crowd eventually became rowdy and were asked to disperse without incident.
At least one obscene sign has already popped up on the UT-Knoxville campus. Photo after the jump.
The abrupt presser was an ugly, classless move by Kiffin.
Though I can’t say anyone is surprised by Kiffin’s disrespectful departure.
And I’ll wager there’s a good many UT fans who are none to upset tonight. More relieved.
UPDATE: A source tells me tonight that Ed Orgeron is already contacting Tennessee commits about coming to USC.