The University of Tennessee hired former Oakland Raiders coach, Lane Kiffin, as their new coach. Anyone who watched the news conference didn’t even notice Lane Kiffin, his wife Layla should have been the one answering questions. My questions would be “Really? Lane Kiffin?, “Lane and Layla Kiffin, did you guys just make up those names?” and “How does it feel to be married to the man who will be getting beat by Spurrier, Meyer, and Miles on a weekly basis?”
Lane Kiffin isn’t new to the college game, he was a mid-level assistant at USC before taking the Oakland Raiders head coaching job. It is rumored that he is bringing his father, defensive coordinator for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, along to run the defense at Tennessee. I wouldn’t have just taken Lane Kiffin either, it was a smart move by either the university or by Lane’s people to get his father involved in getting him the job. Tampa Bay has had a great defense since Kiffin’s father has been the defensive coordinator and should bring another exciting defense to the SEC. In two or three years it should be fun to watch the Vols play teams like LSU, Florida, and Alabama. I’m not sold on Lane Kiffin’s head coaching ability, but with his father there, I’m sure he will be able to delegate responsibility to qualified coaches.
Enough talking about Lane Kiffin, I’m sure about 95% people who are reading this just wants to know about Layla Kiffin. It looks like she has a couple cookie-cutter kids and that’s about all the information we could find. When Tennessee starts the season next fall, look for a lot of camera time for Layla Kiffin. Remember when the Cubs and Marlins were playing the “Bartman Series” and they kept showing Kerry Wood’s wife in the stands, expect that same camera work in 2009 and beyond.