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>Kiffin Wants to Play Vols
News “broke” yesterday that former UT coach and all-around general jack-ass Lane Kiffin approached the UT athletic department about the Vols playing USC in 2011. Kiffin wanted it the game to be on a neutral field in Atlanta (he’s smart enough to know that he’d be lynched if he came into Rocky Top) as the Chick-Fil-A kick-off classic.

Mike Hamilton said that UT has declined for the reason that we’ve got our schedule set for 2011, but said the Vols would be interested in the future. This all happened a month ago.

Kiffin “leaked” the news because one of USC’s top guys transferred to UT because, in case you missed it, karma worked as it should and USC is under NCAA sanctions for cheating while Kiffin was there.

Of course, no one from UT mentioned this a month ago. Because we have something Kiffin doesn’t–class. Once again, I’m reminded of just why I’m glad this jackass is gone from Knoxville. Outside of beating the stuffing out Georgia, he really didn’t do much to distinguish himself as a coach during his tenure in Knoxville. All this jackass distinguished himself in was running his mouth and writing checks the players had to cash on the field.

Don’t get me wrong–I’d love to see the Vols play a series against USC. It’d be great for us to beat the stuffing out of them on national TV (because you know ESPN would be slobbering on themselves for the chance to show USC) in a neutral site. It would also be some kind of redemption for the Vols to face the coach who shafted them so. Of course, this all assumes the jack-ass stays around USC for more than a year or two….

The LeBron Show

Tonight at 9 p.m EST, LeBron James wastes an hour of prime-time television to tell us where he’s decided to play basketball next season. Of course, it’s on ESPN, who is being a facilitator in feeding the overinflated ego of this guy. They’ve been doing that since the day his team lost in the playoffs with nearly second-by-second speculation on where he’d play next. Never mind that it’s summer and even though I’m not a huge baseball fan, I’d like to see some highlights occasionally on SportsCenter. Instead we get at least 20 minutes a day of blowharding on where LeBron might go next.

And then we get this special tonight, which will be the biggest waste of 59 minutes and 50 seconds since the season finale of “American Idol.”

Of course, that doesn’t take into account the three-hour SportsCenter leading up to the hour….

Seriously, anything that makes me wish they were showing soccer instead is a terrible, terrible idea.

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