Lane Kiffin will be introduced as UT’s coach today and might bring his dad Monte Kiffin with him as the Vols defensive coordinator. This word from Cecil Carr of GREENSBOROSports.com and sources from BIG ORANGE COUNTRY….*****(Monte Kiffin is making 2 million dollars a year as the defensive coordinator for the Tampa Buccaneers, but he is set to join his son Lane in Knoxville according to Cecil Carr and ESPN.)*****
Tennessee will introduce former Oakland Raiders head coach Lane Kiffin as the program’s 21st head coach during a 2 p.m. press conference today, UT announced on its Web site Sunday evening.
“During the past few weeks, we have been on the road meeting with prospective coaches and talking to some of football’s most influential and knowledgeable players and coaches about the future of the Tennessee football program,” UT athletic director Mike Hamilton said in a statement.
“We have had unbelievable interest from great coaches. When it was all said and done, we felt like Lane Kiffin was a perfect fit for Tennessee. He’s energetic, charismatic, consumed with recruiting and has had a lifelong love affair with football.”
The word on Monte Kiffin coming to Rocky Top:
Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin will be Tennesseeâ€™s next defensive coordinator, ESPN NFL analyst Chris Mortensen reported Sunday, citing multiple unnamed sources.
Kiffin’s son, Lane, is expected to be introduced as Tennessee’s next head coach sometime Monday.
Kiffin, 68, will join UT after Tampaâ€™s season is finished, the report said.
Kiffin has been with the Buccaneers since 1995 and is the NFL’s highest paid defensive coordinator, reportedly earning more than $2 million a year. John Chavis earned $340,000 this season to coach Tennessee’s defense and linebackers. UT paid its nine on-field assistant coaches a combined $1.935 million this season.
*****from Cecil Carr, courtesy of govolsxtra.com*****