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Thursday February 5, 2009

You’ve all probably heard about or even seen the video in which Lane Kiffin takes smug satisfaction in busting Urban Meyer on a minor recruiting violation.

“Just so you know, when a recruit is on another campus, you can’t call him,” Kiffin said. “I love the fact that Urban had to cheat and still didn’t get him.”

The only problem: it wasn’t a violation, and Meyer wasn’t cheating.

Kiffin’s accusation is false, because there is no NCAA rule that prohibits a coach from calling a prospect while he’s visiting another school during a contact period. This past weekend was a contact period.

So not only did Kiffin taunt and poke a stick at the defending SEC and national champ, he showed off his inexperience and lack of knowledge of the recruiting rules in spectacular fashion. Florida AD Jeremy Foley didn’t miss the opportunity to score his own points in defense of his head coach:

There was no rule violation and we have confirmed this with the Southeastern Conference. It is obvious that Coach Kiffin doesn’t know that there is not a rule precluding phone contact with a prospect during an official visit on another campus during a contact period…His comments not only slandered our coach, but he violated SEC rules by publicly criticizing another coach and institution.

This is going to be fun. Tennessee’s not going to fade away as a competitive threat, but we can’t say we weren’t warned about what kind of coach Tennessee would be getting.

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  • I’ll take Floriduh & the over. Evidently Kiffin didn’t see what the gaytuds did to avenge the celebration.

    May God be with him.