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Tennessee turns down chance for 2011 showdown with Kiffin and USC. Huh?

(Cue the Carolina Liar)

You would think that Tennessee would jump at any chance to go after Lane Kiffin so they could "rip out his heart and rip that sucker flat" (to paraphrase Lewis Grizzard who would be watching it down from Heaven with Catfish and UGAs I-VII with a huge grin on his face). But nope. Tennessee has turned down an offer by Kiffin to face USC  in the 2011 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game. The Vols are claiming scheduling conflicts for declining the offer.
A look at the Vols' 2011 schedule doesn't  show any real scheduling conflicts, but is is full at the moment. It might be a little more than a cakewalk for Derek Dooley's team, though. In addition to the SEC East, the Vols face Alabama, LSU, and Arkansas, which are pretty much the "Big Three" in the SEC West at the moment. (Shut up, Auburn.) Plus, the out of conference schedule features a visit from Cincinnati and a trip to North Carolina. Both of which could easily into the "trap game" column. It isn't the toughest schedule, but it could be a challenge for a rebuilding program.
Besides, Tennessee is already scheduled for the 2012 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game against NC State. That's three trips to Georgia in two years, SEC Championship Games not included (yeah, right). Even with Georgia being Dooley's home state, His Hairness might not want to travel down that close to Athens that much. (It's awkward enough for Vince and Barbara  as it is).
There are a lot of open slots for a USC-Tennessee game in 2012 from the looks of things, but one would suspect Kiffen wants a neutral field so he doesn't have to travel back to Knoxville. And if Tennessee agreed to face the Trojans, that might not be an option for him.

(via ESPN Los Angeles)


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(Cue the Carolina Liar)

You would think that Tennessee would jump at any chance to go after Lane Kiffin so they could "rip out his heart and rip that sucker flat" (to paraphrase Lewis Grizzard who would be watching it down from Heaven with Catfish and UGAs I-VII with a huge grin on his face). But nope. Tennessee has turned down an offer by Kiffin to face USC  in the 2011 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game. The Vols are claiming scheduling conflicts for declining the offer.
A look at the Vols' 2011 schedule doesn't  show any real scheduling conflicts, but is is full at the moment. It might be a little more than a cakewalk for Derek Dooley's team, though. In addition to the SEC East, the Vols face Alabama, LSU, and Arkansas, which are pretty much the "Big Three" in the SEC West at the moment. (Shut up, Auburn.) Plus, the out of conference schedule features a visit from Cincinnati and a trip to North Carolina. Both of which could easily into the "trap game" column. It isn't the toughest schedule, but it could be a challenge for a rebuilding program.
Besides, Tennessee is already scheduled for the 2012 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game against NC State. That's three trips to Georgia in two years, SEC Championship Games not included (yeah, right). Even with Georgia being Dooley's home state, His Hairness might not want to travel down that close to Athens that much. (It's awkward enough for Vince and Barbara  as it is).
There are a lot of open slots for a USC-Tennessee game in 2012 from the looks of things, but one would suspect Kiffen wants a neutral field so he doesn't have to travel back to Knoxville. And if Tennessee agreed to face the Trojans, that might not be an option for him.

(via ESPN Los Angeles)



Posted originally: 2010-07-07 15:34:00
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