''Griff is a friend,'' Peterson said during his Monday news conference. ''He's not somebody I hang out with all the time but when I heard about it, I just kind of chuckled. Griff is an interesting fellow, a very likeable guy.''
Asked what other shows of support he has gotten, Peterson replied: ''Back at my office, I'd say I've got 20 to 25 letters from people. There's been all kinds of support.... I've gotten a tremendous amount of support, and I appreciate everybody.
''This is the place I've always said I've always loved. I remember as a kid watching Tennessee beating Kentucky at Kentucky. It's a special place.''