Kiffin embraces UT traditions

Few football programs are more steeped in tradition than Tennessee's, and many Vol fans fret that new head coach Lane Kiffin will turn his back on the program's rich history.

Not a chance, Kiffin says.

"I'm really looking forward to embracing some of the great traditions at the University of Tennessee," he said during his introduction to the media earlier today. "For instance, the Vol Walk, running through The T, singing Rocky Top all night long after we beat Florida next year."

When that last comment drew a smattering of applause and dozens of chuckles, Kiffin nodded toward athletics director Mike Hamilton and quipped, "That line was Mike's idea, by the way. All right, Urban?"

Presumably, the coaches and players will continue to recite Bob Neyland's "game maxims" prior to each game, as well.

In addition to embracing Tennessee's traditions, Kiffin promised to embrace its work ethic. Vol fans can tolerate a lack of success. They cannot tolerate a lack of effort. Kiffin says they'll never have to.

"I want the Tennessee family to know that I'm rolling my sleeves up and going to work. I'm not promising how many wins we're going to have, how many championships. I can't do that. I don't know. There are too many variables.

"But I can tell you this right now: No one is going to outwork us. No one is going to outwork me as a head coach and no one is going to outwork our staff that is put together. That's the promise I'm giving you. The wins will come after that."

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