Kiffin's kin is in

New Tennessee football coach Lane Kiffin already has hired his brother-in-law and is on the verge of hiring his dad.

David Reaves, quarterback coach and recruiting coordinator at South Carolina, resigned his post with the Gamecocks on Sunday and is already on the road recruiting for the Vols. He is the brother of Lane Kiffin's wife, Layla.

"His role will be determined later," Kiffin said of Reaves. "That was valuable for me to take a guy who was a recruiting coordinator in the SEC and put him on the staff right away. Not having a recruiting coordinator right now, it was important to bring him in, with his background and knowledge of all the players they've been recruiting at South Carolina."

Barring a contract snag, Tampa Bay Bucs defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin will be joining the UT staff in the same capacity. Monte, 68, is Lane's father and a former head coach at North Carolina State.

Chris Kiffin, Lane's younger brother and a graduate assistant at Nebraska, also might be joining the Vol staff.

To date, however, Reaves is the only hire Lane Kiffin is ready to announce for the 2009 Vol staff.

"As far as the staff coming, be patient with us, Tennessee," the new coach said, adding that, "It's got to be just right."

Four holdovers from the 2008 Vol staff – receivers coach Latrell Scott, running backs coach Stan Drayton, offensive line coach Greg Adkins and tight ends coach Jason Michael – are honoring their contracts until Lane Kiffin decides how many (if any) will be rehired for 2009.

"The reason I'm doing that is because I don't have guys lined up in their spots right now, so I'm interviewing them in this process," the new head man said. "If they're going on the road recruiting with us, I'm going to give them a great opportunity to have the job."

Kiffin met Sunday night with all four members of UT's 2008 defensive staff – John Chavis, Dan Brooks, Steve Caldwell and Larry Slade – to let them know they are not being retained.

"The guys that were let go was not based on any evaluation of them as coaches," he said. "It was based on (the fact) I knew where I was going at those positions.

"The last thing I wanted to do was keep those guys around, knowing where I wanted to go (in another direction)," the new coach explained. "I'd especially like to thank Coach Chavis. He had an unbelievable run ... some of the best defenses the SEC has ever seen. So, to Coach Chavis and his staff, I'd like to thank them and (say) best of luck to you."

Kiffin said he is getting great support from the UT administration in lining up the staff he wants before reiterating that "It's going to take time. When it's all said and done, you'll be extremely happy with the staff that comes here.

"Just give us time on it, and understand that it's most important that we do it right, not that we do it fast."


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