Tennessee fans have heard all week and especially the last three days on national television how their young new head coach had over loaded his mouth and his team was going to pay, at the hands of the Mighty Florida Gators.
Florida media has had a field day, running Lane Kiffin and the Tennessee program into the ground, ok everyone it's time.It's time to shut up and listen.
It's time to listen and pay attention to what this coaching staff is saying and selling, I promise you every national high school prospect in the nation is.
Did the Volunteers win the game, no they didn't. They didn't lose either, especially when it comes to proving to the country that Tennessee Football is on the comeback.
"I can't tell you how impressed I'm with Tennessee," CBS's Tony Barnhart said. "They are playing Monte millions; they got their money's worth today."
Tennessee was in this game throughout the contest, before falling to the No. 1 team in the nation Florida 23-13 on their home turf in the Swamp.
"No we aren't happy," Kiffin told the media after the game. "We played well at times, but we missed some opportunities to win this game."
Everyone made fun of Kiffin and his brash comments, made statements all week about the rookie coach needing to learn to keep his mouth shut.
Thank you ESPN you probably just secured Tennessee the No. 1 recruiting class in the country. While you thought you were going to make him look like a laughing stock, it's Kiffin that going to get the last laugh.
He showed today that he not only talked a good game but had his team prepared to play a good one.
Kiffin never backed down.
He was on the national stage not once, but at least seven to ten times in the last three days prior to this contest. It was apparent it was the media's intent to embarrass the new UT coach and make him a laughing stock, it backfired.
Blah,blah,blah our coach can coach. Our players believe in him and they took it to the defending national champions in the beloved Swamp.
Most Gator fans, if they will admit it, are glad to get out of this one with a win instead of worrying about winning it 200-10 as some Florida media members projected.
So much for the 28 point spread, so much for calling time out and running up the score. Meyer was just happy to get out of this one with a win.
"It was an ugly win," Meyer said after the game. "Anytime you get a win the SEC, it's a great win."
Now talk about a coach changing his tune.
Kiffin and staff had a game plan, they came into Florida wanting to win, but more importantly expecting to win.
When no others believed in them, Kiffin had this team believing in itself. I for one was worried about this team's success this season after last weeks heart breaking loss to UCLA.
I blamed the lack of quarterback play for the loss, while it wasn't far off, Kiffin stuck with the senior signal caller and he played better than expected. Kiffin never put the game in his hands, instead depended on a conservative attack, with Montario Hardesty showing he can get the job done.
What has Kiffin's comments end up doing. Just energizing and giving this program the most publicity that it has had in several years.
Kiffin had the last word in this game.
"We will see them at our place next year."