Will Gran's move affect Palardy's decision?

When a prospect commits to a certain school is he making his pledge based on an assistant coach or is he making his decision based on the university? In the case of the nations' No. 1 kicker by Scout.com, the latter is more appropriate. Go "Inside" this story to read how Michael Palardy is reacting to UT losing assistant coach Eddie Gran.

InsideTennessee.com spoke to Michael Palardy on Monday night to find out how he was reacting to the news that the coach that recruited him for several years has now relocated. Eddie Gran established a relationship with the all-star kicker while Gran was an assistant at Auburn.

Now that Gran has taken a new job at Florida State, many Volunteer fans worried that it could cause Palardy to change his mind about Rocky Top.

Apparently that's not the case. When asked how Gran's departure would affect his decision, Palardy was quick to respond.

"No not at all," Palardy said. "I committed to the University of Tennessee, not a certain position coach. A lot of assistants come and go; that's just part of the business."

Palardy got the chance to talk to Coaches Lane Kiffin and Monte Kiffin on Monday, and was expecting the Tennessee head coach for a home visit shortly after this interview.

"It was great to get a chance to talk to Coach Kiffin," Palardy said. "The head coach being there during my stay at Tennessee is important. I chose a school and a head coach. I like the direction that Coach Kiffin has this program going. That's what is important to me. He told me he plans on staying at UT for a long time."

Palardy is glad to see Gran is doing well.

"I'm proud for him and his family," Palardy said. "He seems to be an awesome coach and he is a great person. With all of his Florida connections he will do well at FSU."

Palardy, on the other hand, hopes to do well at the University of Tennessee.

"I'm excited about my opportunity at UT," Palardy said. "I'm with Kiffin; I want to win a lot of games and a lot of championships while I'm at Rocky Top."

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