Kiffin leaves Rocky Top for USC

Tennessee fans got shocking news here Tuesday night when they learned first year head coach Lane Kiffin has left Knoxville to take the head coaching job at USC. Kiffin met with the Vol Football players at 9:00 before a short meeting with the press at 9:30. Go "Inside" for the latest on the situation.

Rocky Top was rocked here Tuesday night when Lane Kiffin announced he was leaving Knoxville to return to Los Angeles to take over as the head coach at USC.

Shocking is an understatement.

No one expected the first year head coach of the Volunteers to leave so soon.

While the fan base was a little split over Kiffin's brashness, no one expected him to leave Tennessee after just one season.

A group of over 100 students marched on campus Wednesday night, holding a sign encouraging him to arrive in California as soon as possible.

The Tennessee Athletic Department called a press conference at 9:30 p.m. to address the situation, that conference was delayed.

It's reported that Kiffin will indeed become the next head coach at USC and will take his father Monte to USC as his defensive coordinator. Other assistants expected to follow Kiffin to California include Ed Orgeron and James Cregg.

It's expected that Kippy Brown, who was recently hired to be named as interim head coach.

One area concern is the Vols top rated recruiting class.

The Volunteers had 10 early enrollees scheduled to begin class in Knoxville on Wednesday. Since they have not attended classes and they haven't signed their national letter of intent, it's uncertain if they are tied to the school.

"There hasn't been one day since I have been here that I haven't given this university my all," Kiffin said. "Ten months later this team is much better than what I was when I got here."

The press conference was cut short, with Kiffin answering no other questions.

Stay tuned to InsideTennessee.com for the latest on the situation.


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