Palardy looking forward to hearing from UT

This has been a stressful week for Tennessee commitments and prospects. A lot has happened in a week, and Michael Palardy is looking forward to hearing from new Volunteer Head Coach Derek Dooley. Go "Inside" to get Palardy's thoughts on the abrupt Lane Kiffin departure and how he feels about his pledge to the Vols.

It's no secret Michael Palardy loves the University of Tennessee.

Palardy, like most of Vol Nation, was shocked and surprised by Lane Kiffin abruptly leaving the University of Tennessee on Tuesday night.

"It's been pretty stressful this week," Palardy told "You have to accept it and move on. I made my commitment to Tennessee not to Lane Kiffin."

Palardy has scheduled an official visit to Miami next weekend just in case things fall through at Rocky Top.

"I'm totally committed to Tennessee," Palardy said. "I will take a visit to Miami to have an option or two in case things fall through at Tennessee for me."

One reason for a little of Palardy's uncertainty is that he hasn't heard from anyone on Tennessee's new coaching staff.

"I haven't heard from anyone yet," Palardy said. "I will feel better once I get a chance to talk to Coach Dooley and find out how he feels toward me."

Palardy fell in love with Rocky Top and the school.

"I love Tennessee, there is no doubt about that," Palardy said. "I don't see myself playing anywhere else; I just want to have a backup plan."

Palardy also doesn't judge Kiffin for his decision.

"It's not my place to judge him," Palardy said. "This stuff happens all over the country. USC was his dream job and that's really where he wants to be. I was just shocked because while he was recruiting me, he kept telling us how much he loved it at Tennessee."

Palardy is the No. 1 rated kicker in the nation and a four-star prospect by

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