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- Tennessee came under fire for agreeing to hire Greg Schiano and then backing out of the deal under public pressure.
- Since the Schiano deal fell apart, several coaches have reportedly turned down Tennessee’s overtures.
- Lane Kiffin used the mess as an opportunity to take a shot at his former school.
The University of Tennessee’s search for a new football coach has turned into a complete mess and now one of their former coaches is adding insult to their injury.
One name some Tennessee fans would like to turn to next is their former coach and current Florida Atlantic coach Lane Kiffin. If it wasn’t clear before, Kiffin is more interested in taking shots at Tennessee than coaching them again. On Wednesday evening, Kiffin tweeted out a Photoshopped photo of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un with the caption, “BREAKING NEWS: Kim Jung Un has turned down the Tennessee job.”
Over the weekend, it was reported that Tennessee was set to hire Greg Schiano as their next football coach. However, the school backed out of that deal after public outcry over both his resume as a coach and his links to the Jerry Sandusky scandal at Penn State.
Kiffin was the Vols’ head coach for one season before leaving to take the same position at USC. Kiffin was accused of abandoning the program too quickly and students famously burned mattresses in protest when the news broke, something he joked about when Dan Mullen tweeted about leaving Mississippi State to become the new head coach at the University of Florida.
The Jong Un tweet was not the first time Kiffin had addressed the Tennessee coaching search. In a more direct tweet, he called a report about his interest in the job “#nottrue.”