Bumped. From March, 2009. GO BRUINS. -N
Our old friend Lame Kiffin continues to insert his foot firmly in his mouth on a daily basis as he tries to survive in the SEC. We start out with recruit Alshon Jeffrey telling us about his experience with Master Cheatie and Cheatie, Jr. when Jeffrey informed them that he had decided to go to South Carolina:
As Southern California's Pete Carroll and Tennessee's Lane Kiffin, along with their assistants, did their best to make a final pitch to Jeffrey in the wee hours of that morning, Jeffrey made sure their conversations were on speaker phone. Mack [note: a player on his high school team] was sitting there listening, too.
"It's a whole different level, and these guys don't give up easily," Wilson said. "I don't blame them. It's what they do. It's how they put bread on their table."
Because he'd been committed to Southern California for so long, Jeffrey said he did inform Carroll that he planned to sign with South Carolina. The Trojans had tried to put the squeeze on Jeffrey earlier in the recruiting process and told him that they were going to pull his offer unless he agreed not to take visits anywhere else.
To make a long story short, Jeffrey took his visits to South Carolina and Tennessee, and the Trojans never quit recruiting him.
"He tried his best to talk me out of it, but my mind was made up," said Jeffrey, who still refers to Carroll as "Pete."
Nice to see that Cheatie is only interested in what is best for the kids. Hard to imagine, but it gets better:
Kiffin was equally dogged. But when it was obvious that Jeffrey wasn't going to Tennessee, Kiffin took off the gloves.
According to Jeffrey and Wilson [note: Wilson is Jeffrey's high school coach who listened to the call on speaker phone with Jeffrey and Mack], Kiffin told Jeffrey that if he chose the Gamecocks, he would end up pumping gas for the rest of his life like all the other players from that state who had gone to South Carolina.
Jeffrey was doing his best to stay awake at that point, but that comment from Kiffin woke him up. He clearly hasn't forgotten it, either.
"He said it, but it's not worth talking about," Jeffrey said.
Wilson was a little more diplomatic. He wrote it off as Kiffin pulling out all of the stops and simply not wanting to concede defeat. Wilson acknowledged that's about as negative as it got that morning.
"It was his last resort. That's all it was," said Wilson, who also attended high school in South Carolina. "When you get pushed against the wall and your back is there, you're going to come out with something. You should have heard coach Carroll. He was wide awake at 3 o'clock in the morning. Remember, he was on West Coast time and fighting to get Alshon to the very end.
"But the war was over at that point."
Stay Classy, Lamey! You too Cheatie Peetie! Hey, here is a tip: when a kid is on speaker phone, always ASSUME OTHER PEOPLE ARE LISTENING TO THE CALL!. Genius!
Of course, Lame denies he said that. With such detail and other witnesses around to hear the call though, what little credibility Lame had left is just about gone.
Kiffin is in so far over his head, it almost isn't even fair. The Ole Ball Coach must even feel sorry for him, because he hasn't commented on Lamey's ill-advised statements (at least as far as I know).
I hope he ends up getting something out of Al Davis, because it is pretty obvious this guy will barely survive the off-season in the SEC. Forget about the regular season. He is toast.
Don't worry, Lame. At least nobody can say you don't have a hot wife: