“When it was obvious that (wideout Alshon) Jeffrey wasn’t going to Tennessee, Lane Kiffin took off the gloves,” writes ESPN’s Chris Low. Did Tennessee’s new head coach accuse the competition of cheating? Nope, been there, done that.
According to Jeffrey and his high school coach Walter Wilson, Kiffin (above) 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.