November 25, 2008
I don't want to be a spreader of half-truths and gossip, especially in an environment where the real truth lately has been more volatile and confrontational than I want any part of. But in addition to very confident message boarders ($) and a Memphis radio station, three different Web sites today are citing "a trustworthy source," "sources close to the Tennessee coaching search" and simply "multiple sources" that all source the same thing: Lane Kiffin will be announced as Tennessee head coach on Dec. 1, which is next Monday, two days after Phil Fulmer's finale against Kentucky.
The last thing the Doc ever wants to be in these matters is a sucker, so as far as I'm concerned, this still falls into the category of interesting but highly unreliable chatter; these sites are, in my professional estimation, totally sketchy. But it is out there. And if the photoshoppin', gun-jumpin' renegades of the Web are right, even accidentally, well, remember where you heard it first the next time your instincts tell you it's not true until it's on one of those "responsible" sites, you know, the ones set up by those things they used to print on dead trees.
And if they're wrong? I mean, it's the Internet. Of course they're wrong.
UPDATE: ESPN's Chris Low, who is totally a blogger (albeit of the reportorial variety), adds to the Kiffin fuel in his late afternoon mailbag without saying Kiffin is a done deal: "What I know to be fact is that Kiffin has already started talking to people about coming with him to Tennessee. One of those people is former Ole Miss coach Ed Orgeron." The Vols may be talking to other people, but Coach O, back on SEC sidelines? Now this gets interesting. Mildly frightening, and interesting.