Former Tennessee Vols head coach Lane Kiffin will return to Neyland Stadium on Saturday night for the third time since unceremoniously leaving UT in early 2010.
Kiffin, who previously returned to Neyland Stadium as an Alabama assistant in 2014 and 2016, will be on the opposing sideline as the head coach of the Ole Miss Rebels.
On Monday, Kiffin commented on his return to Tennessee.
“There’s two things here, one that’s a long time ago and two like we’ve done this thing,” said Kiffin when asked by a reporter about returning to Knoxville this week. “Since USC have gone and played USC and played against Tennessee and played against Alabama, so it’s not like all of a sudden, you’re going back to a place you used to coach at. Again, went there twice at Alabama.”
“I said something in some article last week about houses where we lived and they asked, ‘what was your favorite house and where you lived’ and I said the house in Knoxville,” added Kiffin. “They said why and it was a great house and a great set up with the river, but the people. Really enjoyed the people there, still in contact with a number of them and will see some of them Saturday.”
Lane Kiffin gets a shot in at the Vols
Kiffin loves trolling Vol fans. He’ll casually drop in references to Tennessee on Twitter just to provoke UT fans.
So it shouldn’t be a surprise that Kiffin threw a slight jab at UT on Monday.
Lane Kiffin discusses Ole Miss being Tennessee’s first sellout in years. pic.twitter.com/mVNrXhjgas
— Dan Harralson (@danharralson) October 11, 2021
Kiffin couldn’t help himself — he just had to get in a comment about how Tennessee hasn’t had a sellout in “years”.
He’s not wrong — the last sellout crowd at Neyland was in 2017 for the Georgia game (also the last time we saw “Checker Neyland”, which is now scheduled for the Ole Miss game this weekend).
However, it’s not like Ole Miss is selling out Vaught-Hemingway Stadium regularly, either.
In fact, the last sellout crowd at Vaught-Hemingway (which seats nearly 40,000 fewer fans than Neyland) came in 2017 against LSU.
It was a nice jab from Kiffin, but this one didn’t quite land.
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