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Bucs' Ayers rips Lane Kiffin for 'bailing' on Alabama

Bucs defensive end Robert Ayers ripped former Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin, who won't be with the Crimson Tide in Tampa this coming week as they play Clemson for a national title.

LOREN ELLIOTT | Times

Bucs defensive end Robert Ayers ripped former Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin, who won't be with the Crimson Tide in Tampa this coming week as they play Clemson for a national title.

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One small perk of the Bucs' season being over is players having more time to spend on Twitter, and that's already started, with Bucs defensive end Robert Ayers ripping former Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin, who won't be with the Crimson Tide in Tampa this coming week as they play Clemson for a national title.

Kiffin was already in an awkward limbo between his Alabama role and his new job as head coach at Florida Atlantic, and you can debate whether he left or was pushed out by Nick Saban after a lackluster offensive showing for much of their semifinal win over Washington. Ayers wasn't happy either way.

"So Lane Kiffin says he bailed on Bama before national championship "for the players" (laughing emojis) what a joke! Guess that's why he bailed on UT too," wrote Ayers, who played at Tennessee from 2004-08 and just missed Kiffin's brief stint as the Vols coach for the 2009 season before he bolted to become USC's head coach.

"A coach can bail on players and the university 1 WEEK BEFORE THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP," he wrote, "but players can't transfer at will."

It should be a fun week to see how visible the Bucs players are around the championship game -- obviously receiver Adam Humphries is a proud Clemson graduate who was sporting a purple Clemson jacket in the locker room after Sunday's win against Carolina.

"I'm very excited. I was so happy last night for them to get the win," Humphries said. "As soon as they won, everybody's texting me asking for a place to stay, like I own as 30-bedroom hotel. It's going to be fun seeing orange around Tampa and being able to spend some time with friends."

[Last modified: Tuesday, January 3, 2017 10:42am]

    

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