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Monte Kiffin considering joining son with Vols



Bucs defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin is considering joining his son, Lane Kiffin, at the University of Tennessee, according to a report on ESPN Sunday morning.

The younger Kiffin was hired as the Vols head coach this week and will be introduced in Knoxville Monday.

Monte Kiffin, 68, has been the Bucs defensive coordinator since 1996 and his defense has finished among the top 10 in the NFL 11 times in the past 12 years. The Bucs defense is currently ranked fourth overall.

ESPN reporter Chris Mortensen said 'it's not a done deal yet,' but indicated that's the direction Monte Kiffin is leaning.

One of the rifts that formed between then Raiders coach Lane Kiffin and owner Al Davis was that the younger Kiffin wanted to fire defensive coordinator Rex Ryan and hire his famous father.

Now it appears that he will get that chance. Mortensen said sources have confirmed that Monte Kiffin is expected to join the Vols coaching staff when the Bucs' season ends.

When asked if Monte had expressed a desire to coach with his son, Bucs general manager Bruce Allen said, "I would never answer that question.''



[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:18pm]


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