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Lane Kiffin to coach Vols, may be joined by Bucs defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Lane Kiffin, the former Oakland Raiders coach, will become Tennessee's coach today, and he may take his father with him.

Lane Kiffin, the 33-year-old son of Bucs defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, will be introduced as the replacement for Phillip Fulmer, whose 17-season tenure ended with a win. ESPN reported that Monte Kiffin, 68, will join his son at UT. Monte labeled the report "speculation"

"When it was all said and done, we felt like Lane Kiffin was a perfect fit for Tennessee," athletic director Mike Hamilton said Sunday. "He's energetic, charismatic, consumed with recruiting and has had a lifelong love affair with football."

Kiffin was the youngest coach in the NFL's modern history when hired to lead the Raiders in 2007 at age 31 after spending two seasons as Southern Cal's offensive coordinator. But he had a rocky relationship with owner Al Davis, who fired him Sept. 30 after going 5-15.

Clemson: Interim coach Dabo Swinney has agreed to take the job permanently, ESPN reported. An announcement may come as early as today.

Hawaii: The Warriors defeated Washington State 24-10 late Saturday and accepted an invite to the Hawaii Bowl.

Oklahoma: Quarterback Sam Bradford tore ligaments in his nonthrowing hand during Saturday's win at Oklahoma State and is expected to have surgery after the Big 12 title game.

South Carolina: Stephen Garcia, a former Jefferson High standout, will be the starting quarterback for the Gamecocks' bowl game, possibly the Outback in Tampa, coach Steve Spurrier said. Also, quarterbacks coach David Reaves, the brother-in-law of incoming Vols coach Lane Kiffin, resigned. Reaves is the son of former Robinson High and Florida standout John Reaves. John Hunt, who has worked with Spurrier since 1999 at Florida, was fired as offensive line coach.

Wyoming: Missouri offensive coordinator Dave Christensen will be introduced as Cowboys coach as early as today.

USF MEN'S Soccer: No. 8 seed USF (15-4-3) will travel to face No. 1 seed and defending national champion Wake Forest (20-1-1) in the Elite Eight round of the NCAA Tournament at 4:30 p.m. Saturday. The Bulls are 1-1 all time vs. Wake Forest.

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Lane Kiffin to coach Vols, may be joined by Bucs defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin 11/30/08 [Last modified: Friday, December 5, 2008 11:03pm]
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