GAINESVILLE -- Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin publicly accused Florida coach Urban Meyer of a recruiting violation this morning. CLICK ME! Folks, the gloves came off long ago. What we have now is glass-knuckle boxing.
"I'm gonna turn Florida in right here in front of you," Kiffin told fans at the Knoxville Convention Center. "While Nu'Keese [Richardson] was on campus, his phone kept ringing. One of the coaches says, 'Who's that?' and he said, Urban Meyer."
"I love the fact that Urban had to cheat and still didn't get him."
Pahokee receiver Nu'Keese Richardson chose Tennessee over Florida on Wednesday despite being committed to Florida since last May. Tennessee also lured former UF commitment Marsalis Teague of Paris (Tenn.) Henry County to Knoxville on Wednesday.
Ah, the SEC. Gotta love it.
Kiffin went on explain how his assistant, Eddie Gran, got the best of Florida's coaching staff by luring Richardson away from UF in the 11th hour of the recruiting process. Gran, who previously recruited South Florida for Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville, has a great reputation in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.
But Kiffin didn't stop there. He went on to bash the good folks in Pahokee by intimating that the people at Pahokee High are either incompetent or on Wednesday were just hell bent on preventing Richardson from signing with Tennessee.
"You can't understand how hard this is to get done," Kiffin said. "Eddie [Gran] had this set up at 7 o'clock in the morning. They [Richardson's aunts] got the papers signed by the kid. They didn't go do it at the school because they knew somebody at the school was going to screw it up. The fax machine wouldn't work, or they would have changed the signatures, all the things that go on in Pahokee now. The aunts took it over to a junior high, found a fax machine that worked and faxed them over to us at 7 o'clock, and I kept it in a drawer till their 1 o'clock press conference."
Sheesh, forget about burning bridges. Kiffin just dropped verbal Napalm on the Muck.
But Kiffin didn't stop with Florida. He also took a shot at Alabama coach Nick Saban. This Kiffin guy is crazy.
"Nick Saban should have started his press conference [on Wednesday] by saying, 'Our great class that we signed ... I'd really like to thank Lance [Thompson] because Lane signed eight of those guys,'" Kiffin said.
Thompson, a former Alabama assistant, was recently hired by Kiffin and Tennessee.
Somebody, please remind me how many games Kiffin and his staff have won in the SEC. Tennessee plays at Florida next season. That one will get ugly.