Kiffin, South Carolina Recruits, and Pumping Gas

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Heh!  This is just a little too funny.

Apparently, Lane Kiffin called things like he saw them while recruiting Alshon Jeffrey.  According to ESPN.com’s Chris Low, who recently got a chance to interview Jeffrey:

Kiffin was equally dogged. But when it was obvious that Jeffrey wasn’t going to Tennessee, Kiffin took off the gloves.

According to Jeffrey and Wilson, Kiffin told Jeffrey that if he chose the Gamecocks, he would end up pumping gas for the rest of his life like all the other players from that state who had gone to South Carolina.

Jeffrey was doing his best to stay awake at that point, but that comment from Kiffin woke him up. He clearly hasn’t forgotten it, either.

“He said it, but it’s not worth talking about,” Jeffrey said.

Wilson was a little more diplomatic. He wrote it off as Kiffin pulling out all of the stops and simply not wanting to concede defeat. Wilson acknowledged that’s about as negative as it got that morning.

• via: A peek into recruiting with South Carolina’s Jeffrey |  ESPN

I can think of worse he could have said…


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10 Responses to “Kiffin, South Carolina Recruits, and Pumping Gas”

  • Home Sweet HomeNo Gravatar says:

    while I’m not so sure Kiffin should have said it, there is a bit of a point. Carolina is better than they have been in the past and they smoked Tennessee last year, but is there any question that if you’re looking to compete for championships and go to the League, UT is the better choice? or am I just being a homer?

    we’ve sucked recently and they’ve gotten better, but it’s still South Carolina…

  • Jordan GrayNo Gravatar says:

    So this comment comes from a guy who was fortunate enough to be an offensive coordinator for a perennial power aka the USC Trojans. Obviously he would have success there. Since then he has had less than moderate success as a head coach in the NFL which justified his firing after only one year, maybe two years I believe. Now he is the head coach at Tennessee. Sorry but I don’t see how anyone could say this comment knowing full well the backlash it would undoubtedly cause. Doesn’t matter where your from but making comments like this just shows some people have unwarranted belief that they think they are better than others. For example the comment above me the person says “…but it’s still South Carolina.” Which implies he not only thinks his state is inherently better, but is also blatantly mocking the state I live in. Which I don’t understand the reasoning behind a comment like that. USC Gamecocks, the school I attend, has one of the highest rated business schools in the nation. As of last time the the US News & World Report rated college business schools. Hopefully that is a prestigious enough reference for anyone who would question that statement. Prejudice against the south, in my opinion, is for the most part unjustified. Especially coming from another state that can be considered in the south.

  • OskieNo Gravatar says:

    I think Tennessee is inherently better than South Carolina. What does that have to do with prejudice against the south? And what’s with the “another state that can be considered in the south?” If you don’t think Tennesseans are as southern as they come, you’ve obviously never been here.

    Nobody’s trashing South Carolina as a state – we’re talkin’ football here. And nobody shakes in their boots about the Gamecocks and their dumb pre-game song when we have Florida, Bama, and Georgia to worry about every single year.

  • Jordan GrayNo Gravatar says:

    Well first off when I engaged in this discussion I wasn’t trying to trash talk about schools, which seems to be what you want to do. Second, I live in the south so obviously I know where Tennessee is. The person who commented before me seemed to be trying to distance Tennessee. So yes Tennessee is about as south as you get. State rivalries are fine, but for someone who isn’t even from the south to make a statement like that, to me, is extremely ignorant. I know he was directly talking about football players. However, a comment like that indirectly reflects upon the school. It basically states that South Carolina doesn’t network well and they don’t care about their players. Which I can easily say is wrong. I know for a fact that all players here are assigned tutors by Spurrier. Yes we want the best athletes possible, but in no way does that mean once their here we don’t care about their education. If you could talk with an athlete who has graduated from USC they would tell you that all of our advisor’s and counselors were personally concerned with their advancement through the school system. Next time I want to have a conversation about how “dumb,” a fight song is I will find the next hammered guy at my local bar. You missed the point of the argument. The comment Lane Kiffin made was offensive to anyone who attends or has attended the University of South Carolina. I won’t bash other states, like other people do. However when somebody says something like that I get a little agitated.

  • Home Sweet HomeNo Gravatar says:

    ahh, signed in on Safari as my older name…

  • OskieNo Gravatar says:

    HAHA, I just said the fight song thing as a passing jab.

    I would think the comment would be offensive to South Carolina grads working as gas station attendants and not everyone, but that’s just me. Also, I’d like to welcome you to “big boy football,” where the arguments include jabs and stereotypes. You think i cry every time an Alabama fan calls me a hick or a hillbilly just by virtue of my being a Vols fan? Or do you think the Alabama fan has to go to counseling because I call him an ignorant redneck? Or LSU fans coonasses? Okay, well the LSU fans might get a little bent out of shape (see Saban, Nick).

    Here’s my point: Even if Kiffin said it, it is stupid to think that he means everyone in the state works at a gas station. This qualifies as purely football trash talk and should be taken as such. Chill.

  • HudroNo Gravatar says:

    there are other ways they can make money. George Rogers carries his Heisman in his trunk and you can get your picture made with him and the trophy for $5.00. A pretty good gig!

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