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Eric Berry Talks About The Night Lane Kiffin Left Tennessee For USC, "The Campus Became One Big Riot"

Kansas City Chiefs' safety Eric Berry spoke at the Best Of Preps banquet at the Chattanooga Convention Center Thursday evening. 

Berry, 27, was named the 2015 AP Comeback Player of the Year after beating Hodgkin's lymphoma. 

The former Tennessee Volunteer talked to the crowd about his battles and what he's overcome, but the highlight of the night came when he brought up Lane Kiffin. 

Berry was a junior in 2009 during Kiffin's lone season in Knoxville, Tenn. He spoke of the night when it was reported that the now-Alabama offensive coordinator was leaving the Volunteers' program for USC. 

From the Times Free Press

Asked about the one-year (2009) coaching reign of Lane Kiffin, Berry recalled the night the current Alabama offensive coordinator left the Volunteers to become the head coach at Southern Cal, at least momentarily leaving behind his 70-year-old father Monte, who was Tennessee's defensive coordinator.

"When everybody found out Coach Kiffin was leaving, the campus became one big riot," recalled a grinning Berry, who played three seasons for the Vols (2007-09), twice being voted a unanimous first-team All-American.

"Everybody was burning mattresses and stuff. Monte was in the football complex and he was in a panic. He wasn't going to leave his office until the fires were out. And he didn't. I think he slept there all night. I finally had to tell him, 'Coach, they're not going to do anything to you. It's your son they're after.'"

"It's your son they're after."

Alabama and Tennessee are set to play at Neyland Stadium on Oct. 15.