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Lane Kiffin Says Staff Tried To Get Him To Wear Bulletproof Vest For 2014 Game At Tennessee

A closeup of Lane Kiffin in an Alabama visor. He is now the Ole Miss football head coach.

KNOXVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 15: Offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on during the game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium on October 15, 2016 in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

SEC football is serious business. Lane Kiffin learned that in his departure from Tennessee, and in preparation for his return to Rocky Top in 2014.

After just one year, he left the Volunteers under the cover of night, taking the USC job vacated by Pete Carroll. Tennessee fans will probably never forgive him, especially in light of the failures that came after, with the Derek Dooley and Butch Jones tenures.

Whatever nullifying affect time has was off-set by the fact that Kiffin resurfaced as Alabama offensive coordinator, after being fired by USC. The Crimson Tide support staff was ready to undergo drastic measures for the team's 2014 game at Neyland Stadium.

On Marty Smith's ESPN podcast, Lane Kiffin said that he was told he should wear a bulletproof vest into the stadium that day.

247Sports wrote up Kiffin's comments from the ESPN podcast:

“It’s crazy. They were literally talking about like — from the bus in — a bulletproof vest. I’m like, ‘Come on, guys. This is football.’ They said, ‘No, really.’ They had security with me the whole way, even walking on the field and stuff like that,” Kiffin said. “I’m just like ‘I’m not wearing a vest, guys. All right?’ That’s a little bit over the top. It was all in fun. There was a lot of mean words said — four-letter words. That speaks of Tennessee’s fans, just how passionate they are. I think Phillip Fulmer said it the other day, ‘We have the most passionate fans in the country.’”

Luckily, it wasn't necessary. Kiffin is actually more complimentary of Tennessee fans here than you would expect, given his propensity for trolling his former employers.

That October 25 game was a good one for Kiffin's Crimson Tide offense. Blake Sims threw for 286 yards and two scores, while the dynamic rushing attack featuring Derrick Henry and T.J. Yeldon went for 183 yards and three scores.

Alabama defeated the Vols 34-20 that day. Tennessee hasn't won that a game in that rivalry since 2006.