Tennessee's attractiveness as a job took a major hit with Sunday's Greg Schiano debacle, and one major college football writer thinks the Vols may need to go get Lane Kiffin back.
Tennessee is a prominent SEC program, something that should be able to lure a solid head coach, but after seeing the onslaught from fans against Greg Schiano, it may be hard to do so this year.
Former Vols QB great Tee Martin and Purdue head coach Jeff Brohm have reportedly been contacted about the job, but CBS Sports's Dennis Dodd has another, very familiar name: Lane Kiffin. The one-time Vols head coach improved his stock as Alabama offensive coordinator under Nick Saban, and has had a very good year as head coach at FAU. However, Kiffin is still a bit of a damaged brand due to his brash personality and flame-out at USC.
For a number of reasons, Dodd argues that Kiffin and Tennessee need each other right now.
I can't believe I'm writing this, but Lane Kiffin would bring stability to Tennessee right about now.
Tennessee needs him. He needs Tennessee.
Life is good at FAU but not as good as it could be back in the big time, in the Power Five, at Tennessee.
The man the Vols used to hate can be the legitimate coaching savior Tennessee is still looking for.
While Kiffin has not had the success that one expects for a head coach of USC, his record is pretty decent as a head coach, Dodd points out.
Amazingly, with Kiffin, Tennessee would know exactly what it is getting. Quirky, cocky and tweet-obsessed beats national political firestorm any day.
Oh yeah, and Kiffin is a proven winner as a college coach. As Lane himself likes to point out, his career winning percentage (.642) is similar to that of Brian Kelly at Notre Dame (.677).
Kiffin had some minor NCAA infractions while at Tennessee, the types of violations that seem quaint now compared to scandals that have broken out elsewhere since his brief year in Knoxville, but he is a proven recruiter, and there might not be another coach of his standing that will jump at the Vols job.
Kiffin directly responded to the article this morning, saying that he is not "waiting at his phone" as Dodd intimates, but one has to imagine that if it does ring with a Knoxville number, he'll answer at the very least.