Sep 28, 2013; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers quarterback Justin Worley (14) hands the ball off to running back Rajion Neal (20) against the South Alabama Jaguars during the second half at Neyland Stadium. Tennessee won 31 to 24. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Today On Rocky Top: Vol Fans View Kiffin Dismissal As Karma & More News


Former Tennessee Football Head Coach Lane Kiffin is now on the receiving end of being left out in the cold.

He was dismissed by USC after the Trojans lost to Arizona State on Saturday, 61-42.

And most Vols fans aren’t devastated by the news.

Many said they will never forget the way Kiffin left the University of Tennessee.

In January 2010, hundreds gathered outside Neyland Stadium after news broke that after only one football season, Kiffin would leave Knoxville in the middle of the night for the head coach job at USC.


From The Sacramento Bee

Tennessee coach Butch Jones continually talks about how his young team has little to no margin for error.

That makes it all the more discouraging for the Volunteers when they make the kinds of mistakes that nearly cost them a game Saturday.

After playing virtually error-free football in its first two games of the season, Tennessee has become sloppier the last couple of weeks. Turnovers and penalties caused the Vols to squander most of a 24-point lead Saturday before handing on for a 31-24 victory over South Alabama. That escape followed a six-turnover performance in a 31-17 loss to No. 18 Florida.



 Lots of parents were on campus celebrating Vols traditions with their University of Tennessee students.

One tradition shared Saturday — the Vol Walk. For many UT fans, the Vol Walk is a routine experience, but it was a first for Gregory and Lori Bethel. The Bethels are Memphis, and shared the experience with their daughter, Brittany, a freshman at UT.

Gregory Bethel said, “After her first 30 days, we couldn’t wait to get back to see her.”

Brittany Bethel said, “It’s kind of exciting to see them for the first time in 30 days. It’s nice to see them.”

Brittany is the first person in her family to attend UT. She said, “[My parents] really supported anywhere I went, so that was fine.”


From Online Athens

No. 6 Georgia and Tennessee head into their Saturday matchup at Neyland Stadium with health concerns at running back.

Tennessee’s Marlin Lane and Georgia’s Todd Gurley sat out the second half of their respective teams’ victories last week after Gurley sprained his left ankle and Lane had what was described as a “lower extremity injury.”

Tennessee coach Butch Jones said Monday that Lane’s status was day to day. At his Sunday teleconference, Georgia coach Mark Richt used the same words to describe Gurley’s situation.

“We’ll know a little bit more probably later today and into Tuesday and Wednesday,” Jones said Monday. “He will not practice today.”

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