October 29, 2009

Notebook: Monte's sticking around

Monte Kiffin wants to make this clear about Monte Kiffin: He's not going anywhere.

The Vols' venerable, 69-year-old defensive coordinator has faced speculation regarding how long he will coach alongside his son, UT head coach Lane Kiffin, since being introduced on New Year's Day.

"Can you believe that somebody out there, and there's been a couple but I'm not going to say who, has said that they think Monte Kiffin is going to retire so you may not want to go there and play for him because he probably won't be there? Well, I want to tell you this right now: I ain't retiring, OK," said Monte Kiffin, who gained widespread acclaim in the NFL for his "Tampa 2" defense. "And I'm not going back to the NFL. I didn't coach 25 years in the NFL to come to Tennessee to get experience to go back to the NFL. And I'm not here because my grandkids. They may be a little bit the reason, but I'll tell you  what right now: I'm going to stay right here.

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