Posted: 2:15 pm Tuesday, September 15th, 2009
By Post Staff
KNOXVILLE – As you may have heard, Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin has had a little fun at Florida’s expense in the nine months he has been on the job. First he bragged of “singing Rocky Top all night long” after beating Florida, then he accused Urban Meyer of cheating at a booster function while also boasting about stealing two Florida recruits in Nu’Keese Richardson and Marsalis Teague.
Tennessee safety Eric Berry heard Kiffin’s comments, and his first reaction was: What are you doing?
“Him coming in and saying what he said, no, I wouldn’t do it, personally,” Berry said Tuesday at the Vols’ weekly media day. “I wouldn’t call out anybody or do anything like that.”
But the more time that has passed since Kiffin’s comments, the more they make sense to Berry.
“He did say some things that were probably out of line to a lot of people, but from our standpoint, we felt like he had our back,” Berry said. “We didn’t have a head coach. We didn’t know if people still liked Tennessee. And he just came in and saying all these positive things about us, we just felt like he had our back. That made us work that much harder for him.”
“Whoever we play and whatever we had to face, he’s going to ride with us to the end. That’s how I looked at it.”
Kiffin said Tuesday that he’s not worried about giving Florida extra fuel for Saturday’s game.
“There’s been motivation over there, and I don’t think I motivated them,” he said.
Of course, this picture suggests otherwise…