Tennessee may not be interested in bringing back Lane Kiffin, but SEC Network host Paul Finebaum thinks the Vols need to change their mind.
During an appearance on “Outside the Lines” on ESPN on Thursday, Finebaum pushed for Tennessee to consider hiring Kiffin after it has been rejected by various other coaches recently.
“What more damage can be done to the University of Tennessee,” Finebaum said. “At least Lane Kiffin, I promise you, you introduce him tomorrow morning, it’s live across the board and recruits want to play for him. And just to keep going through a laundry list, the last guy, Dave Doeren, they’ve been trying to run him out of N.C. State and they just got hijacked into probably giving him a new deal.
“Listen, I’ve had issues with Lane like everyone else. He can be immature, he has been immature, but I think at this point in time, he’s the best option they have.”
Kiffin coached Tennessee for one season in 2009. After that, he coached USC and served as offensive coordinator at Alabama. He left the Crimson Tide at the end of last season to coach Florida Atlantic.
The Vols extended an offer to Doeren on Wednesday night, but the N.C. State coach rejected it on Thursday. Tennessee has also been denied by Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy and Purdue’s Jeff Brohm in recent days, which followed the Greg Schiano debacle earlier this week.
For the full segment featuring Finebaum, watch below:
— Outside The Lines (@OTLonESPN) November 30, 2017
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