Is Lane Kiffin the answer for the University of Tennessee?

I look better in orange.

"I look better in orange."

The University of Tennessee is set to officially introduce Lane Kiffin as its new head coach of their football program. As a Volunteer fan it’s hard to express my feelings for such a move. Why? Because Kiffin is still a major unknown. Sure he has a pedigree college football background. Sure he spent some time in the Sunday league. Sure he has some head coaching experience. But he’s 33-years-old. Phillip Fulmer has more years at the University of Tennessee than Lane Kiffin has on this planet. He has some major pluses.

1. He put together some killer recruiting classes at USC under Pete Carroll, including a couple of recruits that went on to win the Heisman Trophy.

2. He helped orchestrate some high-powered offenses at USC.

3. He was the lone voice in the Raiders organization that was against drafting DeMarcus Russell.

4. He showed incredible class while Al Davis attempted to assassinate his character in some weird press conference that showed the world why Al Davis should have been forced out of the NFL a long, long time ago.

5. His father, Monte Kiffin, is reportedly going to join him at Tennessee which will help bring blue chip players into the Tennessee family with their sites set on the NFL.

He has minuses, too.

1. His record as a head coach was less than stellar.

2. He built his college resume in the lowly PAC-10.

3. He’s young.

4. He’s never dealt with the kind of pressure and competition that exists in the SEC. Yes, he coached in the NFL, but he coached in the AFC West where most of the fans now have accepted losing. An eight win season at Tennessee will be considered a mediocre season. The Raiders would kill for an eight win season.

The jury is still out for me on Lane Kiffin. I want him to succeed, but I’m not willing to roll out the orange carpet for him yet.

Shell Oil Captures Video of Alien Squid 

Yikes! Remind me to never go a mile below the surface of the Ocean. The calamari looks like it may take its revenge.

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Hardesty Takes on the Dark Knight & Update on the Free Kindle Contest

I am back.  Two things I learned on my trip.  Cancer sucks and Connecticut is cold.  I got a slew of emails about the contest while I was away, and I think I’ve now responded to everyone.  If you sent me an email, and I haven’t replied, send an email to kindlecontest@rwridley.com.  If you haven’t heard about the Kindle contest, where have you been?  It’s all the rage.  For you latecomers, here’s a link that explains everything: Win a Free Amazon Kindle!

Completely changing the subject.  Youtube just did some live event that I missed, but a guy that I am a big fan of took part.  Here’s Brandon Hardesty‘s contribution to the event.  Call me crazy, but I think this guy is going to be big some day.

Car Wash Attacks & More on the Kindle Contest

On the Kindle contest front. I’m getting a great response, and I appreciate everyone who’s sent an email to kindlecontest@rwridley.com for more details. If you haven’t heard of the contest, all you have to do is send me an email to the aforementioned email address with the subject line “Loop me in on the Kindle contest,” and I’ll send you the rules.  One point of clarification.  Someone wanted to know if I’m giving away the Kindle version of my book or the actual Kindle device.  I’m giving away the Amazon Kindle wireless reading device  (current retail is $359).   Some of you are doing an excellent job with the “Spread the Word Bonus” program. So far, one person has turned 15 people on to the contest. Think you can top it? C’mon, you know you can.  I’ve already given away a couple of signed copies of The Takers, so hurry up and send your friends and family my way to win one of the remaining copies.  In case you forgot or didn’t know, the first ten people to send 10 people my way, I’ll send you a free signed copy of The Takers. 

Thanks to everyone, especially all you fellow bloggers who are helping me spread the word.

Finally, I just thought this was too funny.  Apparently, this car wash hates acid wash jeans and mullets. I’d love to know what their SAT scores were.

 

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