Would Tennessee bring back Lane Kiffin despite his controversial past in Knoxville?

Apparently the answer to that is a resounding “no”… at least for now.

Kiffin spoke on ESPN Sirius XM radio on Thursday, explaining that his agent, Jimmy Sexton, contacted Tennessee as part of a routine call to pitch some of his clients to Vols athletic director John Currie. Currie apparently expressed interest in some of those clients, such as Greg Schianao, but Kiffin says that he was told Tennessee was not interested in his services.

“[Jimmy Sexton] called them and brought up 5, 6 names and I guess Currie liked some of them, Schiano and some other ones, and said that he wasn’t interested in me. I don’t live in worlds of what ifs, so I’ve not thought about it once since that was, whatever, two weeks ago.”

After three years as Alabama’s offensive coordinator, Kiffin is in his first season as the Florida Atlantic head coach, where his Owls are 9-3 and set to play in the C-USA title game against North Texas. The two jobs have helped rehab Kiffin’s image as a coach after disastrous tenures with Tennessee, the Oakland Raiders, and USC, but it appears that it’s not enough for Currie to want to bring him back to Knoxville.

Lane Kiffin officially comments on the open Tennessee job Joel Auerbach/Getty Images
Bo was born in Atlanta, GA, and has always been a savvy sports follower. He attended Georgia Tech and has previously worked with ESPN TrueHoop, HawksHoop, and the Georgia Tech Newsroom. He covers national college football for FanBuzz.
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