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Kiffin exit rankles Vols fans

Scott Barker • Jan 14, 2010 at 12:00 AM

His departure enraged Rocky Top. From the Hill on campus to Capitol Hill in Nashville, University of Tennessee football fans directed their anger Wednesday at former coach Lane Kiffin.

"I was shocked, angry and disappointed," said Josh Ferguson, a UT sophomore engineering major. Legislators refused to follow their annual custom of honoring UT's football coach after a winning season.

Kiffin spurned UT, where he had spent only one season, for the University of Southern California, and Volunteer fans took it personally. East Tennesseans grumbled around their water coolers, groused over beers and vented through social networks. No fewer than 32 Facebook pages devoted to Kiffin-bashing materialized overnight. By midday more than 2,000 users had signed up as fans.

Read the full report at the Knoxville News Sentinel Web page.

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