Tennessee athletic director Mike Hamilton was convinced he had found the right football coach when he hired Lane Kiffin after the 2008 season. He’s even more confident now.

Maybe you don’t share that confidence. Maybe you’re concerned about a coach creating tsunami-size waves throughout the SEC before he has won his first game.

But Hamilton is influenced more by what he has observed and heard than by all the headlines piling up behind a coach who is shooting from the lip with Steve Spurrier-like speed without bothering to hang 50 points on a rival before opening fire.

Others might consider Kiffin as arrogant. Hamilton likes his confidence.

Others might view Kiffin as a loose cannon. Hamilton sees a man with a plan.