Kiffin may be in over his head at Tennessee

Lane Kiffin’s 22-month tour of Al Davis’ circle of hell was finally completed this weekend when he agreed to an extended contract to be the new head coach at the University of Tennessee.
This tells us two things: One, there may be hope for Tom Cable after all; and two, Kiffin played Davis with greater facility than even Jon Gruden ever did.

As for the first, we are being half-facetious, as Cable is still on the outer rim of interim. For the second, we are dead serious. Kiffin knew as quickly as did Davis that the two were fated to loathe each other, and yet without Davis, Kiffin could never have made the jump from his modest place in the USC coaching hierarchy to the Tennessee job.