The Freedom of Information Act is a wonderful thing. Knoxville radio host Jimmy Hyams, for my money the best reporter among talking heads in the South, used it to get a copy of the reprimand of the week SEC commissioner Mike Slive sent to Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin.
But don't take my word for it. Read some juicy segments for yourself. I added the italics for emphasis.
``It is your responsibility as a coach to comply with the policies of the Southeastern Conference and to know the football playing rules.''
In short, wise up.
``Since it is clear from your public comments that you believe this letter `mean(s) nothing,' let me be equally as clear to you. The next time you, or a member of your staff, make public comments of this nature, you will be suspended from all coaching duties for one or more games, and the institution may be subjected to a substantial fine.''
So despite the contention from a UT spokesman that Kiffin wasn't talking about reprimands when he mentioned ``those letters that mean nothing,'' Slive, like the rest of the free world outside the borders of Tennessee, believed he was.
``I also remind you that this is your second public reprimand in your brief tenure as Tennessee's head football coach, and on both occasions, you were wrong about the applicable rules.''
Those strong words came Monday, long before the SEC announced Friday that Slive is mad as heck and he's not going to take it anymore. From anyone. So shut up about the officials or the commish will sit you down.
Good for Slive. But I'm just wondering. Which does Kiffin take more seriously? A smack-down from Slive or a shout-out from Lil Wayne?
And in honor of the Ol' Ball Coach today, Go Cocks!