No Arrests in Tennessee Protests

Angry Tennessee students protesting the football coach’s departure avoided trouble.

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Believe it or not, some University of Tennessee students were actually angry that football coach Lane Kiffin is leaving Knoxville for the head coaching job at the University of Southern California. This is the same Kiffin who sports a 12-21 record as a head coach—Kiffin was 5-15 as the head coach of the NFL's Oakland Raiders and 7-6 as the head coach of Tennessee—but I digress.

Nobody was hurt and no one was arrested when an estimated 500 Tennessee students took to the streets after news of Kiffin's departure came out, the Knoxville News Sentinel reports. Police said that 10 to 15 officers handled the crowd without any trouble. The only punishment that could come from the protests is disciplinary action from the school.

Kiffin coached Tennessee for one season. He was the wide receivers' coach and offensive coordinator under former USC coach Pete Carroll for six seasons. Kiffin said that USC was the only job for which he'd leave Knoxville, and that job came open when Carroll accepted the head coaching position for the NFL's Seattle Seahawks this past weekend.

"I'm sure eventually it will sink in, but it all happened so fast and there are so many things to do because this was such a tough decision," Kiffin tells the News Sentinel. "Tennessee is such a great place, and we were touched by so many people in our time here—everybody was so great from the university to the fans and the community. But really, this is the one place that I'd leave for, and I hope people understand that."

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