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The Lane Kiffin Way-Back Machine

Get over yourselves Vols fans. You slept with the devil. Put some cream on it and let us know how 4th place in the SEC East tastes.

As the Knoxville national nightmare continues to flame on in the mountains of Tennessee, it’s worth remembering that Orange Nation could’ve found itself in much of the same position.

While it seems probable a certain ex-USC Associate A.D. had the fawn eyes for Lane Kiffin, who knows how much (if any) mutual interest there was for a program just a smidge less prestigious than UT.

But let’s take you back, Fizz-style, to what we wrote on this website a mere 13 months ago:

“It remains murky whether Gross ever truly pursued him for the Orange job.

Likely, Dr. Doom knew he had no support (or credibility) to go down this road again; west-coast coordinator, fired from the pro ranks, zero east coast ties.

The Fizz is convicted in its analysis: Lane Kiffin would not have worked at Syracuse. There would have been immediate skepticism from an already tortured fan base, plus if a school like UT was willing to hand him a job, he would’ve had one foot out the door from Day One.

But damn, would’ve been nice to have Layla around the Dome.

Imagine a one-two punch of Julie Boeheim and Layla Kiffin? Syracuse sporting social events would’ve turned into hottie central (and who would’ve ever imagined that sentence being written?).

Visualize Julie taking Layla shopping at Kay’s in the Carousel, house-hunting in Manlius, out for a “Sex in the Salt City” double-martini lunch at Armory.”

And a little over a year later, we feel like the Otto the Nostrad-orange.

If the Lane-ster left UT in 14 months, how long would he have lasted on The Hill? Through the non-conference games?

Get over yourselves Vols fans. You slept with the devil and got singed by the fire. Put some cream on it and let us know how 4th place in the SEC East tastes.

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