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Could Kiffin Volunteer for new role?

11/29/2008

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

It appears Lane Kiffin is going to be the next coach at Tennesee, so the question has to be asked.

Will his father follow?

That's Monte Kiffin, the longtime defensive coordinator for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. At that bizarre press conference where Al Davis announced Lane Kiffin's firing from the Raiders, he said the son tried to bring his father to Oakland. Will he try to bring him to Tennessee?

Time will tell and you never know what might happen with father-son dynamics involved. But my best guess on this is Monte Kiffin will stay with the Bucs. That opinion is just based on some logic.

First, Monte Kiffin makes more than a lot of head coaches in the NFL and in college. He'd have to take a cut in pay to go to Tennessee. He'd also have to leave an area where he's been for a long time and is very comfortable. All that's part of the reason Kiffin hasn't pursued some NFL head-coaching jobs in the past.

It's also been a long time since he's coached on the college level and he's got plenty of talent on Tampa Bay's defense. Sure, Ronde Barber, Derrick Brooks, Kevin Carter and Chris Hovan are getting older. But Kiffin's done a nice job this season of developing a new nucleus of his defense. Barrett Ruud's emerging as a top middle linebacker, defensive end Gaines Adams has shown flashes of potential, safety Tanard Jackson already is good and getting better and rookie cornerback Aqib Talib is going to be a very good player.

This defense is going to be good for a long time and Tampa Bay management is going to do everything in its power to keep Kiffin. That doesn't guarantee anything, but there are plenty of reasons for Kiffin to stay with the Bucs.