Kiffin confirms he's leaving Bucs

December, 14, 2008
12/14/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

ATLANTA -- Monte Kiffin confirmed Sunday what's been pretty obvious for a couple of weeks.

The defensive coordinator will leave the Buccaneers after the season to join his son, Lane, who was hired recently as the head coach at the University of Tennessee. As you might expect, Kiffin said the decision came down to family and that's understandable. Give the Bucs, who have blocked some assistant coaches from moving on in the past, credit for not standing in the way of this one.

 Kiffin has been with the Bucs since 1996 and has as much to do with the franchise's turnaround -- and continued success -- as anyone, and that includes the likes of Tony Dungy, Jon Gruden, Derrick Brooks, Warren Sapp and John Lynch. Kiffin earned the right to do what he wanted.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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