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Kiffin takes glee in raiding other SEC staffs

1/19/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

Lane Kiffin has built a coaching staff the Tennessee fans are giddy about -- and with good reason.

In particular, he was able to raid a few SEC rival staffs of their best recruiters.

Doing that is one thing. But gloating about it after you do it tends to have a lasting effect, especially in this league.

Listen to what Kiffin had to say after luring Lance Thompson away from the Alabama staff and Frank Wilson from the Mississippi State staff. Kiffin also hired former Auburn coach Eddie Gran and former South Carolina recruiting coordinator David Reaves, who's Kiffin's brother-in-law.

"To be able to take South Carolina's recruiting coordinator, Mississippi State's recruiting coordinator, Alabama's best recruiter and Auburn's best recruiter over the past 10 years was a great accomplishment for us," Kiffin said after completing his staff. "Once again, I would like to thank (athletic director) Mike Hamilton, the athletic department and our donors for making this possible."

The salaries for Tennessee's new coaching staff are expected to exceed $3 million, which doesn't count Kiffin's $2 million salary.

Who says these are tough economic times? Obviously, they're not at Tennessee.