Oakland Raiders coach Lane Kiffin talks to his rookie running back Darren McFadden after McFadden's the third quarter touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, September 14, 2008, at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. The Raiders defeated the Chiefs 23-8. (Mike Ransdell/Kansas City Star/MCT)
KNOXVILLE — Lane Kiffin has agreed in principle to replace Phillip Fulmer as the University of Tennessee football coach, according to two sources close to the UT program.
A spokesperson for UT athletic director Mike Hamilton said the process “isn’t finished,” but multiple sources said the agreement could be announced as soon as Monday. Attempts on Friday afternoon contact Hamilton and Kiffin’s agent were not immediately successful.
Hamilton on Wednesday denied a report from a Knoxville radio station that he had offered Kiffin the position.
Kiffin, who at 31 was hired as the youngest head coach in NFL history in January 2007, spent six seasons as an assistant at the University of Southern California. The son of longtime Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin held various roles for the Trojans, including tight ends coach, wide receivers coach, passing-game coordinator and offensive coordinator. He split play-calling responsibilities with co-coordinator Steve Sarkisian for the Trojans in 2005 and 2006.
Raiders owner Al Davis fired Lane Kiffin on Oct. 1, following several drawn-out, often public clashes.
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