In a September 5, 2009, photograph, Lane Kiffin is greeted by fans before his first game as University of Tennessee football coach. Photo by Briana Scroggins/News Sentinel
KNOXVILLE (News Sentinel) -
University of Tennessee Chancellor Jimmy Cheek has publicly outlined that he sees a problem with profanity during football games since a derogatory chant rang through Neyland Stadium on Oct. 4.
Cheek believes vulgar chanting negatively affects the reputation of the state's flagship university, and the slew of emails he and athletic director Dave Hart received in the aftermath of the chant indicate that many fans and alumni feel the same way.
But in a meeting with student leaders on Sunday, head coach Butch Jones got a little more specific about how the actions of UT's student section and fans could negatively impact the football program.
Inspired by Jones' message, some students are spearheading a movement to “Kill Kiffin with silence” during Saturday's game when the Vols welcome former UT coach and current Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin to Neyland Stadium (TV: ESPN2, 7:30 p.m.).