KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Lane Kiffin factor has added intrigue to the increasingly lopsided Alabama-Tennessee rivalry.
Kiffin, who coached Tennessee in 2009 before leaving for Southern California, is back in the Southeastern Conference this season as Alabama's offensive coordinator. Kiffin's presence has made Saturday's matchup a much-anticipated moment for Tennessee's fans, though both teams have downplayed the impact his return to Neyland Stadium will have on the game itself.
Nobody on Tennessee's current roster ever played for Kiffin. Tennessee coach Butch Jones says he has never even met Kiffin.