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Volunteer duty for ex-Raider boss Kiffen

Boise State lineman Kevin Sapien lost his helmet but not his head while blocking Ian Johnson. Boise State lineman Kevin Sapien lost his helmet but not his head while blocking Ian Johnson. (Associated Press via Idaho Statesman/Darin Oswald)
Associated Press / November 29, 2008
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Tennessee and Lane Kiffin have reached a tentative agreement for the former Oakland Raiders coach to lead the Volunteers, a person familiar with the negotiations told the Associated Press yesterday.

A formal announcement was expected early next week, said the person, who requested anonymity because the deal had not been finalized.

Kiffin, 33, replaces Phillip Fulmer, who was forced out after 17 seasons as Vols coach. Fulmer won a national championship in 1998 but had two losing seasons in the last five years, including a 4-7 mark this year.

Tennessee athletic department spokeswoman Tiffany Carpenter declined to comment on Kiffin because Fulmer had not finished his season. Athletic director Mike Hamilton did not return a phone message seeking comment.

The Vols (3-7, 2-5 Southeastern Conference) host Kentucky (6-5, 2-5) tonight in what has been dubbed "Phillip Fulmer appreciation day."

The Knoxville News Sentinel first reported the deal.

Kiffin was the youngest coach in the NFL's modern history when hired to lead the Raiders in January 2007 at age 31.

The son of longtime NFL defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin had a rocky relationship with Oakland owner Al Davis, who fired him Sept. 30 for what he said was insubordination. Kiffin had a 5-15 record with the Raiders.

Kiffin spent seven seasons as an assistant at Southern California under coach Pete Carroll, including two as recruiting and offensive coordinator.

Boise St. 61, Fresno St. 10 - Kyle Wilson returned a punt 90 yards, wide receiver Tanyon Bissell threw for another touchdown on a smooth reverse pass, and the ninth-ranked Broncos (12-0) scored 48 points after halftime in hammering the visiting Bulldogs.

Ian Johnson ran for 128 yards and scored two touchdowns as scouts from three BCS bowls watched from the press box. The senior tied the WAC record of 57 rushing touchdowns set by Marshall Faulk at San Diego State from 1991-93.

Mississippi 45, Mississippi St. 0 - At Oxford, Miss., Jevan Snead threw for 213 yards and four touchdowns and the 25th-ranked Rebels (8-4, 5-3 SEC) set a school record with minus-51 yards rushing allowed in beating the Bulldogs (4-8, 2-6) in the most lopsided Egg Bowl in 37 years.

Pittsburgh 19, West Virginia 15 - LeSean McCoy scored his second touchdown with 52 seconds left to finish off a 183-yard rushing performance, and the host Panthers (8-3, 4-2 Big East) beat the Mountaineers (7-4, 4-2) in the Backyard Brawl to make Cincinnati the Big East champions.

McCoy carried all but one play on the 59-yard, game-winning touchdown drive in the closing minutes, scoring from the 1.

Arkansas 31, LSU 30 - Casey Dick threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to London Crawford on fourth-and-1 with 22 seconds remaining to give the Razorbacks the upset win over the defending national champion Tigers (7-5, 3-5 SEC) at Little Rock, Ark.

The Razorbacks (5-7, 2-5) trailed, 30-14, in the third quarter when Dick replaced his younger brother Nathan at quarterback. With the help of several LSU penalties, Arkansas slowly chipped away before converting twice on fourth down on the winning drive.

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