Some wounds take longer to heal than others.
In the case of the abrupt breakup between Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin and the Tennessee fan base, the wounds are still open years later.
Kiffin left his job as the Vols head coach after just one season to pursue his “dream job” at USC following the 2009 season. It was a rough exit then, and things haven’t got much easier in 2016.
Kiffin was fired from his gig at USC, and has spent the last two seasons as the offensive coordinator under Nick Saban at Alabama.
Now that he’s back in the South, Kiffin uses Twitter to sometimes poke the bear that is the Tennessee fan base with tweets about being in Tennessee on a recruiting trip or obscure pictures of Tennessee road signs and license plates.
On Monday, he steps his Twitter troll game up a notch.
In the moments following Vols coach Butch Jones’ press conference to open preseason camp, Kiffin tweeted out a link to an article titled “Tennessee loaded with top-level recruits — but they’re leaving the state.”
As SEC Country’s Jesse Simonton recently pointed out, the recruiting talent in the state of Tennessee has been on the rise and should continue to be solid in the 2018 recruiting class.
Though none of the 21 players committed to play for the Crimson Tide in the 2017 recruiting class hail from The Volunteer State, perhaps Kiffin was looking to do a little foreshadowing.
The nation’s No. 2 safety in the class of 2017, 5-star prospect JaCoby Stevens, is from Murfreesboro, Tenn. He’s expected to announce his commitment on Monday, Aug. 8, and he’s expected to choose between Alabama and LSU. Tennessee does not appear in his Top 4, which includes Georgia and Auburn.