A gun store in Kingston, Tenn., that had planned to hold an
event where Tennessee football fans could shoot at a bobblehead of
former Vols coach Lane Kiffin had a change of heart Friday.
Instead Frontier Firearms plans to adopt out the bobbleheads of
Kiffin and his father, USC defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, The
Knoxville News Sentinel reported.
“For a $5 donation, bobblehead lovers may take home their very
own Monte or Lane Kiffin bobblehead doll to love and nurture as
they see fit,” shop owner Brant Williams said.
“While we believe our choice of targets has no bearing on evil
and would be unrelated to past, present, or future criminal acts,
we concede that shooting bobbleheads is in poor taste — especially
in light of the tragic shooting in Tucson.
“Sometimes what sounds like fun or a good idea just isn’t and as
we have said all along, no one wishes harm to Coach Kiffin.”
The event, planned for Saturday, is timed to coincide with the
one-year anniversary of Kiffin’s departure from Rocky Top to become
head coach at USC.
Kiffin went 7-6 in his one season at Tennessee, losing in the
Chick-Fil-A Bowl to Virginia Tech. This season he was 8-5 with the
Trojans, but the school was ineligible to play in a bowl game due
to NCAA sanctions.
Tennessee replaced Kiffin with Derek Dooley, who went 6-7 in his
first season in Knoxville, including a 30-27 loss to North Carolina
in the Music City Bowl.