UT asks for Manning blessing

December 1, 2008
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fulmerFew doubt that Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning will be a first-rate coach—if he chooses to pursue that line of work after his playing days are over. He’s already taken on the role of consultant.

Sources close to the University of Tennessee athletic department said Manning was one of a very small handful of people consulted by UT brass when they were considering hiring former Oakland Raiders head coach Lane Kiffin as the Volunteers new coach. Manning was upset last month when Tennessee fired Phil Fulmer, who coached the team when Manning played there.

But Manning also has a Kiffin connection that might have led to his endorsement of the 33-year-old. Kiffin’s father, Monte, was an assistant coach at Tampa Bay when Tony Dungy was there. Together, Monte Kiffin, 58, and Dungy fashioned the vaunted Tampa 2 defense. Sources within UT said Monte Kiffin is set to join his son’s staff there.
  • I doubt that Manning will be a great coach. How many hall of fame players went on to be great coaches? Not many. I just don't see Manning ever coaching. That would be like saying Joe Montana would have made a great coach. The star NFL players don't typically choose to be a coach after they retire.
  • Well, HOFer Mike Ditka notched a Super Bowl ring as a coach. Jim Zorn is off to a nice start. I could name a dozen others easy. A competitive guy like Manning with his analytical approach to the game won't stay retired for long.
  • Let me clarify, Davis. What I should have said was how many hall of fame quarterbacks went on to be great coaches?

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