Welcome to the SEC, kid: Kiffin takes recruiting jab from Spurrier

Updated: December 2, 2008, 2:42 PM ET
Associated Press

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Lane Kiffin has already discovered one thing that comes with the job of being Tennessee's coach: needling from Steve Spurrier.

More from ESPN.com

How did ex-Tennessee coach Phil Fulmer spend his final day as a Vol? ESPN.com senior columnist Gene Wojciechowski got inside access. Column

Recruiting at Tennessee will be a bigger challenge than anything Lane Kiffin ever faced when he was at USC, but he's off to a good start with the Vols., writes Scouts Inc.'s Tom Luginbill. Column

Before Lane Kiffin was introduced as Tennessee's new head coach, he'd already immersed himself into the recruiting battles that -- in the SEC -- are the difference between playing for titles and being unemployed, writes ESPN.com college football writer Chris Low. Blog

The South Carolina coach, who had a history of taking verbal jabs at Kiffin's predecessor, Phillip Fulmer, questioned whether Kiffin broke NCAA recruiting rules by contacting Tennessee recruits before he was cleared to do so.

The NCAA requires coaches to take a recruiting certification test before they're allowed to contact recruits.

Jarvis Giles, a running back recruit from Gaither High School in Tampa, Fla., told several media outlets that Kiffin contacted him early Sunday morning -- a day before he was scheduled to be introduced as the Vols' new coach.

Spurrier noted that he didn't retake the recruiting test until after he was introduced as the Gamecocks' new coach and joked that Kiffin might have called Giles as "an interested observer."

Kiffin, who announced Monday he had hired South Carolina's former quarterbacks coach and recruiting coordinator David Reaves, his brother-in-law, to help with recruiting, must have heard what Spurrier had to say.

"As far as recruiting, we've hit the ground running. I took the test a few days before I got hired here so that we could do that," he said Monday at his introductory news conference.

Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press