9. Lane Kiffin’s Repeated Missteps
Give the guy credit for this, he can dish it and take it. Since arriving in Rocky Top, Kiffin has bent and broken the rules and boundaries for coaches in the SEC and has lived to tell about it. He got a lackluster team up for the two biggest games of the year and was within grasp of winning at least one of those, made it to a bowl game, and has pulled in some impressive recruits. Along the way, he’s been sanctioned by the NCAA and SEC. At this point, Tennessee is hurdling towards the SEC East Championship and NCAA Probation at the same speed, but one thing is for sure, Kiffin will not let Tennessee out of the spotlight. He truly believes there’s no such thing as bad press.
10. Cincinnati & Pitt bring respect to Big East
Usually when you talk about football in these cities, it's all about the pro teams. However, the "amateur" provided plenty of spark including a very entertaining season ending game that sealed the fate of the conference. The Big East isn't a major powerhouse, but Pitt and Cincy had consistent talent on the field this year and it will be interesting to watch and see if they maintain it. Pitt's Dion Lewis should be a preseason Heisman candidate after a strong freshmen year.