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10.24.14 Sports UT Preview
Hannah Cather • The Daily Beacon

Head coach Butch Jones speaks with the team during the game against Florida on Oct. 4.

Vols downplay Kiffin's comeback, focus on reviving rivalry

The furniture burned. The people flooded the streets in anger. The athletic department's building came under siege.

On the night of Jan. 12, 2010, then-Tennessee head coach Lane Kiffin sent Volunteer fans into a frenzy when he announced he was leaving Knoxville – just 14 months into the job – to fill the head-coaching vacancy at the University of Southern California.

And now, four years after that fateful night, Kiffin will return to Neyland Stadium when the Vols play host to No. 4 Alabama on Saturday.

The Vols, however, have paid no mind to the current Crimson Tide offensive coordinator's ...