Vols take one from Kiffin

When Lane Kiffin bolted for Southern California back in January, there were several reports that he and his staff tried to take several of Tennessee’s recruits with them.

In fact, some of the players who had already signed with the Vols and were scheduled to enroll early said Ed Orgeron advised them not to enroll at Tennessee after Kiffin took the job at USC.

It sounds like Derek Dooley can play that game, too -- and it’s all on the up and up.

Southern California defensive end Malik Jackson has decided to transfer to Tennessee, taking advantage of the NCAA rule that says juniors and seniors at a school facing NCAA sanctions can transfer and be eligible to play right away.

The 6-foot-4, 265-pound Jackson, who had 3.5 sacks last season in a backup role for the Trojans, is supposed to be at Tennessee this week to begin summer school. He has two years of eligibility remaining and gives the Vols some much-needed help on the defensive line.

Tennessee had been working Jackson for a while, and he actually took a visit to Knoxville to see the campus last month. He hit it off with the Vols’ coaches and decided that Tennessee was where he wanted to finish his college career.

There had already been rumblings that some of the USC coaches were upset with the Tennessee coaches for targeting their players and that some serious bad blood was brewing.

Something says that Kiffin and Orgeron won’t be hanging out with Dooley, Lance Thompson and some of the other Vols assistants at the coaches convention next year.