Eric Berry on Kiffin’s departure: ‘The campus became one big riot’

Thursday evening, the Best of Preps banquet was held at the Chattanooga Convention Center. Kansas City Chiefs’ safety Eric Berry was present at the event as a speaker.

The 27 year-old cancer survivor was named AP Comeback Player of the Year when he beat his condition of Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Berry addressed the crowd on his battles with the disease, but perhaps the biggest part of the night was when Berry talked about Lane Kiffin. Berry was in his junior year in 2009 when Kiffin played his sole season in Knoxville. He spoke on the night it was announced that Kiffin would be leaving the Vols for a position at USC.

Kiffin is currently coaching as an offensive coordinator with the Alabama Crimson Tide.

“When everybody found out Coach Kiffin was leaving, the campus became one big riot,” Berry said of the night.“Everybody was burning mattresses and stuff. Monte was in the football complex and he was in a panic. He wasn’t going to leave his office until the fires were out. And he didn’t. I think he slept there all night. I finally had to tell him, ‘Coach, they’re not going to do anything to you. It’s your son they’re after.’”

Kiffin will face a reunion with his former program when Tide and the Vols play each other on Oct. 15 at Neyland Stadium.

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