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Monday links

Welcome to Bowl Week. Here are some links to get things started on a Monday.

Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that his hiring at Georgia was "getting ready to happen" before the folks in Blacksburg intervened and offered a annuity package to keep him there.

But the coach that has dominated all the headlines in this bowl matchup is Tennessee's Lane Kiffin. It has been a methodical rebuilding process for Kiffin, but "whether or not the plan has been executed flawlessly by Kiffin over the last 12 months, it's hard to argue with the underlying premise. On or off the field, the Vols are never boring." Kiffin and the Volunteers (predictably) dominated all the talk in Knoxville this year.

If the Volunteers beat Virginia Tech, Tennessee could finish in the top 25 of the final rankings. To Kiffin, that is not big deal. To some of the players, like safety Eric Berry, "that's very significant."

Now, for more on Kiffin, here's a clip of Washington Post columnist Michael Wilbon and Tony Kornhesier chatting with the coach last spring on ESPN's "Pardon The Interruption."

By Mark Viera  |  December 28, 2009; 8:04 AM ET
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