Pahokee Chamber of Commerce wants apology

(WVLT Sports Overtime) -- In response to Lane Kiffin's comments at a recruiting celebration breakfast, the Pahokee Chamber of Commerce has sent this letter to University of Tennessee Chancellor Jimmy Cheek. The letter was also copied to UT football coach Lane Kiffin, athletic director Mike Hamilton, and SEC commissioner Mike Slive.

Dear Sir:

Congratulations on a successful recruitment of one of Pahokee's talented football players -- Nu'Keese Richardson. He will be the first from Pahokee to play on a Volunteer team We wish him success in your program and will anxiously watch his progress.

That being said, our tight-knit community has great concern over resent comments made by head Coach Kiffin. "Someone at the school was going to screw it up. The fax machine wouldn't work, or they would have changed signatures, all the things that go on in Pahokee." For Coach Kiffin to express these negative concerns in a public format were unprofessional and only serve to tarnish both schools and their football programs.

A public letter of apology to the proud, hard working residents of Pahokee, the professional staff of Pahokee Middle-Senior High School, and the dedicated coaching staff of PHS would be an appropriate response to this letter.

Yours truly,

Lewis Pope III, President

(Letter courtesy; Palm Beach Post)

UT spokesperson Tiffany Carpenter said Saturday afternoon that she wasn't aware of the letter, most likely because the university has yet to receive it.


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