Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin got the best recruiting boost money can't buy this week. He was name-checked in a song by a soon-to-be-jailed hip-hop star. Lil' Wayne, the New Orleans-based rapper who is about to get the Plaxico Burress treatment from a New York court, mentioned Kiffin in his latest, "No Ceilings."
I'd post the song here, but anyone who reads the Beer n' Babes blog or looks at all those swimsuit model pics on the front page will tell you that this is a family Web site. Feel free to Google it, but if you're too lazy, the money line comes about 73 seconds in when Weezy brags that he "talks [expletive] like Lane Kiffin." In a Twitter post, Kiffin thanked Wayne, who in documentary footage in 2007 had professed his love for LSU and for Florida quarterback Tim Tebow. "…a huge shout-out to Lil Wayne for boosting our street cred!" Kiffin wrote.
Kiffin, it should be noted, isn't the first college football personality immortalized in a hip-hop rhyme. Let's not forget the Outkast classic, "Paul Johnson."
Uh-huh, triple option/everybody read that unblocked end/do you want to dive or pitch or keep/we the type of Jackets make Bulldogs weep
… Meanwhile, Houston rapper Chamillionaire recorded a paean to Case Keenum called "System QB" …
They see me throwin'/60 times/rack up 5,000 yards and they all think I'm a system QB/Think I'm a system QB/Think I'm a system QB
... Ludacris, not to be outdone, recorded a club-thumper in honor of Virginia's coach …
Groh/You's a Groh/Groh!/You's a Groh/Groh!/I said that you's a Groh/You doin' Groh activities/with Groh tendencies/Grohs are your friends, Grohs are your enemies/with Groh energy to lose to W&M/beat Carolina/beat Maryland/Coached professionals with the Jets but came to the alma mater to raise hell/now you know why you can't take a Groh to a Groh-tel.
Shoot, Kiffin isn't even the first SEC coach to rub elbows with the hip-hop elite. In 2008, Snoop Dogg joined LSU coach Les Miles to prove that no one keeps it real like a roomful of Rotarians.