"I really tried to do the right thing with the media there," Kiffin told the Knoxville News-Sentinel. "When you look around the nation, when coaches leave places, they don't address the media at the places they're leaving. They usually talk to their team and they get out of there.
"That kind of backfired on me. I guess I would have done that different and do what everybody else does, and just takeoff."
Kiffin said he planned for the news conference to go longer, but a disagreement between Tennessee's sports information department and a local TV station ended any chance of an extended conversation.
Kiffin also tried to explain his relationship with David Reaves, who was the Volunteer quarterback coach.
Reaves, who is Kiffin's brother in law, learned that his sister's husband was leaving while he was sitting in a restaurant watching TV.
Reaves was passed over by Kiffin for a job on the USC staff.
"When you take a job, so many things go into your staff structure and makeup of it [such as] the direction sometimes that an athletic director or president wants you to go as well," Kiffin said. "There are a lot of things that went into that decision that were not based solely on business at all."
Reaves found work this week. He was named quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator at New Mexico.
Thanks to Image of Sport.