KNOXVILLE, Tenn. | Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin says overdue back surgery couldn't keep his dad and defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin out of action for long.
During a Big Orange Caravan stop in Franklin on Monday, the Volunteers head coach told fans his 68-year-old father had surgery a few days ago and was back at work on Monday despite being told by doctors to take a week off.
Kiffin told The Tennessean newspaper his father, a former coach in the NFL, had coached through pain for years. When he kept putting off surgery, Kiffin said, "I made him go do it."
But there was no long recovery. A day after he got out of the hospital, the senior Kiffin was back in the office.