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UT Students Riot Over Coach's Departure

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - University of Tennessee students set fires and rioted on campus at the news of Lane Kiffin's surprise departure.

Lane Kiffin Leaving Tennessee For USC

Kiffin's resignation angered the students Tuesday night, resulting in hundreds of them running through the streets around UT's campus.

Students set fires to t-shirts and a mattress. The Knoxville Fire Department came and put out the small fires.

Hundreds of students also blocked the exit from the Neyland Thompson Sports Center.

Vols fans wrote obscene messages to Kiffin. Many said they are upset he abandoned the team after only 14 months.

YouTube Video of Riots

One student said, " Pretty much he just completely betrayed us. He led us on to think that something was going to happen here. When one opportunity opens up he just up and leaves."

Another added, " It's kind of a really shady thing to do - just back out on a contract and leave without any notice. Leave us without a coach late in the recruiting season with the signing date coming up."

No one was arrested after the ordeal.

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