Lane Kiffin irked more than one Southeastern Conference coach during his short tenure at Tennessee.
And his exit from Knoxville to USC in 2010 still makes tempers boil in SEC country.
But with Alabama, Georgia and Florida in the mix for the Bowl Championship Series title, coaches and fans across the South will be rooting for Kiffin and the Trojans on Saturday when they play top-ranked and unbeaten Notre Dame at the Los Angeles Coliseum. A USC victory opens the door, perhaps, for another all-SEC title game.
Notre Dame is No. 1 in the BCS standings. A loss to the unranked Trojans could end the Fighting Irish's bid for their first national title since 1988.
Alabama is No. 2 in the BCS standings, Georgia No. 3 and Florida No. 4. All have 10-1 records, as do Oregon and Kansas State.
"I had an Alabama coach text me," Kiffin said Thursday.
Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban?
"Nick doesn't know how to text," Kiffin said. "I've texted him before."
The message from the Alabama assistant?
"Just win Saturday," Kiffin said. "Beat the Irish."
TCU 20, Texas 13: Matthew Tucker scored two touchdowns, Jaden Oberkrom kicked two field goals and TCU's defense forced four turnovers in beating the No. 18 Longhorns.
Tucker scored on runs of 1 and 2 yards and the Horned Frogs (7-4, 4-4) dominated the line of scrimmage, running the ball 48 times and passing just 10. TCU had two interceptions inside their own 10 to kill Texas (8-3, 5-3) drives and picked up a fumble by Longhorns quarterback David Ash to set up Tucker's second touchdown. Ash was relieved by Case McCoy, who led a late touchdown drive before an interception by Sam Carter in the final two minutes sealed the win for the Horned Frogs.