ESPN is reporting that Lane Kiffin will be the 38th head coach of the Ole Miss Rebels. The hiring comes on the heels of the firing of Matt Luke a week ago.
What Kiffin Brings
Lane Kiffin spent one full season and a partial second season at Oakland to begin his head coaching career. He was the youngest head coach in Raider history.
Afterward he took over at Tennessee and took the Volunteers to a bowl game in his first year. The stint was short and he hopped to Southern California for a four-year stint.
Under heavy sanctions, Kiffin took the Trojans to an 8-5 and 10-2 season in his first two years. The Trojans were ineligible for the postseason during those seasons. The next year he went 7-6 and started his last season 3-2 before a midseason firing.
At FAU Kiffin has taken the Owls to two conference championships. The Owls are bound for their second bowl game, tallying their all time total to four. The owls are playing for their second conference championship today under Lane Kiffin.
What He Inherits
Ole Miss is coming off a 4-8 season. The Rebels were competitive in every game despite the eight losses. In five of the eight losses the final score was decided by one possession.
Both sides of the ball are very young, specifically the offense. True freshman quarterback John Rhys Plumlee returns as does dual runningback threats Jerrion Ealy and Snoop Conner. The leading wide receiver, sophomore Elijah Moore is back along with freshmen Dontario Drummond and Jonathan Mingo.
Kiffin will need to piece together a recruiting class that has fallen apart since the firing. The 2020 recruiting class was originally around the 21st mark in the country. They have since fallen to 34th per 247 Sports. They retain 17 commitments after the six decommitments. Several players currently committed have announced that while they remain committed, their recruitment is still open.
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