A decade after leaving his post as a SEC head coach, Lane Kiffin has returned to the nation’s toughest college football conference.
Ole Miss rocked the college football world by announcing the hiring of Kiffin on Saturday afternoon just minutes after his Florida Atlantic squad won the Conference USA Championship Game.
On Monday, Kiffin was in Oxford as the Rebels introduced him as the man to replace former Ole Miss coach Matt Luke.
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Lane Kiffin’s introductory press conference at Ole Miss
“I am truly honored and humbled to join the Ole Miss family, and recognize this as a special opportunity to lead Rebel Football into the future,” Kiffin said, per the official Ole Miss athletics site.
“I am especially grateful to Chancellor Boyce and the entire Ole Miss family for their trust and confidence. Our staff and I will work tirelessly to recruit and develop successful players for this program, and I look forward to producing many exciting memories to add to Ole Miss’ storied football legacy. I am excited to get to Oxford and begin the groundwork of building a championship program that Mississippi’s flagship university deserves, and I’m thrilled to be back in the greatest athletics’ conference in the nation. Hotty Toddy!”
Kiffin, now 44 years old, arrives at Ole Miss after posting an impressive 26-13 record through three years at FAU. Prior to his return to head coaching in Boca Raton, Kiffin served as the Alabama offensive coordinator under Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban from 2014-16.
He first arrived in the SEC at Tennessee in 2009 on the heels of a 5-15 showing as the young and brash head coach of the NFL’s Oakland Raiders.
Kiffin lasted just one year in Knoxville, leading the Vols to a 7-6 record before bolting for the open USC job. He went 28-15 as the head coach of the Trojans from 2010-13.
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