Lane Kiffin was officially announced as Ole Miss’ head football coach on Saturday. (Jim Rassol/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP, File)
By Creg Stephenson | [email protected]
Not long after Lane Kiffin led Florida Atlantic to a 49-6 rout of UAB in Saturday’s Conference USA championship game, Ole Miss announced Kiffin would be its new football coach.
Kiffin returns to the SEC following a three-year stint with the Owls, where he went 26-13 with two CUSA championships. He will be introduced Monday in Oxford.
“I couldn’t be more excited to welcome Coach Kiffin to the Ole Miss family,” Ole Miss athletics director Keith Carter said. “As we entered this process, we were looking for energy, innovativeness and a program builder who could excite our student-athletes and fans. Coach Kiffin checked every box and is a home run for our program. I look forward to locking arms with him to take Ole Miss Football to a championship level.”
The 44-year-old Kiffin was previously an SEC head coach at Tennessee, going 7-6 in his lone season before leaving for USC. He was 28-15 in three-plus years with the Trojans, before he was fired early in the 2013 season.
Kiffin was then hired as offensive coordinator at Alabama, where he helped the Crimson Tide to three straight SEC championships and a national title after the 2015 season. He is credited with helping develop Blake Sims, Jake Coker and Jalen Hurts, and also with helping sign Tua Tagovailoa.
“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. “I am especially grateful to Keith Carter, Chancellor (Glenn) 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 replaces Matt Luke, who was fired last Sunday after three seasons and a 15-21 record. The Rebels went 4-8 in 2019, ending their season with a 21-20 loss to Mississippi State on Thanksgiving night.
In eight seasons as a college head coach, Kiffin is 61-34. He was also head coach of the NFL’s Oakland Raiders in 2007-08, going 5-15 before he was fired four games into his second season.