This ($$) is so, so good.
… The key piece to this puzzle is Kiffin. Everything that comes along with him is a bonus — or a side effect, whichever you want to call it.
He is a 44-year-old lightning rod in the sport with a track record that borders on the ridiculous, from breaking NCAA rules by sending recruiting hostesses to visit high school prospects while at Tennessee to deflating footballs while at USC to sending numerous tweets that cross the proverbial line. He has said he’s matured and learned from his experiences, with a nod to the value of coaching alongside Saban in particular, but he has never really muzzled himself. His personality and his candor are what make him polarizing, but they also make him must-see TV and a must-follow on Twitter — especially when his teams are good but most definitely when they aren’t. They are what keep him in the national spotlight, whether he’s in Boca Raton or Tuscaloosa.
Now the Lane Kiffin show, as unorthodox as it may be, comes to Oxford. The fans are already rushing to get in their deposits for tickets, with the start of a new season still 10 months away. The show that starts right now is the point.
Junior was hired for the attention he’ll bring. Coaching success is almost secondary. But I’ll bet you one thing right now: if he succeeds at Ole Miss, he’ll be the coach they hire in Tuscaloosa to succeed Saban. The Laner is probably the one dude in the country who wouldn’t be intimidated in the slightest about succeeding a legend. Hell, he’d be playing with house money at that point, anyway.
In the meantime, I’m looking forward to the first time he makes Greg Sankey uncomfortable.