I don’t know which is a greater indication of the mediocrity of college athletic directors, that Charlie Weis kept getting paid absurd amounts of money for little production, or this.
Category Archives: Don’t Mess With Lane Kiffin
Nothing like starting out the new year trolling Greg Sankey like a boss. I have no doubt there’s more to come.
UPDATE: Vetted, bitchez!
Translation: we know this smells but we don’t care.
I hope they get creamed with this on the recruiting trail.
LOL. Apparently the Laner’s return to the SEC has made Dan Mullen momentarily forget where he’s coaching now.
It’s gonna be a fun SEC Media Days this year.
Thank you, Ole Miss ($$).
Lane Kiffin is gunning for Nick Saban.
It’s been nearly three years since Saban unceremoniously fired Kiffin, his offensive coordinator, two days after Alabama beat Washington in the 2016 College Football Playoff semifinal at the Peach Bowl. Saban fired Kiffin a week before the national championship game. Kiffin was embarrassed. Kiffin was angry. Kiffin hasn’t forgotten.
That dismissal fueled Kiffin’s desire to return to the SEC and a burning passion to exact revenge on Saban, multiple people with knowledge of the matter told The Athletic. Now that he’s the head coach at Ole Miss, he sees the chance to do so.
Damn, I’ve missed that side of Junior. (As a blogger, that is.) Welcome back, sport.
This ($$) 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.
This is beyond classic.
Again, all I can say is thanks, football gods. I already know I owe you one.
Tell me — is there anything more appropriate to Ole Miss introducing its new head coach to its devoted flock than this?
Given that it’s Junior, I can’t help but wonder if Ole Miss fans will be drinking heavily in a few years for an entirely different reason.