The man is selfless.
Ole Miss football coach Lane Kiffin says players whose conferences have decided to postpone fall sports should be free to transfer without penalty.
During an appearance on the SEC Network on Tuesday, Kiffin said it’s a “shame” that players are unable to do so.
“Kids are having their schools or their conferences deciding to shut down, so they can’t play, and a lot of them have a lot of money on the line with the next level, or they just want to play their last year,” Kiffin said. “So it’s really unfortunate that the NCAA is not allowing them to transfer and be eligible immediately. We’re being told that won’t even go into a waiver process, so I feel really bad for those kids. It’s not their fault. Why can’t they come play somewhere? That doesn’t make any sense to me.”
He just wants to help. And if there’s a little side benefit in there for him, who would begrudge that? Because he just wants to help.
If they get to play football, this is gonna be fun to watch.
The Pirate versus Junior Show is gonna be a trip, no doubt. One good point Leach makes in this Dennis Dodd piece — no, not “Breeze and saltwater. I don’t think that disease likes breeze and saltwater.” — is that, unlike when they faced off in the Pac-12, they’re on pretty similar footing now when it comes to resources.
It’ll be interesting to see where their two programs stand after a few years.
I hope they get the season started in time for the Egg Bowl. For that matter, why didn’t the SEC schedule the two of them back to back for SEC Media Days?
It’s not every day you see Georgia quote the Laner in an official press release.
What a time to be alive, eh?
Ole Miss flips a Florida commitment and, as you might expect, there’s jubilation in some quarters and “eh, we didn’t really want him” in others.
I have to admit this may be my favorite mix of SEC head coaches ever.
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.
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.