Category Archives: Don’t Mess With Lane Kiffin

No stone unturned

The most Laner story you’ll read today:

When it comes to finding walk-ons on college football rosters over the years, coaches from across the country have found players in a variety of places you would never expect. In desperate need of another punter, Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin told his players to search on campus and go find him a punter. And sure enough, they delivered. In Saturday’s press conference with the media, Kiffin shared the hilarious story about how his players found the latest addition to their football team at a frat party.

“Yeah, I don’t know a whole lot about him. I think he was down at the frat house. You know, like, at a keg party or something. Where they got him from. So, we’ve got some conditioning work to do with my guy. We just said, ‘Hey, someone go find a punter on campus.’ And so, we found one that actually used to punt Division I. So, you never know,” Kiffin said.

Kismet, baby.

The Rebels added Charlie Pollock to their official roster via the transfer portal on Thursday, August 11th. Pollock came to Ole Miss from Nevada and was expected to join the team as soon as Friday, per reports. He did not play football in 2021. He averaged 39.9 yards per punt as a high school senior.

That’s what you get when you’re known for always going for it on fourth down, I guess.



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“If you don’t got it, you definitely don’t got it.”

Regrets?  Matt Corral’s got a few.

When asked about dealing with a quarterback competition, Corral looked back to his college days at Ole Miss.

“I took the easy way out because I felt I could play right away,” he said about his decision to go to Oxford, Miss. “Knowing what I know now and trusting my instincts and trusting my work ethic, I would have went to a place that would have made me compete.”

… That process of learning the playbook is a key reason why Corral isn’t expected to be a serious competitor for the team’s starting job.

The transition between Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin’s system to Panthers’ offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo’s hasn’t been easy even as Corral’s made good progress during the offseason.

I can’t imagine anyone would want to use that in a negative way against Junior on the recruiting trail.  Well, actually I can.


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Happy Father’s Day, Nick, from your favorite son

I would have posted this yesterday, had I seen it then.

Some people never worry about poking the bear.


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Leave Nick alone!

Junior, if you don’t mind me saying so, your suck up is showing just a little bit here.


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Joey Freshwater goes to the prom.

Regular pervy, or just a little?

Either way, you almost have to admire the “no fucks to give” way Junior approaches life.


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Junior be flingin’

Evidently, the Laner didn’t take kindly to Jimbo Fisher’s “clown” remark.

“I’ve obviously said a lot about NIL from the beginning of it,” Kiffin said. “Let’s make sure that we understand I love that the players are getting paid, and I just say how it is.

“I guess I got called a clown before for saying how it is. NIL has a lot to do with where players go, and to not think that is crazy.”

Not that he’s slowing down…

Um… does a Portal King outrank a Portal Master, or vice versa?


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The laziest recruiter in the SEC?

Mullen is gone, so the crown passes to…

Junior is so convinced of his allure, he thinks he can conquer the world with some social media bites.  And don’t get me wrong here — he’s had some success in the transfer portal, but Ole Miss finished tenth in the conference in the 2022 recruiting rankings.  That won’t get it done in the SEC West.

Plus, this.

Transfers won’t win championships by themselves.  But the Laner is entertaining, I’ll grant him that.

And, in related news…

Guess not liking recruiting runs in the family.


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The great equalizer

I don’t think it’s any big secret how Jimbo Fisher’s school has leapfrogged the rest of the country when it comes to the quality of this year’s signing class.  It’s a studly group coming to College Station, and that’s putting it mildly.  For a price, evidently.

It’s also creating some serious butthurt in the SEC West.  Junior’s bemoaning it, for one.

“We are just trying to do it better than anybody else,” Kiffin said. “We now have a sport that has completely different salary caps. Some of these schools (have) five, 10 times more than everybody else (with) what they can pay the players. I know no one uses these phrases, but that is what it is. I joked the other day if Texas A&M was going to incur a luxury tax in how much they paid for their signing class.”

“We now have a sport that has completely different salary caps.”  That’s rich, coming from the school that made “email” a national punch line.

But it’s the king who’s most grievously offended.

“When we start using name, image and likeness for a kid to come to our school, that’s where I draw the line,” he said. “Because that’s not why we did this.”

Saban said it has become such that players are weighing prospective NIL earnings among schools and “we all gotta make a deal.”

“I hear these crazy people on TV who say now you’re doing it above board,” he said. “We never did it. We never did it. We never cheated to get a player. We never paid players to come to our school.

“And now that’s actually happening. People are making deals with high school players to go to their school.”

Saban said it’s simple: The schools with the most money — whether through alumni backing or other means — “have the best chance to have the best team.”

“It’s not about coaching and developing as much as it is, what kind of money can you make?” he said.

It’s funny how he never felt that way when ‘Bama was enticing players with a facilities arms race and spiraling coaches’ salaries.

You don’t have to like the path NIL has begun to chart to want to sneer a little at the change in attitude.  And I’ll bet you dollars to doughnuts if things don’t change soon enough on the NIL front to Saban’s suiting, ‘Bama will be right there in the money chase.

By the way, speaking of Saban, kudos to Scarborough for noting this:

Saban also took issue with the way the transfer portal discourages players from dealing with adversity, as he put it.

“It’s great that players have the freedom to do what they can do, but I also don’t think we should create circumstances where they don’t have the make the commitment and see things through,” he said.

While Alabama hasn’t been as active as some schools in terms of the transfer market, Saban hasn’t shied away from bringing in top talent.

Former Ohio State transfer Jameson Williams became Alabama’s leading receiver this season.

This offseason, Alabama has added former LSU All-American defensive back Eli Ricks and former Georgia Tech All-ACC running back Jahmyr Gibbs.

Alabama also gained the commitment of former Georgia receiver Jermaine Burton, who went head to head with the Tide during the national championship.

You’ve got to admit, it’s pretty impressive that Saban’s grasp of the human condition is so deep that he’s able to ascertain which kids have that sense of commitment and seeing things through and which don’t.

I guess that explains why Jameson Williams was a one-and-done at Alabama.


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Like nature, the transfer portal abhors a vacuum.

Man, Dan Mullen gets canned and the next thing you know…

The Portal Master™ is dead.  Long live the Portal King.


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You should be dancin’.

Gotta admit I don’t get the point to Brian Kelly posting clips of his lame dancing act on social media.

Apparently I’m not the only one.

Hadn’t thought of the lose a bet angle.  Not bad, Junior.


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