Rebels officially hire Kiffin as their new head football coach

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Ole Miss Rebels have officially named Lane Kiffin as their new head football coach. He replaces Matt Luke, who was fired at the end of the season.

He comes to Oxford, Mississippi after coaching the Florida Atlantic Owls for the last three seasons. Kiffin has eight years’ experience as a head coach at the Division I level, including one previous season in 2009.

Former Florida Atlantic Owls head coach Lane Kiffin looks on against the Bethune Cookman Wildcats
Lane Kiffin looks on against the Bethune Cookman Wildcats (Getty Images)

“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 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 met with both the Rebels and the Arkansas Razorbacks recently in Boca Raton, Florida. After meeting with each program administration, he chose to continue his coaching career with the Rebels.

“As an experienced head coach and one of the great offensive minds in college football, Lane Kiffin brings energetic leadership, deep understanding of the competitive landscape of the SEC and an approach to the game that will captivate Ole Miss fans,” Chancellor Glenn Boyce said. “I am thrilled to welcome Coach Kiffin to Ole Miss and Oxford as we look ahead with great anticipation for the future of Ole Miss Football. In addition, I want to congratulate Keith Carter for the outstanding leadership he demonstrated in attracting a nationally recognized coach to our university to lead the Rebel football program.”

In his lone season with the Tennessee Volunteers in the SEC, he guided the program to a 7-6 record. However, after the team’s Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl loss to the Virginia Tech Hokies, Kiffin departed for a job with the USC Trojans.

As a college football head coach, he has a 61-34 record. He went 26-13 in the past three seasons with the Owls, including a 21-6 record in two of those three seasons.

“I couldn’t be more excited to welcome Coach Kiffin to the Ole Miss family,” Director of Athletics 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.”

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