John Rhys Plumlee describes 'funny' relationship with Lane Kiffin: 'I want to go and kind of crack his shell'
The coach and quarterback relationship is an important one in college football, especially in the SEC, and most definitely when the star player also plays baseball.
That’s the case at Ole Miss, where John Rhys Plumlee splits time, especially this time of year, between baseball and football. Plumlee was a guest on “The Paul Finebaum Show” on Thursday and described his relationship with coach Lane Kiffin.
“He’s definitely one of the funniest head coaches that I’ve ever played for,” Plumlee said. “I think the relationship that we have is kind of a funny one because Coach Kiffin isn’t really an extrovert in person. On social media, he loves to tweet and have a lot of fun on social media, which he’s hilarious on. But when it comes to being in person, he kind of keeps to himself a whole lot. Me, my personality is I want to go and kind of crack his shell. The first couple weeks I kind of leaned on him a little bit, cracked some jokes at him and now I think we have a pretty good relationship where we kind of joke back and forth. I really enjoy it, it’s a lot of fun.”
Plumlee earlier this week launched his first career home run for the Rebels.
About last football season, Plumlee said he had to wait patiently for playing time.
“An opportunity showed up in the last bowl game at the wide receiver position and I decided to make the most of the opportunity, and use the ability that God blessed me with and see what I could do, and it ended up being a whole lot of fun,” he said. “Made some pretty big catches, a big drop too, so that was a good way to start it off, but I think I ended up pretty strong. … As a whole, I think we are going in the right direction. The momentum going into next season is really good, the culture around here is amazing.”