Lane Kiffin addresses rumors of interest in Arkansas job during offseason
The rumors connecting Lane Kiffin to Arkansas last year are well documented on the Internet. With multiple SEC jobs opening up in the offseason, Fayetteville seemed to be the destination the “Lane Train” was headed on its way from Boca Raton and Florida Atlantic.
Eventually, Kiffin ended up at Ole Miss, and Georgia offensive line coach Sam Pittman took the reins of the Razorbacks program. Kiffin never really publically addressed last year’s reports until being asked about it during his weekly press conference on Monday, mentioning that he did speak with the school about the position but failing to go further in depth about it.
“We did (have conversations with Arkansas),” he said, according to the official Ole Miss web site. “I’m not going to get into complete detail about that. I knew the athletic director (Hunter Yurachek) from interviewing with him at Houston, so I knew him before.”
Meanwhile, Arkansas looks to be trending in the right direction under Pittman, upsetting Mississippi State in Week 2 to snap a 20-game SEC losing streak and nearly beating Auburn on Saturday until an errant call against them ultimately led to a game-winning Tigers field goal.
“I think they have some really good young players that you’re seeing, kind of like us on offense as well,” Kiffin said. “They very easily could’ve won last week against an established program like Auburn…Their defense, for a defense that was really bad last year statistically, is doing a great job.”