Lane Kiffin gets Ole Miss prepared for hostile environment with 'Rocky Top' at practice
Lane Kiffin used to be the home coach at Neyland Stadium when he worked at Tennessee in 2009. Now, it’ll be hostile territory for him when he leads Ole Miss into action there.
Although the Rebels haven’t played in Knoxville since Kiffin took over, he’s quite familiar with the environment his team will face this Saturday an the opponent, considering he was a visitor there during his time as Alabama’s offensive coordinator. It won’t be anything new.
Perhaps that’s why Kiffin is already giving his Ole Miss team a taste of what to expect. On Tuesday, he tweeted a video from the Rebels’ practice in which you can hear “Rocky Top,” a song frequently played at Neyland Stadium, coming from the speakers:
— Lane Kiffin (@Lane_Kiffin) October 12, 2021
This will be the first time Ole Miss is playing at Tennessee since Nov. 13, 2010, when it lost, 52-14. The Rebels’ last win in Knoxville came on Nov. 12, 1983, as they’ve lost their past 7 games there.
It’s been a while since the Vols and Rebels have even gone head-to-head. The last meeting between the schools came on Oct. 18, 2014, when Ole Miss notched a 34-3 victory in Oxford.
This year, Ole Miss is favored to win, considering it’s off to a 4-1 start and is the No. 13 team in the country. Tennessee will be looking to pull off an upset and earn its biggest win of the season thus far.
The Rebels and Vols are set to kick off on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET on SEC Network.