Lane Kiffin gets rock star welcome in Oxford, as he holds a baby and is told 'get a burner phone'
The second Conference USA championship for the Florida Atlantic Owls in Lane Kiffin’s three-year tenure, the popular coach departed for his new position with the Ole Miss Rebels following FAU’s 49-6 victory over the UAB Blazers on Saturday.
Arriving in Oxford on Sunday, the 44-year-old received a very warm welcome from a fan base starved for sustained success.
Ole Miss football’s official Twitter account shared video of the scene on Twitter:
— Ole Miss Football (@OleMissFB) December 8, 2019
After exiting the plane, Kiffin soon held a baby and is told, “Get you a burner phone.”
Lane Kiffin already kissing babies and being told “get you a burner phone” in Oxford pic.twitter.com/JSZIBL4UuZ
— Pick Your Poison (@pickpoisonpod) December 8, 2019
Kiffin is son of longtime National Football League defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, and he played quarterback for the Fresno State Bulldogs from 1994-96.
Joining the staff as a graduate assistant in 1997, he left for Fort Collins to became a GA at Colorado State for a year before receiving his first NFL experience as an offensive quality control coach with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2000.
Kiffin then returned to serve as Pete Carroll’s tight ends coach at USC in 2001. He worked his way up to the role of passing game coordinator/offensive coordinator by 2005.
His first head coaching job, he was tabbed with leading the Oakland Raiders in 2007 at just 31 years of age, becoming the youngest coach in the league’s modern era (since 1946).
Kiffin lasted just 20 games after posting a 5-15 record with the Raiders. He then got his first taste of the SEC as Tennessee’s head coach in 2009. Winning seven games in his lone season with the Volunteers, he controversially departed for a return to become USC’s head coach. He was later fired and resurfaced in the SEC as Nick Saban’s offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at Alabama from 2014-16.
The Rebels’ previous head coach, Matt Luke, was dismissed after tallying a 15-21 (6-18 SEC) record over three years.