It's official: Ole Miss hires Lane Kiffin; AD, Kiffin release statements
Lane Kiffin is the 39th head coach of Ole Miss football, and the program will welcome Kiffin in a Monday press conference.
Ole Miss AD Keith Carter released a statement explaining the hire, along with Chancellor Glenn Boyce.
“I couldn’t be more excited to welcome Coach Kiffin to the Ole Miss family,” 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.”
“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,” said Chancellor Glenn Boyce. “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.”
Kiffin coached FAU to a Conference USA Championship Saturday with a 49-6 win over UAB. The Rebels new head coach also released a statement through the university.
“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 was 5-15 as a head coach with the Oakland Raiders in the 2007-08 seasons in the NFL. After being fired by the Raiders, he became Tennessee’s head coach and led the Volunteers to a 7-6 mark in 2009 before infamously leaving to take the USC job. At Southern Cal, Kiffin went 28-15 before the “tarmac firing” in 2013. After his time as an assistant at Alabama under Nick Saban, Kiffin took the FAU job. The Owls finished 26-13 in three seasons under Kiffin.