Lane Kiffin to Miami? CFB insider explains why Ole Miss coach 'would have a hard time saying no' to Hurricanes
Lane Kiffin has been mentioned in several coaching carousel rumors this season, but so far, nothing has materialized.
Could that change in the future, though? There are rumors linking Kiffin to the Miami job should Manny Diaz be fired.
On “The Herd with Colin Cowherd” on Wednesday, CFB insider Bruce Feldman explained why he thinks Kiffin would have a hard time saying no to the Hurricanes:
“If there’s no Mario, I think there are some old Miami people, former Miami players, who do have some influence,” Feldman said. “They have more voice than at any other program in the country. A lot of those guys who are interested in Lane, and Lane, I think, would have a hard time saying no if Miami came after him.”
Cowherd then agreed that Kiffin felt like a good fit for Miami:
“Miami feels like Lane Kiffin,” Cowherd said. “I think Brian Kelly looked like a Notre Dame football coach. Brian Kelly, once he [got] out of the anger tunnel he was in, it kind of worked. Boston guy, Notre Dame. There are coaches that feel like schools.”
So, why would the job be attractive to Kiffin?
“In the ACC, it’s basically Clemson right now, and that’s what you’re shooting at,” Feldman said. “You don’t have a lot of other stuff. Yeah, Pitt had a really good year and NC State had a decent year. But it’s there for the taking. You’re going to compete against Clemson, and you don’t have to go push past like 6 other SEC heavyweights who are, honestly, they’re better-resourced than they are at Ole Miss. So that’s the interesting part of that. … A lot of the stuff that Miami buzzes about, it fits with him.”
For now, though, Miami still has Manny Diaz in place and Kiffin is still at Ole Miss. We’ll see if anything crazy happens before the 2022 season.