Reports: Ole Miss 'nearing deal' with Lane Kiffin
It’s looking like Lane Kiffin is coming back to the SEC.
Multiple outlets are reporting that Ole Miss is “nearing a deal” with the Florida Atlantic head coach.
SportsTalk Mississippi was first to report that the two parties were close to a deal. USA TODAY’s Dan Wolken later chimed in that he was hearing similar news. Neal McCready of Rebel Grove is also reporting that Kiffin and Ole Miss are close to a deal with an announcement likely coming Sunday. SportsTalk Mississippi is reporting that an announcement will come Sunday.
Kiffin had also been linked to the opening at Arkansas. It appears that the Rebels won the battle with their SEC West rivals. Earlier Friday, FAU’s president said he expected a decision from Kiffin within the next couple of days.
Kiffin was 5-15 as a head coach with the Oakland Raiders in the 2007-08 seasons in the NFL. After being fired at Oakland, 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, Kiffin took the FAU job. The Owls, which play for the Conference USA championship on Saturday, are 25-13 in three seasons under Kiffin.
Multiple sources telling me tonight Lane Kiffin to Ole Miss is as close to a done deal without being official as is possible. At this point, I expect an announcement Sunday.
— Neal McCready (@NealMcCready) December 7, 2019
The feeling around the college football world tonight is that Ole Miss has outflanked Arkansas in the Lane Kiffin sweepstakes, such as it is. Obviously still a fluid situation and nothing gets done until after tomorrow’s games but Razorbacks may need to make contingency plans.
— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) December 7, 2019