In his second season as head coach at Ole Miss, Lane Kiffin has the Rebels ranked No. 8 in the nation with a 9-2 record. He’s got his program running laps around most of the SEC and has a good shot at leading them to a New Years Day bowl game. Oh and he’s got solid in-roads with the No. 1 prospect in the 2023 Class, quarterback Arch Manning.
Meanwhile, the LSU Tigers are about to part ways with Ed Orgeron, the Miami Hurricanes are almost certainly going to be in the market for a new coach, and the Florida Gators just fired Dan Mullen.
If you don’t see how all of those things are related, you must not be paying attention to college football’s coaching carousel.
With Mel Tucker presumably off the board, Kiffin might just be the No. 1 prospect of every college football program right now. Kiffin’s reputation for leaving one job for a more lucrative job may or may not be justified at this point in his career, but until he proves otherwise, you better believe other programs are going to want to jump for his services, especially now that he seems to have been able to match his off-the-field style with on-the-field results.
And if you didn’t think people were talking about Lane and his possibilities next season, a quick check of College Football Twitter should rectify that.
I’m excited to see how Lane Kiffin is going to coach Ole Miss, Florida, Miami and LSU all at one time.
— Brad Logan (@BradLoganCOTE) November 21, 2021
Lane Kiffin gonna be making $10 million a season. For somebody.
— Adam Kramer (@KegsnEggs) November 21, 2021
Lane Kiffin meets with the Athletics Directors from LSU, Florida and Miami… pic.twitter.com/f1NeNSJN3G
— Mark Nagi (@MarkNagi) November 21, 2021
*Queue “Lane Kiffin is the front runner for Florida job.” https://t.co/VCYKXNBJKm
— Will Golsan (@Golzar_08) November 21, 2021
It would be pretty wild for Kiffin to leave one SEC job for another, but it’s not like it hasn’t happened before (Mullen left Mississippi State for Florida). Still, in spite of all the hype and hoopla, Kiffin has a pretty big dream scenario on his hands at Ole Miss right now. If he can get paid, and he ends up getting Arch Manning to commit, what reason would he really have to leave? Of course, money talks and stranger things have happened in the world of college football.