When Lane Kiffin was the offensive coordinator at Alabama from 2014 to 2016, the Crimson Tide only lost two regular season games, both at the hands of Ole Miss.
That’s called foreshadowing as a means of introducing the next head football coach of the Rebels.
This afternoon, Kiffin received a warm welcome in Oxford less than 48 hours after Ole Miss announced his hiring as the program’s 39th head coach.
Details of the contract were also made public on Monday with Kiffin having signed a four-year $16.2 million deal with a $250,000 incentive for a College Football Playoff appearance and $100,000 for a bowl game.
Kiffin comes straight from Florida Atlantic where he just led the Owls to their second Conference USA championship in just three years with the program.
Now Kiffin takes over the reins for the recently fired Matt Luke, whose departure rubbed a lot of returning players the wrong way.
But Kiffin is quickly galvanizing the fan base with his quick-strike sense of humor, poking fun of his unceremonious departure from USC back in 2013, to bring it all full circle on the tarmac. “A lot better than another tarmac experience that I had. I didn’t think about that. Like an anniversary that I had or something like that. So. That was really neat to see. I didn’t know people were allowed on the tarmac. But it was pretty cool. I felt like I was in a movie. Like all of a sudden they’re closing in on you and we’re in and like they’ve got all the lights shining and they just keep closing in and closing in and I’m like alright, where are we going here? And so they’re like just get out, it’ll be okay. And I’m like okay. And it was awesome. The reception was great and it was really neat. You could feel the energy.”
Kiffin also says he already started on the recruiting trail Sunday night.