Lane Kiffin reuniting with Nick Saban when Ole Miss hosts Alabama
The last time Ole Miss beat Alabama, Ole Miss Head Football Coach Lane Kiffin was standing on the other sideline, setting the stage for Saturday’s game within a game as Nick Saban and company make their way up to Oxford for a little college reunion.
During Kiffin’s three-year run in Tuscaloosa, the Crimson Tide dominated everyone except the Rebels. Ole Miss accounted for Alabama’s only two regular season losses during that stretch in both 2014 and 2015.
When Kiffin left for Florida Atlantic for some reason, Bama started wearing down the Rebels by an average score of 62-14 from 2017-2019.
Little did Kiffin know at the time of his departure, he would be on the other side of this SEC West match up just a few years later being forced to reflect on his time with the Tide. “I think that’s a story line, but I don’t think that’s really – I know everybody downplays that thing – I don’t think that’s really that big of a deal. We worked together for three years, learned a lot from him, had a great run. I think we had won 24 or 26 straight games when that was over there, so very productive times with a lot of great players and a lot of wins. The only two regular season losses were to Ole Miss, so a good time and obviously very grateful to him.”
In 2014, Kiffin was a finalist for the Broyles Award, given annually to the nation’s top college football assistant coach.
He was also a part of Alabama’s 2015 national championship team.
Saturday’s game kicks off at 5 p.m. from Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on ESPN.