Lane Kiffin Named Head Coach at Ole Miss

By Matthew Filipovits on December 7, 2019 at 5:55 pm
Nov 10, 2018; Boca Raton, FL, USA; Florida Atlantic Owls head coach Lane Kiffin reacts during the first half against the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers at FAU Football Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
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Ole Miss has named Lane Kiffin the 39th head coach in Rebels history.

The 44-year-old has been one of the most interesting names in the sport over the past 15 years, serving as a head coach in both the NFL and college ranks in that span.

He began his head coaching career with the Oakland Raiders, going 5-15 in less than two seasons in the NFL. He spent the 2009 season as the head coach of Tennessee, before leaving to take over for Pete Carroll at USC. He was famously fired at an airport in the middle of his fourth season with the Trojans. From there, he spent three seasons as Alabama's offensive coordinator, helping get them to the 2015 College Football Playoff National Championship, before being relieved of his duties before the final. He was then named head coach at Florida Atlantic, where he went 26-13 in three seasons, winning two conference titles.

Ole Miss fired head coach Matt Luke after a 4-8 campaign this season, his second straight season of sub .500 football. Luke spent three seasons at the helm of the Rebels, serving as interim head coach for the entire 2017 season. The interim tag was removed after that season, but it never seemed like Luke was the Rebels' long-term option.