Ole Miss’ Lane Kiffin reaches one other crossroads with career-altering alternative vs. Alabama, Nick Saban

With out a recreation coach final week, Ole Miss coach Lane Kiffin referred to as out Alabama for being good, reorganized his Instagram account, and as common, made himself the focus.

Typical stuff for Joey Freshwater. Usually entertaining as hell. Viva extra bye weeks for a sure loose-lipped man-child of a coach.

However right here we’re for Alabama week, and it should be famous: Kiffin’s profession is at a crossroads. No, not one other Saturday night time tarmac bloodbath. That is doubtlessly good stuff.

If Ole Miss beats Alabama — admittedly, it is a massive if — Kiffin’s profession arc modifications.

Kiffin would change into the primary former Nick Saban assistant to beat the legendary coach. The ledger for all these coaches presently stands at 0-23. Kiffin definitely will get an “atta boy” for working Saban and the Crimson Tide by way of a ringer final yr earlier than a 63-48 loss in Oxford, Mississippi, so there’s that. 

Kiffin would change into the favourite for the open USC job, at the very least for a big swath of the college’s I-110 alumni. (Consider the West Coast model of “T-shirt alumni” within the South who “pull” for a faculty with out having attended stated establishment.) These Trojans followers are legion, and they’re loud. Keep in mind, they beat the drum for Kiffin and Steve Sarkisian prior to now. Additionally they helped run Clay Helton out of a job final month. Don’t ignore their affect. Moreover, Hollywood loves sequels. This one can be vital. Name it “From Tarmac To Triumph”.

Not saying it will occur — the USC search may flip seven totally different instructions earlier than it is accomplished — however take into account the implications. What number of coaches at a Energy 5 faculty have gotten a second probability on the similar faculty eight years aside earlier than the age of 47? Fairly certain that listing would start and finish with Kiffin.

Kiffin would get the metaphorical silver spoon surgically faraway from his mouth. For these of you who consider Monte Kiffin’s son was born on third base and thought he hit a triple, pay attention up. That is the potential inflection level for the Boy King.

This is able to the second he turns legit within the eyes of skeptics who watched him change into Oakland Raiders coach at age 31, Tennessee coach (for one yr) at 34 and USC coach at age 35. A phase of coaches have been sneering behind Kiff’s again for years, jealous of these alternatives.

Beat Alabama, and Kiffin is not Boy King. He may have matured earlier than our eyes regardless of some sparring this week with Michael Wilbon, who referred to as Kiffin “a clown”.

Kiffin would make Ole Miss arguably the favourite within the SEC West. I am unable to consider I am writing these phrases, however that should be a consideration. The No. 12 Rebels are that good, ranked for the primary time since 2016. The protection has improved massively since ending second-to-last within the nation in 2020. The schedule is considerably favorable going ahead with Ole Miss getting No. 8 Arkansas, No. 15 Texas A&M and LSU at house.

Kiffin would assist Matt Corral change into the early Heisman Trophy frontrunner. Ole Miss’ quarterback is likely to be that already. An upset of Alabama is not taking place with out Corral having one thing resembling the sport of his life. By way of three video games, the Southern California product is within the prime 10 nationally in passing yards and go effectivity. No different Energy 5 QB has thrown extra touchdowns (9) with out an interception.  

The Heisman hype is main news even when is barely 1 / 4 of the way in which by way of the season. There’s a cause Kiffin unfollowed all his Instagram followers however one. New Orleans QB prospect Arch Manning is the Subsequent Massive Manning to emerge from the primary household of soccer. Arch is the son of Cooper, who’s brothers with Peyton and Eli. These three, in fact, are the offspring of Archie Manning.

We’ll do the maths for you if you have not related the dots. Arch attends the identical Isidore Newman Excessive College in New Orleans as his uncles Eli and Peyton. Archie and Eli performed at Ole Miss. That is seemingly Corral’s final season. Arch is the No. 5 rated participant — No. 1 quarterback — within the Class of 2023, based on the 247Sports Composite.

This is not Kiffin providing David Sills IV as an eighth grader. Ole Miss has an opportunity to land a program-changer if solely based mostly on his final identify. 247Sports lists the Rebels together with Alabama, Georgia, Clemson and LSU as the opposite favorites. A win over Alabama doesn’t harm Ole Miss’ possibilities.

We at all times knew Kiffin may recruit. This can be a week Kiffin’s “act” by no means will get outdated. Perhaps he’s rising up earlier than our eyes. Since 2014, he has remade himself as a coach.

It was Kiffin who oversaw Alabama’s transition to the unfold offense seven years in the past. He dutifully took that success and spent three years toiling at FAU, profitable two convention titles.

The distinction as of late? When Kiffin opens his mouth, it is one thing greater than a sideshow. If he beats Saban, it will likely be time to get pleasure from the present

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Aila Slisco

Aila Slisco is a Dailynationtoday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Aila Slisco joined Dailynationtoday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: ailaslisco@dailynationtoday.com.

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