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Sources say Lane Kiffin would leave Ole Miss for Miami Hurricanes

NCAA Football: Texas A&M at Mississippi
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After going 5-5 during his first season as head coach of the Ole Miss Rebels in 2020, Lane Kiffin has helped put the program back on the map in 2021, leading them to an 8-2 record. Having immediate success in the SEC, colleges across the nation are showing interest in Kiffin.

Add the University of Miami to that list.

Andy Slater of Fox Sports reports sources are telling him Kiffin would leave Ole Miss to take the Miami Hurricanes head coaching gig, if it were available.

The University of Miami is certainly a prestigious football program with a rich history, but they are struggling this year at 5-5 and are possibly looking to make a change.

It makes sense to have an interest in Kiffin. He has a proven track record turning programs around in recent time, with Florida Atlantic going 27-13 during his three-year span despite having a total of nine wins the three seasons prior.

Kiffin also has four years of experience at the helm for the USC Trojans and even a couple of seasons in the NFL coaching the then-Oakland Raiders. Although those tenures didn't always go the best, Kiffin appears to have learned from mistakes that plagued him in the past.

While Kiffin could certainly be interested in ditching Ole Miss for Miami, these rumors could just be him posturing for a nice raise, as we've seen from several college coaches across the nation. For now, Kiffin is under contract through 2024 with Ole Miss.

Lane Kiffin contract: In year 2/5

  • Lane Kiffin earnings
  • $5.25 million in 2022
  • $5.5 million in 2023
  • $5.75 million in 2024

Or maybe these rumors come from Miami digging around, trying to find the next leader of their program before they've even sent out current head coach Manny Diaz. Whatever comes of these rumors, it seems to be a pipe dream of Miami's to think a coach will leave a flourishing SEC program for a team that plays in the ACC.