Ole Miss Hires Lane Kiffin as Head Football Coach

Lane Kiffin in 2017 with the Florida Atlantic Owls. Photo by JC Ridley/CSM/REX/Shutterstock

After a severely disappointing 2019 season that ended with a 4-8 record and a second consecutive season with a losing record, Ole Miss decided to part ways with former head coach Matt Luke.

On Sunday, the Rebels decided on the coach that will lead them forward in the future.

Lane Kiffin, the polarizing and enigmatic coach who has held some of the most high-profile jobs in the country, has been signed as Ole Miss’s new head coach.

The 44-year-old coach spent the past three seasons as the head coach of the Florida Atlantic Owls. Here, Kiffin rebuilt a reputation that had suffered after tenures at Tennessee and USC that were marred by middling results and controversy.

Kiffin finished with a 26-13 record at FAU, qualifying the team for two bowl games in three seasons and winning two Conference USA championships. This year, the Owls achieved a 10-2 record and qualified to play in the Boca Raton Bowl.

The stakes will be higher for Kiffin with the Rebels, who are desperately looking to be competitive in the cut throat SEC. Ole Miss hasn’t won a bowl game or finished with a winning conference record since 2015.

Kiffin’s deal with Ole Miss is reportedly for 5 years and $21 million, lasting through the end of the 2024 season.