Analyst explains why Auburn football job is attractive to Lane Kiffin
Lane Kiffin has been reported to be the name to watch for the Auburn football head coaching vacancy that opened up on Halloween day when the university cut ties with Bryan Harsin following the implementation of former Mississippi State athletic director John Cohen.
Kiffin could be on the precipice of an SEC Championship berth should his Ole Miss Rebels knock off Alabama next weekend, but even if the Sip gets close to a chip, the Plains looms large for the 47-year-old.
The reason? Resources that Ole Miss cannot match at the moment, or possibly ever, and unlimited freedom that his fellow SEC cohort in the Magnolia State, Mike Leach, enjoyed under the newly instilled Cohen in Starkville.
College football insider Bruce Feldman explained the advantages Auburn football offers Kiffin that may be too attractive to pass up:
“The name to really keep an eye on I’m told is Lane Kiffin. He’s 18-4 in the last two years at Ole Miss. He’s really evolved and has really grown into this position. He’s proved he can really win in the SEC. Also, they just hired at Auburn John Cohen the AD from Mississippi State. He really showed his could give his old head coach Mike Leach a lot of flexibility. That would probably be pretty attractive to Lane Kiffin, if he did take this job. It also has a lot of resources.”
Auburn football locked in on Lane Kiffin, Deion Sanders a long shot
At this point, the idea of Deion Sanders as Auburn football head coach is one that exists in our imaginations. Per a source close to the team, ‘Prime Time’ is a long shot to get the job at this point.
With that said, the Lane Train to the Plains wave could be rolling with every reporter seemingly indicating that the Tigers are the likeliest landing spot for Kiffin. Given Kiffin’s job-hopping history, his time at Ole Miss could soon peak, and a loss to Alabama in Week 11 could end any hopes he has of winning the conference with the Rebels. That would open the door for a move to one of the country’s most high-profile jobs.