This past season was quite disappointing for the Ole Miss Rebels, which led to the program making a major change to their coaching staff. Head coach Matt Luke was fired and Lane Kiffin jumped at the opportunity to go from Florida Atlantic to Mississippi.
Kiffin wasted little time putting together a solid yet controversial staff at Ole Miss.
Out of all the additions he made to his coaching staff, the one that raised the most questions was his decision to hire D.J. Durkin. His tenure at Maryland ended on abysmal terms due to the death of Jordan McNair.
While that decision isn’t exactly sitting well with the public, the Rebels did add Chris Partridge. He’s making the switch from Michigan to Ole Miss.
The final hire for Ole Miss is cornerbacks coach Terrell Buckley. Not only should that help Kiffin’s defense for next season, it weakens Mississippi State’s coaching staff in the process.
Buckley spent the past four seasons with the Bulldogs.
Here is how Kiffin’s staff at Ole Miss will look next season:
HC Lane Kiffin
OC/QBs Jeff Lebby
OL Randy Clements
RBs Kevin Smith
WRs Derrick Nix
TEs Joe Jon Finley
Co-DC/probably LBs D.J. Durkin
Co-DC/probably safeties Chris Partridge
Asst. HC/DL Freddie Roach
CBs Terrell Buckley
ST/defensive assistant Blake Gideon
— Ben Garrett (@SpiritBen) January 18, 2020
Now that Kiffin has built a strong coaching staff at Ole Miss, it’ll be interesting to see who Mike Leach hires to complete his staff at Mississippi State.
We’ll see next fall if the Rebels can make some noise in their first year under Coach Kiffin.