Late Friday night, a report emerged listing Florida Atlantic head coach Lane Kiffin as the favorite for the Ole Miss vacancy.
According to a report from Ole Miss insider Neal McCready, Kiffin is expected to become the program’s new head coach with an announcement coming next week.
After the news broke, ESPN turned to SEC pundit Paul Finebaum for his reaction.
Finebaum raved about the hire.
Here’s what he had to say, via 247Sports:
“I think it’s a spectacular hire. Lane Kiffin has a a lot of experience. We forget he’s had four head coaching jobs, one in the NFL and three in college ball. Listen, I think he is prepared of this job. He was really sent to purgatory after leaving Nick Saban a couple years ago and has done a really good job at FAU off the radar.
“A lot of people want to conjure up things about the past, but I know Lane Kiffin very well and he’s got a plan. The key will be his coaching staff. Keep your eye on what some of his first moves will be. I’m willing to predict they will surprise and put a little bit of fear in the SEC. I think Lane Kiffin is for real at Ole Miss.”
Kiffin owns a 25-13 record in three seasons at FAU. He’s led the Owls to the conference title game in two of three seasons.
Now it seems he’s headed back to the SEC.