Weird as it may be, offense rules the day in the SEC West. It wasn’t long ago that the division, and conference as a whole, was predicated on defense, but Lane Kiffin helped spur on that shift during his time as Alabama offensive coordinator.
Nick Saban made the decision to modernize his offense by hiring Kiffin. Ed Orgeron has followed suit at LSU, and will play for a national championship this year.
Auburn, Mississippi State, and Texas A&M all have offensive head coaches. Arkansas had a high-profile former Clemson coordinator in Chad Morris, and while that didn’t work out, new Hogs head coach Sam Pittman is an offensive line guy.
Ole Miss established its identity with a wide-open offense under Hugh Freeze. Now, with Kiffin, they’re going back in that direction. His offensive coordinator choice indicates it as well.
It had previously been reported that Kiffin was eyeing UCF’s Jeff Lebby to take over as Ole Miss offensive coordinator. Now, it looks like that’s a done deal.
Lane Kiffin is hiring #UCF OC Jeff Lebby to be #OleMiss' offensive coordinator. UCF is No. 4 in the country in offense this season.. Kiffin had Lebby's brother in law Kendal Briles as his OC when he first took the FAU job.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) December 12, 2019
The Knights have done a great job maintaining an elite offense, even in the years after Scott Frost’s departure to Nebraska.
He is an Oklahoma graduate, with coaching experience at Southeastern University and Baylor. This season, his offense put up 48 points on Lane Kiffin’s FAU Owls, so his new boss knows first hand what his offenses can do.