Lane Kiffin is making his Ole Miss Rebels head coaching debut this afternoon.
The former FAU head coach has returned to the SEC after being an assistant at Alabama and a head coach at Tennessee. His 2020 debut comes against the highly-ranked Florida Gators.
While Ole Miss is wearing an awesome light blue uniform, the Rebels’ head coach is wearing a neck gaiter with LSU Tigers colors.
So Kiffin appears to have purple and gold around his neck? pic.twitter.com/4PeH1moaSd
— Steve Caparotta, Ph.D. (@SteveWAFB) September 26, 2020
However, the mask is not any kind of tribute to the LSU Tigers – or another college football team.
The mask pays tribute to former Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant. Here’s a better look at the mask:
Lane Kiffin repping Kobe 👀 pic.twitter.com/4P2VDWZDmw
— Nathanael Gabler (@nategabler) September 26, 2020
The college football world is very excited for the Lane Kiffin era at Ole Miss.
“Lane Kiffin has a lot to work with. Matt Luke left him a lot of talent. He’s got a couple of quarterbacks he can use — Matt Corral can spin it. I think he’ll fit in well with what Lane Kiffin likes to do throwing the football quickly. John Rhys Plumlee is a wrinkle, an athletic guy who can run and throw. He’s got a lot of skill in the backfield and out at receiver. I think Lane has got more to work with, even though Mike Leach has KJ Costello coming over from Stanford. But I can’t wait to see Lane Kiffin’s offense with all that talent I mentioned,” Kirk Herbstreit said.
Ole Miss trails Florida, 28-14, at halftime.
The game is on ESPN.