When speaking to reporters on Thursday evening during the press conference that followed Hugh Freeze’s resignation, Ole Miss athletic director Ross Bjork said he hasn’t “even thought about a search” for a permanent head coach.
At some point, that will need to be the focus, and that’s already the topic on everyone’s mind a day removed from the shocking news that saw an SEC head coaching job open up just six weeks away from the start of the 2017 season.
One name being floated around along with the likes of Les Miles and Chip Kelly? That would be Lane Kiffin.
On Friday morning, Paul Finebaum was on SportsCenter to talk about the chances of that happening.
“He is young, he is offensive-minded and he comes with a lot of controversy,” Finebaum said. “It might be worth remembering his brother (Chris Kiffin) was on this staff and is no longer on that staff. He was part of this NCAA case. That could be used against Kiffin.
“I would bet against Lane for this particular job. I think he would really help a program, but I think Ole Miss has dealt with too much controversy. And I think Lane Kiffin just brings the circus with him wherever he goes.”
Kiffin is getting ready to start his debut season at Florida Atlantic, which will face Navy on Friday, Sept. 1. The Owls have gone 3-9 in each of the last three seasons.
While Kiffin might not be a realistic candidate for a Rebels program that needs anyone but someone with a checkered past, the aforementioned Miles and Kelly are more likely replacements. That pair, along with four other names, makes up our six coaches who make the most sense to replace Freeze.
Click here to watch the full interview with Finebaum.