Auburn football coaches hot board: Lane Kiffin or bust?
It’s all about Lane Kiffin for Auburn right now.
John Sokolow reported last night that Lane Kiffin will be stepping down as Ole Miss head coach after the Egg Bowl and moving to Auburn soon.
In his tweet, Sokolov noted that his sources said that Auburn has not made an official offer to Kiffin.
He caught the heavy Lane Train ratio himself on Twitter.
Despite the social media trolling, it still feels like John Cohen and the Tigers are still in hot pursuit of Kiffin — what if they don’t get him?
No one is really sure where Auburn’s search will go.
Here’s a look at our updated hot board with Kiffin at the top and the rumored names below him.
Lane Kiffin – Ole Miss
Ole Miss record: 23-10
Overall score: 84-43
Head coaching experience: Oakland Raiders, Tennessee, USC, Florida Atlantic, Ole Miss
Other experience: Fresno State (assistant), Colorado State (GA), Jacksonville Jaguars (DQC), USC (TE, WR, PGC, OC), Alabama (OC/QB)
Kiffin recently had some fun on the internet trolling the news that he was leaving Ole Miss and going to Auburn after the Egg Bowl. However, there has been no public announcement yet on whether he signed the extension the Rebels offered him a week ago … other than in his responses to media questions about the Tigers’ vacancy.
If the Tigers don’t land Kiffin, here are some other names that could be floating around:
Hugh Freeze – Freedom
Record at Svoboda: 34-13
Overall score: 75-45
Head coaching experience: Lambuth, Arkansas State, Ole Miss, Liberty
Other experience: Ole Miss (TE), Arkansas State (OC)
After losing the last two games to inferior opponents, the hype surrounding Freese as a second option has died down.
Dabo Swinney – Clemson
Clemson record: 159-37
Overall record: 159-37
Head coaching experience: Clemson
Other experience: Alabama (GA, WR, TE), Clemson (WR, AHC, OC)
There is no chance that Swinney will decommit from Clemson, but there will likely be rumors of talks with Auburn.
James Franklin – Pennsylvania
Record at Penn State: 75-36
Overall record: 99-51
Head coaching experience: Vanderbilt, PA
Other experience: Kutztown (WR), East Stroudsburg (DB), Rosclyde Kings (OC), James Madison (WR), Washington State (TE), Idaho State (WR), Maryland (WR), Green Bay Packers (WR) , Kansas State (OC, QB), Maryland (AHC, OC, QB)
Franklin’s name has recently surfaced in coaching search rumors.
Luke Fickell – Cincinnati
Cincinnati record: 56-17
Overall score: 62-24
Head coaching experience: Ohio State (interim), Cincinnati
Other experience: Ohio State (GA, ST, LB, DC, Interim HC), Akron (DL)
Fickell could be a big-name hire, but no one knows if there will be interest from his camp.
Pros: Fickell leads a Group of Five team to the College Football Playoff for the first time since the playoffs began.
Cons: Never coached in the South, no SEC experience, recruiting and NIL skills somewhat questionable.
Matt Rule, Carolina Panthers
Carolina record: 11-27
Overall record: 47-43 (NCAA), 11-27 (NFL)
Head coaching experience: Temple, Baylor, Carolina Panthers
Other experience: Penn State (assistant), Albright (LB), Buffalo (DL), UCLA (DL), Western Carolina (ST, LB, AHC), Temple (DL, QB, RC, TE, OC), New York Giants (AOL)
Ruhl is similar to Fickell in that he has proven he can coach and win, but has yet to break into the SEC landscape.
It’s also interesting to watch the reaction of Auburn fans.
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