The embattled Bryan Harsin and his Auburn Tigers will face off Saturday against Lane Kiffin’s Ole Miss Rebels in Oxford.
Kiffin, who served as Alabama’s offensive coordinator from 2014-2016, was infamously fired by the USC Trojans just five games into the 2013 regular season.
Harsin and the Tigers roll into Oxford with a 3-3 record. The Auburn head coach has faced immense pressure over questions surrounding his job security, questions that continue to persist after his team’s sluggish start to the season.
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During his Monday press conference, Kiffin was asked how to manage the adversity faced by head coaches while on the hot seat. His response to the question was an honest and humble take.
@nicksuss asked Lane Kiffin about the challenges of coaching amid hot-seat rumors as it now relates to Bryan Harsin. His answer was gold: pic.twitter.com/tOBNlqqqvW
— Grace Ybarra (@gnybarra) October 10, 2022
“Well I didn’t do very good. I got fired after five games,” said Kiffin. “So I’m probably not the one to ask how to do that. I mean, I was 3-2. So I’m probably not the right one to ask that.”
Kiffin has been widely credited for Alabama’s reformation to an offensive powerhouse, as he was the first coach to implement spread-oriented concepts into the Tide’s scheme. Kiffin has given Saban nothing but praise since he left the program in 2016 to lead Florida Atlantic’s football program.
Auburn is set to square off against Kiffin’s Rebels 11 a.m. Saturday on ESPN.
Dylan Smith is the editor of Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @DylanSmithAL
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