One week after Ole Miss Athletics Director Keith Carter began his search for the new Head Coach of the Rebels, he introduced Lane Kiffin to a welcoming crowd in The Pavilion.
OXFORD, Miss. — THE LANE TRAIN HAS FINALLY ENTERED THE STATION!
After days of seeing train-related gifs, memes, and songs on social media, Rebel Nation finally met its new head coach, as Lane Kiffin was introduced to a crowd in The Pavilion Monday afternoon.
There is only one word to describe the introduction that took place at 1 pm today — electric. The Pavilion was buzzing, packed to the brim with eager students, alumni and fans anxious to get a glimpse of the 39th head football coach.
After numerous train-inspired songs played, Kiffin entered the building. Explosion.
Everyone rose to their feet and whooped and hollered and clapped. It was deafening. This is the shot in the armOle Miss needed, and life is back in Oxford, to say the least. People are excited. Season ticket sales are up, from all reports, and anyone and everyone is making donations to the athletic fund.
This was the home run AD Carter was looking for. When he took the podium to speak, he, received a standing ovation. The fans who had seemed to be “lost in the wilderness” found their way back to the Promised Land.
“We aren’t here to be good; we are here to be great,” Kiffin said to the enthusiastic Rebels.
I believe him. I’ll be the first to say I was initially skeptical of the hire, but I am fully and totally ON THE TRAIN. The Lane Train.
Let’s look at it. He’s won pretty much everywhere he’s been (Tennessee, USC, Bama, FAU). He’s coached some incredible players (Reggie Bush, Amari Cooper, Derrick Henry). He’s coached with some incredible coaches (Nick Saban, Pete Carroll). He’s got the numbers to prove it. He’s got the excitement around him (just look his name up on twitter–he is trending). Analysts have noticed, players have noticed, and recruits have noticed.
Ole Miss is back in the spotlight — for all the right reasons — and I don’t think we will be going away for awhile…and that is a good thing.
Kiffin met with the team today after his press conference. Going into that meeting, he told us that every player has “a clean slate,” and that’s a big reason why several are taking their names out of the transfer portal, including freshman QB Grant Tisdale.
This program has a clean slate and that is a wonderful opportunity. Recruits know who Kiffin is, and I’m willing to bet in the next five years you will see some top-tier classes being signed. And if the staff he promises will be coming is as good as we think it is, well, let’s just say that not one of Saban’s assistants have ever beaten him…but there’s a first time for everything.
Hop aboard the Lane Train or get run-over!