On SEC teleconference, Lane Kiffin talks quarterback competition, preparation for Troy, daughter’s college decision
OXFORD, Miss. — On Wednesday’s SEC Coaches Teleconference, Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin said, among other things, he has not yet decided whether Jaxson Dart or Luke Altmyer will be the Rebels’ quarterback when the team takes the field Saturday at 3:00 p.m. against Troy.
He explained he’s not trying to be coy or keep the Trojans off balance by withholding the decision.
“It’s not withholding. We have not made a decision, so it’s not a competitive withhold or anything. The guys are extremely even.“
Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin on QB competition
When asked about the differences between the two, Kiffin replied: “They’re pretty similar. We call basically the same plays for them.”
Kiffin’s daughter chooses Ole Miss
Earlier this week in Monday’s press conference, Coach Kiffin explained how much he appreciates Oxford and Ole Miss, going so far as to say that when he was hired, he needed Oxford and Ole Miss more than they needed him.
It seems his daughter, who recently moved to Oxford from California and is now attending Oxford High School, also appreciates the school. Kiffin announced on the teleconference she has made the decision to attend Ole Miss next year.
On the SEC Coaches Teleconference, Coach Kiffin says his daughter (now attending Oxford High School) has made the decision to attend Ole Miss! #HottyToddy
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In Wednesday’s teleconference, the Rebels’ head coach was asked about his comments regarding Oxford and Ole Miss and if he could perhaps also say the same thing about other stops he’s made along his coaching career.
“I certainly don’t think I would have said I needed L.A. more than it needed me, because I don’t know that L.A. would do what Oxford does for someone. It’s just been a great experience. I think part of that has to do with my daughter moving here, going to high school here for her senior year…and (she) actually decided this week to go to Ole Miss. It’s a pretty cool timing with everything.”
Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin
Practice Makes Perfect
On Monday, Kiffin noted he was not pleased with the Rebels’ performance in the mock game Saturday. However, he seemed more upbeat about this week’s practices.
“They’ve practiced well in response to it,” he said. “Two good days and still a lot of work to do.”
That work will be put to the test Saturday at 3:00 p.m. when Ole Miss hosts Troy in Vaught-Hemingway.
(Feature image credit: Josh McCoy, Ole Miss)
Evelyn has covered sports for over two decades, beginning her journalism career as a sports writer for a newspaper in Austin, Texas. She attended Texas A&M and majored in English. Evelyn’s love for Ole Miss began when her daughter Katie attended the university on a volleyball scholarship. Evelyn created the Rebel Walk in 2013 and has served as publisher and managing editor since its inception.