Florida and Miami fans will want to keep an eye on Thursday night’s Egg Bowl to see how Lane Kiffin’s No. 8 Mississippi team handles its matchup at Mississippi State.
The Gators are searching for a coach after firing Dan Mullen on Sunday, while Hurricanes coach Manny Diaz remains on the hot seat.
Kiffin, 46, would be an intriguing candidate for Miami, if that job opens. He has experience in South Florida, where he won two Conference USA championships in three years at Florida Atlantic. Kiffin, who reportedly still owns a home in Boca Raton, would certainly bring swagger, points and recruiting success to The U.
His fit at Florida is less clear. Kiffin has the potential to win big in Gainesville, with exciting offense and excellent recruiting, but his brash personality doesn’t seem like a perfect match for the athletic department’s all-around culture.
Regardless, he’s worth watching on Thanksgiving (7:30, ESPN).
Mississippi has a top-20 scoring offense (36.4 points per game) led by quarterback Matt Corral, the one-time Gator commit. If the Rebels prevail, Kiffin will have secured the first 10-win regular season in program history.
Another thing to remember: Coaches usually don’t talk to other schools about openings during the regular season; they wait until after their final game (or the conference championship). When the Egg Bowl is over, Kiffin can begin focusing on his future — in the state of Florida, Mississippi or somewhere else.
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