Ole Miss Rebels coach Lane Kiffin makes appearance on Dan Le Batard show

Ole Miss Rebels coach Lane Kiffin appeared on the Dan Le Batard Show on Wednesday and spoke about college football recruiting, NIL, Arch Manning’s decision and his current situation at Ole. Miss.

The entire recruiting landscape in college football has been turned upside down since the NIL policy was approved in June 2021 by the NCAA. Kiffin wasn’t shy about his stance on NIL and the need to have a “salary cap” when using NIL offers in recruiting. He previously mentioned that there is “free agency” in college football recruiting through the NIL.

Kiffin gave his take on players who only worry about NIL money when it comes to recruiting.

“When I make statements about NIL [deals]I’m not saying it’s the only thing that matters, but it’s the number 1 thing,” Kiffin told Le Batard. “Especially if you’re young, if you’re 17 or 18. [years old] and you don’t have a lot of money, salary is going to be the first thing you look for when you get a job.”

The Rebels coach also talked about star quarterbacks in college football who might be making as much legal money as some coaches in the near future.

“I mean, if the reports out there are true about what gets paid to a few of these high school quarterbacks in the next class, it’s already happening,” Kiffin said. “Until it’s completely changed, capped or controlled, that’s how it is. [recruitment] will go.”

Kiffin then expressed his concerns about giving rookies big NIL contracts.

“You’re going to give all that money to a player who comes in, and you really don’t know how good he is,” Kiffin said. “I mean, you mess up the NFL draft all the time, and that’s with players three or four years older that you have a ton of information on. There’s going to be a lot of what you call in dead money professional sports “sitting there.”

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Le Batard and his team also mocked Kiffin for not landing highly sought-after 2023 quarterback Arch Manning, who signed with the Texas Longhorns in June.

Kiffin gave Le Batard a veteran response on why he couldn’t secure the new generation of the Manning family.

“Well, that’s one of those weird rules, I can’t even answer that, because he’s still a potential student-athlete who hasn’t signed. [with Texas]”, Kiffin said. “It’s kind of this maturity thing, I would have answered that years ago.

“I can’t, and yeah, this ‘new path’ isn’t really helping your grades that much,” Kiffin said. “You don’t get those ESPN callback lines anymore.”

Kiffin concluded his appearance by discussing the current state of the Ole Miss football program.

“We’re happy to be here,” Kiffin said. “I went to a Sugar Bowl last year and won 10 regular season games, the most in school history, so we’re headed in the right direction.”


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