John Cohen is shooting for the stars with this top candidate to replace Bryan Harsin at Auburn.
With Bryan Harsin out at Auburn, new athletic director John Cohen may have his eyes set on another SEC West coach…
No, he is not going to bring Mike Leach with him from Starkville to raid some air. Auburn boosters and The Pirate would go together like lamb and tuna fish. However, there is another college football name to watch from the State of Mississippi this offseason. No, Auburn does not have the stones to hire Brett Favre, but they might hop aboard the Lane Train and bring him from Oxford.
Yes, Lane Kiffin could potentially go all Tommy Tuberville on us and leave Ole Miss for Auburn…
Auburn fires Bryan Harsin: Would Lane Kiffin leave The Sip to come to the Plains?
You might ask yourself why Kiffin would leave Ole Miss for a rival school in-division. Well, two reasons certainly stand out. One, it is the same reason why John Cohen left his alma mater to take over for Allen Greene as the new Auburn athletic director: NIL. Auburn is good at it, and like most things in the State of Mississippi, they are dragging behind. Financially, Ole Miss cannot compete.
The other might be a bit more damning about the Ole Miss program. No matter what happens on the gridiron on a fall Saturday, Ole Miss never loses a tailgate. That is fine and all, but show up to the game. The Rebels are a great team, and Kiffin does not need to beg people to leave The Grove to come watch his team play. Auburn fans pack Jordan-Hare, no matter what the team’s record is.
Look. Auburn is a great job if you are the right head coach. You can get to and win national titles here, but Auburn will also eat you alive if you are not of that ilk. Kiffin would work at Auburn, 100 percent. And I think that is what could make this opening potentially attractive to him. Just like Tuberville before him, Kiffin may see Auburn as a place where he can contend for championships.
The only thing that we know is Cohen was not going to leave Mississippi State for any opportunity.