Lane Kiffin has been extremely successful as a head coach in his first year at Florida Atlantic, which is a stark contrast to how he performed at Tennessee and USC in the past.
Because of that success, some have openly speculated that Kiffin may be interested in jumping back to Tennessee, as that job is now open after the Vols fired Butch Jones a couple of weeks ago. However, ESPN announcer Anthony Becht picked another landing spot for Kiffin in the SEC: the now open job at Arkansas.
There’s a lot of guessing going on there, but Kiffin to Arkansas is a new one. The Arkansas job officially opened up on Friday night, as the Razorbacks fired Bret Bielema right after he walked off the field following a 48-45 loss to Missouri.
The thing about Kiffin rumors is that a lot of people seem to be overestimating how valuable Kiffin is to other college football programs. Kiffin was rumored for about every job last year after he decided to leave Alabama, but the fact is that a lot of programs were still very weary about adding Kiffin with his past of failure and willingness to jump around. While Kiffin has had a good year with FAU, those concerns are still very valid for teams hoping to find their next head coach to build around.