Lane Kiffin is easily the most entertaining head coach in the Southeastern Conference since he took over at Ole Miss.
There are so many reasons the "Lane Train" has been both loved and hated in college football. He's blasted everyone and everything in tweets on social media. He once nailed a hilarious Saban impression after winning two national championships as an assistant coach at University of Alabama. No one knows what the 48-year-old is going to say or do next.
The Lincoln, Neb., native was a high school football player at Bloomington Jefferson High School before taking his talents to Fresno State, the same school he began his coaching career at in 1997. He earned a graduate assistant position at Colorado State in 1999 and his coaching career has included stops at USC, Tennessee, Alabama, Florida Atlantic University as well as NFL teams like the Jacksonville Jaguars and Oakland Raiders (who made him the NFL's youngest head coach then fired him ruthlessly in a press conference).
While many NCAA fans likely know a great deal of Kiffin's past stories, they might not know details of his personal life, like who he was married to or that he has three children. Kiffin made his Ole Miss head coaching debut in 2020 against the Florida Gators, which is ironic considering he already has family ties to the SEC East school.
Before dating his current girlfriend and going public with her this season, he married the daughter of one of Florida's all-time great quarterbacks.
Lane Kiffin Met His Ex-Wife Through His Father
?Lane Kiffin married Layla Reaves in 2004. The blonde-haired woman became Layla Kiffin and spent 12 years by her husband's side.
Lane and Layla reportedly met through Lane's father, Monte. Layla was working for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers events department after attending Bucholz High School in Gainesville and earning a degree from the University of Florida when Monte, Tampa Bay's defensive coordinator, introduced them to each other.
She's got football in her blood. Her brother is David Reaves, an American football coach who was working as USF's associate head coach when Kiffin was looking for a new job. CBS Sports suggested that the tie made it seemingly impossible for Kiffin to land a gig in Tampa. David followed Willie Taggart to Oregon in 2017 as the Ducks' co-offensive coordinator and tight ends coach. He resigned the same year after a DUI arrest. According to his LinkedIn, he now works in real estate.
Layla also has another brother, Steve, who played football for Southern Miss and the Canadian Football League.
Layla's Dad, John Reaves, Set Records at Florida
Older college football fans may recognize the last name Reaves. Layla is the daughter of former Florida Gators quarterback John Reaves, who played for UF's football teams from 1969-1971.
John Reaves set the NCAA career passing record (7,581 yards) and the SEC career touchdown record (56) while at Florida. He reached the passing mark after the famously controversial "Gator Flop" play against Miami, in which the Gators defense lied down so the offense could get the ball back.
Reaves, who was a First-Team All-American in 1971, was inducted into the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame in 1985. He then played 11 seasons in the NFL and three seasons in the USFL.
Lane Kiffin Shares Three Kids With Layla
— Lane Kiffin (@Lane_Kiffin) September 17, 2023
During their time together, Lane and Layla had three children. Their first child, daughter Landry, was born in 2005. They welcomed a second daughter, Presley, in 2007.
Their son, Monte Knox Kiffin, was born in 2009. Monte Kiffin was reportedly named after Knoxville while Lane was the University of Tennessee Volunteers' head football coach in 2009. During the Rebels' loss to Mississippi State in the 2022 Egg Bowl, Knox stole the show with a fire extinguisher on the sideline.
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) November 25, 2022
The Kiffin kiddos all seem to have pretty good senses humor like their dad. Presley posted a video to Instagram of her dad's reaction to her spending more than $700 at the mall, presumably with his credit card. Hilarious.
And that's not all of the Kiffin family. Juice Kiffin is Lane's adorable golden lab who already has more than 40,000 followers on Twitter. It's no surprise everyone at Ole Miss loves him.
Lane and Layla Divorced in 2006
— GoVolsXtra (@GoVolsXtra) February 29, 2016
Lane and Layla filed for divorce in 2016, and Layla reportedly cited irreconcilable differences in the divorce settlement.
After the settlement, Layla was apparently getting quite the chunk of change from her ex-husband. Sports Illustrated reported she was living with the kids in a Manhattan Beach rental home that cost $10,000 per month. Kiffin lived in a Tuscaloosa apartment surrounded by Alabama students for $2,400 per month.
"I figured it out. I really don't make any money," Kiffin told Sports Illustrated in 2016. "I pay around 52% in taxes. Layla gets 34.5% in the divorce, and [agent Jimmy Sexton] gets 3%. I make [about] 9% and I'm living in Tuscaloosa."
Kiffin doesn't appear to be hurting too bad judging from his estimated net worth. He also bought a house in Boca Raton when he joined the FAU Owls, one that sat on the water and cost him $2.1 million. As of October 2023, it was still on the market for $3.95 million.
Lane Kiffin's New Girlfriend is Much Younger
Kiffin has been the center of many scandalous rumors throughout the years.
Alabama fans had a field day when rumors swirled that Kiffin and Nick Saban's daughter Kristen were an item. Kiffin has denied any allegations of a relationship with Kristen Saban.
The craziest rumor is the 2017 one that accused Kiffin of using an alias named "Joey Freshwater" at bars when talking to women. Apparently, the easily-recognized ex-Alabama Crimson Tide coach thought the simple name change would help mask his identity.
Since his divorce, Kiffin has only gone official with one woman: Sally Rychlak. According to her LinkedIn, she graduated from Ole Miss in 2019 with a bachelor's degree in marketing and, maybe more importantly to Kiffin, was a cheerleader for the Rebels. For reference, Kiffin graduated from Fresno State in 1998 with a degree in recreational and leisure services. She's currently working as a major gifts officer at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.
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