KNOXVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 15: Offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin of the Alabama Crimson Tide walks off the field after their 49-10 win over the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium on October 15, 2016 in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

ESPN insider says Lane Kiffin would take Tennessee job in “a heartbeat”

Assuming Tennessee wants him back...

Lane Kiffin is currently in the middle of a 3-3 season at Florida Atlantic and sure, he's raised the profile of the Owls' program in a big way, but ultimately Kiffin has to believe he's a big-time football coach, right?

At least according to ESPN insider Chris Low, Kiffin would take one Power Five job "in a heartbeat". The school Low is referencing may surprise some, though, especially when considering the fact that Kiffin has spurned that school once already — in the middle of the night.


Recently speaking on The Swain Event podcast, Low seems to think that if Tennessee came calling, Kiffin would come crawling (H/T Saturday Down South).

"I think Lane would crawl back to Knoxville. Oh yeah, I think he would in a heartbeat."

The thing to consider here is that even though Kiffin may be up for a reunion in Tennessee, it doesn't seem very likely that the Volunteers' brass would want to go from Butch Jones to Kiffin. From one dumpster fire to potentially another.

Still, Low does seem to think Lane craves the spotlight of being the head coach on a power-five team.

"I think Lane definitely wants to get back somewhere in the limelight where he thinks he's got a chance to be nationally relevant, [win] some championships at the highest level of college football," Low said.

Kiffin obviously has the talent to be a big-time head coach and he proved at Alabama that he's a heck of a player-caller when he has adequate talent around him. The move to FAU seemed like a step back, especially considering his first stop as head coach was with the Oakland Raiders, so one has to wonder just how long he'll be willing to toil in Conference USA.

Apparently, at least according to Low, it won't be long.