Look, I have no clue where Lane Kiffin is going to be coaching following the Egg Bowl. No clue whatsoever. I’m not a reporter (in this moment in time), I’m just a writer, a storyteller. I like stories. The more bizarre the story, the better. In this case, I’m a blogger. And a Twitter user.
And right now, due to rumors that are circling around Kiffin, the Auburn Tigers, and the Egg Bowl, plenty of attention is being paid to what will be happening in the rivalry game between Mississippi State and Ole Miss on Thursday.
Right now, according to Jon Sokoloff over at WCBI, Kiffin will be headed to Auburn following the Egg Bowl. If you’ll remember, Sokoloff was one of the first (if not the first) to get the story that John Cohen would be hired as the athletics director for the Tigers.
Of course, in typical “Lane Kiffin is an internet savant fashion,” Kiffin took to Twitter and made it clear that he’s busy doing some reading. And what is he reading?
An Egg Bowl book.
But Kiffin isn’t the only coach that has read that book. Our good friend Dan Mullen is apparently pretty familiar with it as well.
And it’s worth noting that Mullen isn’t a stranger to leaving Mississippi for greener pastures to coach an SEC team clad in orange and blue.
Dan Mullen left Mississippi State football following the 2017 Egg Bowl
This is a pretty well known fact at this point and depending on who you ask and who is telling the story will determine how the narrative is shaped.
I’m not going to pretend to know exactly when Mullen was offered the Florida coaching gig or when he accepted it, but it’s very clear to everyone that it wasn’t long after a really disappointing Egg Bowl ending that Mullen left for another SEC team. The Bulldogs looked sloppy, had an emotional let down after Nick Fitzgerald got injured early in the game, and then subsequently fell apart.
And Mullen, whose name was at the center of coaching carousel buzz for several years at that point, wound up coaching elsewhere after the game was over.
He was gone.
And now some have taken to Twitter to point out a few parallels to how Ole Miss is doing right now. The Rebels are coming off an emotional loss to Arkansas in which they appeared to be flattened and executed poorly. And it’s all happening as their coach is the subject of coaching carousel rumors.
I’m not going to pretend to know where Kiffin will be coaching once this week is over, and I want it to be clear that there are about a dozen different ways to interpret Kiffin’s Tweet, and then about a hundred different ways to interpret Mullen’s subsequent response.
I ultimately don’t know what’s going on!
I just think it’s great.
And I think the possibility that Mullen might be having some fun in the midst of a coach potentially leaving his Mississippi SEC team for a blue and orange SEC program is just flat out one of the greatest things happening on this here internets.
Buckle up, folks. Everybody’s gonna get Egg Bowled this week.