Ole Miss Coach Lane Kiffin: 'Looks Like We Didn't Plug Microwave In' For The Popcorn

The Lane Kiffin Cooking Show has been canceled as the Ole Miss coach plans to exit the kitchen for his coaching office in preparation for a home game against Arkansas Saturday (11 a.m., ESPN).

Kiffin said Monday he apologized to CBS sideline reporter Jamie Erdahl for being rude just before the Alabama game Saturday when he said, "Here we go. Get your popcorn ready," and tossed his headset before the interview was over.

"I literally didn't know there was another question, and when I found out afterwards that looked rude, which it did, I contacted Jamie to make sure she knew that was not on purpose and to apologize for that."

Kiffin realized his goof immediately just before kickoff of his team's 42-21 loss at Alabama, which led 28-0 at halftime and 35-0 before the Rebels finally started cooking and scored.

"Sometimes you get caught up in emotions," said Kiffin, whose team scored often at will in a 63-48 loss to Alabama last year. "And I had just heard something in the locker room and someone saying that. I don't even know why it came out. And I actually said to Lebby (Ole Miss offensive coordinator Jeff Lebby), 'I just said something really stupid. You better score a lot of points.'"

As the first half ended with no points for the Rebels, Kiffin said he told Lebby, "Looks like we didn't plug the microwave in, buddy."

Kiffin did not apologize for going for it on fourth down five times in the first half and failing the last three times from the Alabama 6, the Ole Miss 47 and the biggest dare of all - from the Ole Miss 31. Alabama folllowed all three stops with touchdowns for a 21-0 lead.

Ole Miss came into the game No. 1 in the nation in fourth down conversions with 12 out of 14 tries.

"The question got asked to me, ‘Well, were you just doing that because it was Alabama?' No, that was all analytics and following it," Kiffin said. "And I think in those games, because I’ve been in those discussions, where you’re in rooms and someone says, ‘All right, what are we going to do? We’re the heavy underdog. Let’s just keep it close, so it doesn’t look as bad. And punt the ball away.’"

That was not Kiffin's plan as a 15-point underdog.

"Well, we don’t play that way," he said. "And I don’t think when you’re the heavy underdog, you win that way, especially with a good quarterback. So, we followed the analytics, and they didn’t work. The year before they did, and when we had the press conference, everybody thought it was brilliant. That’s what it is."

Kiffin compared his fourth down pursuits to playing the Blackjack card game, or 21.

"When there’s five dollars out there, everybody hits when they’re supposed to on 16," he said. "Then they got all this money out there, and they’re supposed to hit. They know it. But they don’t, because they get scared. So, that’s kind of the comparison.”

No. 17 Ole Miss (3-1, 0-1 SEC) is a 5.5 favorite over No. 16 Arkansas (4-1, 1-2) by Fan Duel. Much like the Rebels at Alabama, the Razorbacks were humbled by a superior team in a 37-0 loss at No. 2 Georgia.

"I think what it appears is you've got two super, elite teams this year with great players on both sides, but especially defense," Kiffin said of Alabama and Georgia. "And then there's kind of a drop off. Georgia's got great players and exposes people. Prior to that, Arkansas was playing extremely well. They run the ball really well. They don't give up explosive plays. This is a defensive scheme we struggled with a year ago, and we basically switched to it pretty much because it's really good. They do a great job, and they play super hard."

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Guilbeau joined OutKick as an SEC columnist in September of 2021 after covering LSU and the Saints for 17 years at USA TODAY Louisiana. He has been a national columnist/feature writer since the summer of 2022, covering college football, basketball and baseball with some NFL, NBA, MLB, TV and Movies and general assignment, including hot dog taste tests. A New Orleans native and Mizzou graduate, he has consistently won Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE) and Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) awards since covering Alabama and Auburn at the Mobile Press-Register (1993-98) and LSU and the Saints at the Baton Rouge Advocate (1998-2004). In 2021, Guilbeau won an FWAA 1st for a game feature, placed in APSE Beat Writing, Breaking News and Explanatory, and won Beat Writer of the Year from the Louisiana Sports Writers Association (LSWA). He won an FWAA columnist 1st in 2017 and was FWAA's top overall winner in 2016 with 1st in game story, 2nd in columns, and features honorable mention. Guilbeau completed a book in 2022 about LSU's five-time national champion coach - "Everything Matters In Baseball: The Skip Bertman Story" - that is available at www.acadianhouse.com, Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble outlets. He lives in Baton Rouge with his wife, the former Michelle Millhollon of Thibodaux who previously covered politics for the Baton Rouge Advocate and is a communications director.