Ole Miss’ Lane Kiffin Didn’t Know Who Was Playing In World Series

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Do not expect Ole Miss football coach Lane Kiffin to be glued to the television during the World Series, which was scheduled to open on Tuesday night (FOX, 7 p.m. central) with the National League champion Atlanta Braves playing at the American League champion Houston Astros.

Asked if he had any thoughts on the matchup at his weekly press conference Monday, Kiffin paused and said, “I’m not just saying this so I can sound like a cool coach that’s so dedicated to his football program. I do not know who’s playing in the World Series.”

As laughter broke, Kiffin said, “But I think a lot of coaches say that so they can be like, ‘I don’t leave my office.'”

The reporter then said he thought Kiffin may have an affinity for the Los Angeles Dodgers as Kiffin was an assistant coach at USC in Los Angeles for six years and its head coach for more than three seasons.

“It’s the Braves and Astros. The Dodgers had a chance,” Kiffin was told.

“You just confused me. Oh, it’s not the finals yet,” he said.

“It is the World Series,” he was told.

“So, that’d be two teams,” he said.

“The Dodgers were eliminated by the Braves,” he was told.

“Thank you,” Kiffin said. “You gave me three. I was very confused. I didn’t even know who was in the semis, or whatever they call it? The ALCS. So, we’ve got so many problems on offense trying to figure out who plays somewhere.”

No. 10 Ole Miss (6-1, 3-1 SEC) plays at No. 18 Auburn (5-2, 2-1 SEC) at 6 p.m. Saturday on ESPN. FanDuel has Ole Miss as a 2.5-point underdog.

Written by Glenn Guilbeau

Guilbeau has been on the LSU beat since 1998 with multiple outlets in Louisiana, prior to that he had covered both Auburn and Alabama. He won first place for his game feature on LSU's upset at Florida last season from the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA). He was also named Beat Writer of Year, by Louisiana Sports Writers Association in July; placed in three Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE) categories – Beat Writer, Explanatory, Game Coverage – last spring. Guilbeau was also the FWAA first-place winner for columns in 2017 and was also the top overall winner in 2016 FWAA placing first for his game story, second in columns, and receiving honorable mention for features.

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