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Report: Lane Kiffin to Hire Brother Chris as Ole Miss Co-Defensive Coordinator

Erin WalshJanuary 13, 2022

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - JANUARY 01: Head coach Lane Kiffin of the Mississippi Rebels looks on against the Baylor Bears during the second quarter in the Allstate Sugar Bowl at Caesars Superdome on January 01, 2022 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
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Ole Miss Rebels head coach Lane Kiffin is reportedly hiring his brother Chris as co-defensive coordinator, according to ESPN's Chris Low

Chris Kiffin is expected to coach the Rebels' linebackers and work in conjunction with Chris Partridge as co-coordinators. Partridge has coached the Ole Miss safeties for the past two seasons. 

The news comes after D.J. Durkin left to become defensive coordinator at Texas A&M after two seasons as the Rebels' defensive play-caller. 

Chris Kiffin served as a defensive line coach for the Cleveland Browns from 2020-21 and has also held various roles around college football, including:

  • Defensive line coach for Arkansas State (2011)
  • Defensive line coach and defensive recruiting coordinator for Ole Miss (2012-16)
  • Defensive coordinator and linebackers coach for Florida Atlantic (2017)

Ole Miss finished the 2021 season with a 10-3 record. It was Kiffin's second season as head coach.