On Saturday morning, the college football world woke up to the news that Lane Kiffin wouldn’t be coaching Ole Miss in the team’s season-opener.
Kiffin revealed he tested positive with a breakthrough case of COVID-19. Although the coach is fully vaccinated, he won’t be on the sideline for Monday night’s game against Louisville.
“I am disappointed to confirm that I have developed a break-through case of Covid and will not accompany the team to Atlanta,” Kiffin said in a statement. “I am grateful to be vaccinated and experiencing only mild symptoms. So much so, I debated over being tested, but I’m relieved that I did.”
It’s a tough break for Kiffin and the Rebels, who are expected to compete in a crowded SEC. Fans were heartbroken for Lane after hearing about the news.
Here’s some of the reaction from around social media.
This sucks. But as I’ve been trying to tell people…COVID doesn’t care about vaccine status. Going to have to be flexible this season again. https://t.co/Rbp5W12Hkj
— Danny Kanell (@dannykanell) September 4, 2021
Hate this for Kiffin! Ugh! https://t.co/XkZ8NhpzQa
— Simone Eli (@SimoneEli_TV) September 4, 2021
Kiffin made a brief appearance on ESPN’s College GameDay and said he is feeling fine. However, after testing positive, he’s not eligible to coach on Monday night.
Kiffin and the Rebels are one of the most popular “underdog” picks to compete in the SEC. The Ole Miss offense took the conference by storm last season, but its defense left plenty to be desired.
With another offseason under his belt, Kiffin made it clear the team needed to be better on defense. We’ll have to wait and see if that is the case.
Kickoff for the Louisville-Ole Miss game is at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN.