Lane Kiffin named Ole Miss head coach

Kiffin has emerged as a top target in the Ole Miss coaching search. / (MGN)

(WVLT/CBS) -- Lane Kiffin has been named the head football coach at Ole Miss.

Ole Miss Football posted the news on Twitter on December 7.

ESPN reported on the possibility on Friday.

CBS Sports' Dennis Dodd confirmed that Kiffin is the Rebels' top candidate for their open head coaching job.

The new coaching job will be a notable return to the SEC for Kiffin who coached the Vols for one season in 2009. Kiffin led Tennessee to a 7-6 record that year, including an appearance in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.

Former players described Kiffin's time with the Vols as "total chaos." Read more about that here.

Kiffin left soon after to become the coach at USC.

Kiffin was fired from USC in the middle of the 2013 season but came back as Alabama's offensive coordinator the next season. He was also recently linked to the opening at Arkansas after they fired coach Chad Morris earlier in the season.

Ole Miss will face Tennessee in a cross-division SEC game in 2021.

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