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Lane Kiffin Kicks Out Oxford Mayor’s Son for Another Kicker

Josh McCoy | Ole Miss Athletics

Josh McCoy | Ole Miss Athletics

Lane Kiffin has given a recruit the boot, and not just any recruit. The Ole Miss head coach pulled out the rug from beneath the feet of the Oxford Mayor’s son to bring a different kicker to the Southeastern Conference campus.

Jack Tannehill — the son of Oxford Mayor Robyn Tannehill — committed to play for his hometown school in June of 2019. Rated as five-star recruit by Kohl’s Kicking, a recruiting service dedicated exclusively to the specialists, Tannehill did not appear to be going anywhere anytime soon.

Wednesday night Tannehill unexpectedly announced he was reopening his recruitment. Before Ole Miss fans could answer the question, “Why?” another kicker announced his commitment to Ole Miss.

Caden Costa, a Louisiana native ranked No. 7 overall by Sailer Kicking (another competing recruiting service), announced he would join the Ole Miss football team only 39 minutes after the Oxford Mayor’s son decommitted.

Whenever there is a change in regimes, there will be defections from recruiting classes. Tannehill was Matt Luke’s guy. Costa is Kiffin’s guy. This is normal college football stuff. The political wrinkle makes this a fascinating story to follow over the next four years. Every time Costa misses a kick, you better believe the boosters in Oxford will be shaking their heads and whispering as they tighten Kiffin’s leash.

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Article written by Nick Roush

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8 Comments for Lane Kiffin Kicks Out Oxford Mayor’s Son for Another Kicker

  1. ClutchCargo
    12:25 pm July 22, 2020 Permalink

    I want to believe the kid woke up on Wednesday morning and said “What am I doing with my life? My soon-to-be head coach is a douche.”

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      2:53 pm July 22, 2020 Permalink

      No kidding. If that kid is a 5 star why would he show him the door? It’s not like a QB where he would say “He doesn’t fit this offense”, or like UK going for Aussie style punters instead of traditional. He’s a KICKER. I suppose some coaches did this back when we were first transitioning from straight-on kickers to soccer style, but…he’s a KICKER.

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      3:07 pm July 22, 2020 Permalink

      Of course maybe the LA kid has 3 yards more leg or is a little quicker on his “release” if you will. Who knows? But Nick’s right. If the LA kid struggles, they’ll be yelling at LK for giving the heave-ho to the hometown guy, especially if he tears it up someplace like Mac-O-Matic did for us.

  2. ThankfulCat
    4:07 pm July 22, 2020 Permalink

    Surprised that Joey Freshwater didn’t cut him for a coed

  3. bbn606
    4:31 pm July 22, 2020 Permalink

    Star ratings on kickers are not fool proof. We have a 4-star kicker who couldn’t make a 35 yard field goal and is now on the bench watching a walk on do the kicking but he may have a chance at kickoffs this year.

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      7:48 pm July 22, 2020 Permalink

      I had no idea there were services that only ranked specialists. How niche is that??? How do they make money? Or do they just do it on the side for fun while working day jobs?

  4. MississippiBlue
    6:06 pm July 22, 2020 Permalink

    Ole Miss kickers were the directly responsible for at least two of their loses last year. Get the kicker you believe in and deal with the consequences later.

    • ClutchCargo
      9:16 am July 23, 2020 Permalink

      Dealing with the consequences later is a way of life for Kiffin and whoever employs him. lol