After a tumultuous month in the Southeastern Conference, the league’s three head coaching vacancies were filled Sunday night.
The first domino to fall was Lane Kiffin. After it was widely reported Friday night into Saturday morning that Kiffin would be the next head coach at Ole Miss, he picked up another C-USA Championship for FAU, defeating UAB 49-6 Saturday afternoon. Twenty-four hours later he hopped on a planet Oxford where he was greeted by hundreds of Ole Miss fans. One handed his baby over to Kiffin to pose for a picture, then told him, “Hey, get you a burner phone.”
New Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin holding babies and greeting fans after landing in Oxford. pic.twitter.com/8MMN1ga6cZ
— News Mississippi (@News_MS) December 8, 2019
That wasn’t the most ridiculous video to come from the SEC’s coaching searches. To complete Arkansas’ coaching search, AD Hunter Yurachek took the most awkward vertical video in the history of Twitter to reveal former Razorback offensive line coach Sam Pittman will be the new head coach in Fayetteville.
Excited to OFFICIALLY announce Sam Pittman as our new Head Football Coach. Great days ahead for the Hogs with Sam and Jamie as a part of the Razorback family again! #OneRazorback pic.twitter.com/763JrRrpaR
— Hunter Yurachek (@HunterYurachek) December 9, 2019
I take it back. Pittman has made more awkward videos in both quality and quantity as the Georgia Bulldogs associate head coach.
— Wes Blankenship (@Wes_nship) December 8, 2019
To pile on to the awkwardness, Pittman previously left Arkansas on bad terms. As Pittman prepared to leave Fayetteville for Athens in 2015, Bret Bielema took the entire offensive line to Pittman’s house. The visit fell under the guise of a farewell message, but it was really an attempt to prevent Pittman from leaving.
Obviously, Bielema’s plan did not work. On his way out the door, Pittman blocked the Razorback football team on social media. Whoever runs their account did not realize the self-own taking place by sharing this fact.
Coach, we know you like blocking but c’mon now. pic.twitter.com/wCreAvAFb3
— Arkansas Razorback Football (@RazorbackFB) December 9, 2019
The quietest hire of the weekend, and what could end up being the best of the bunch, happened at Missouri. Eli Drinkwitz is leaving App. State to take over Barry Odom’s program. Scott Satterfield’s replacement only has a year of experience, but that one year was pretty successful, finishing 12-1 with a Sun Belt Championship.
Unfortunately, Missouri’s hire did not produce any high quality hi-jinx. All we got were a few bad headlines from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.