Ole Miss football coach Lane Kiffin is “praying for” Michael Wilbon after the “Pardon the Interruption” host labeled him a “clown” in a viral rant on the ESPN show.
“Geez. I’ll [pray] for you. Life is to [sic] short to be so angry,” Kiffin tweeted Tuesday night after someone shared the video and asked Kiffin, “You gone take that man?”
Wilbon went off about Kiffin while explaining why he’s picking No. 1 Alabama to beat No. 12 Ole Miss on Saturday.
“There’s nothing to be proud of if you’re college football because of Lane Kiffin,” Wilbon said on the show. “Lane Kiffin is a clown. Lane Kiffin has been an embarrassment at multiple stops. Nobody is going to run out there and say ‘Yeah, I want Lane Kiffin right here on the logo representing me.’
“Lane Kiffin is a cute little story for guys like us who have to talk about sports every day, and we can come in Monday morning and say, ‘Ha, ha, ha, Lane Kiffin,’” Wilbon added. “Once again, Lane Kiffin equals embarrassment at some point wherever he is.”
On Wednesday morning, Kiffin shared a second tweet, apparently developing more feelings about the rant after sleeping on it.
“And way to go out on a limp [sic] and pick the number one team in the country at home who is a huge favorite,” Kiffin tweeted. “How long did you watch film to make that surprise pick??? Really News worthy captain obvious.”
Kiffin was asked about Wilbon’s comments during Wednesday’s SEC teleconference.
“I think everyone has a right to whatever. You can’t control what people do,” Kiffin said. “I worry more when the person’s actually met you and knows you versus someone who has never met you and doesn’t know you at all. That was pretty over-the-top compared to what most professional media say, but it got attention, so maybe that’s the name of the game.”
Kiffin is in his second season as head coach of the Ole Miss Rebels football program, which is No. 1 in total offense this season.
He previously spent three years as Alabama’s offensive coordinator, where he reached the College Football Playoff three times. He was also head coach at FAU, where he won two Conference USA championships in three years.
However, Kiffin’s career has had its fair share of lows.
He was fired as head coach of the Oakland Raiders during the 2008 season. After just one season as the head coach at University of Tennessee, he jumped to USC, where he was fired in 2013 during his fourth season.
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