Lane Kiffin and No. 13 Ole Miss won’t face No. 1 Alabama for another week, but the Rebels’ head coach has already begun talking about the Crimson Tide.
On Wednesday, Kiffin focused his remarks on Alabama’s apparent dominance of the transfer portal. The Ole Miss head coach believes the Crimson Tide have the ability to “cherry-pick” talent at any position thanks to the NCAA’s new rule allowing players to transfer once and immediately become eligible. “Now they go cherry-pick players for any holes they may have like an Ohio State receiver [Jameson Williams] or a Tennessee linebacker [Henry To’o To’o],” Kiffin said, via ESPN . “Now, not only do they get the best draft picks, but they also get to go into free agency and sign players, so it’ll set up one of the most talented teams ever, which is exactly what we’re getting ready to play.” ”
Kiffin has a point, and he basically named Williams and To’o To’o as examples, both of whom have become starters in Tuscaloosa. The Crimson Tide have been successful in acquiring top players through the transfer portal, which only adds to their talent pool after signing one of the best recruiting classes each year. Saban will not be pleased with Kiffin’s assessment, but the Alabama coach admitted this summer that he believes the new transfer rule will have unintended consequences, such as good players flocking to “good” teams like his Crimson Tide. “I think what’s going to happen, as you’ve seen in a lot of leagues,” Saban said earlier this year, “is that the good players will go to a good team and the bad players will leave good teams because they’re not playing.” “Will that make the wealthy even wealthier?” I’m not sure… That is entirely up to you to decide. ”
Saban has warned against the one-time transfer rule, but he will undoubtedly take advantage of the new rule. Because it doesn’t appear that the NCAA will reverse its policy anytime soon, Alabama will use its reputation to recruit top talent through the portal.
Despite his dissatisfaction with Alabama’s monopoly on the transfer pool, Kiffin will do everything in his power to lead Ole Miss to a win in Tuscaloosa on Oct. 2. 003