- Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin earned a $100,000 bonus after the Rebels’ win over Louisville.
- Kiffin wasn’t even at the game after testing positive for COVID-19.
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Lane Kiffin earned a $100,000 bonus after Ole Miss’ win over Louisville while sitting inside the confines of his own home. He wasn’t on the sideline coaching the Rebels in Atlanta that Saturday after testing positive for COVID-19, but thanks to his contract, he still earned the six-figure bonus.
Kiffin is eligible to earn a $100,000 bonus every time Ole Miss wins a game against a non-conference Power Five opponent. Ole Miss beat up on Louisville 43-24, so Kififn’s bank account got a sizable bump after the W despite not being in the building.
One might imagine that the university wouldn’t be on the hook to pay out this particular bonus given the fact Kiffin didn’t coach the game, but that’s the beauty of a contract.
Ole Miss even put out a statement addressing the bonus payout explaining that Kiffin was “involved in game planning leading up to kickoff.”
It makes sense, Kiffin was around his team all the way up to Ole Miss traveling to Atlanta for the game. He was on campus preparing his players, but unfortunately got popped with a positive test ahead of the game.
The 46-year-old tested positive prior to the contest despite Ole Miss’ entire team and staff being fully vaccinated. Kiffin was back on the sideline the next week as the Rebels took down Austin Peay 54-17 in Oxford.
When it comes to other bonuses attached to his contract, Kiffin earns $150,000 for each SEC win he picks up once that win total reaches five. He’ll also earn another $150k if Ole Miss wins the SEC West and plays for an SEC Championship.