Ole Miss HC Lane Kiffin Has A Surprising Reason For Not Playing His Backup QB In Rebels’ Blowout Win

Ole Miss HC's Reason For Not Playing His Backup QB In Blowout Win

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The Ole Miss Rebels put the whooping on the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on Saturday. Lane Kiffin led his team to a monster 42-0 win, which bodes well for the Rebels’ rankings. However, many pondered why Kiffin didn’t play his backup quarterback in a blowout win. Now, the veteran head coach explains his reasoning.

Ole Miss HC Lane Kiffin Felt Sorry For Georgia Tech HC Geoff Collins’ Situation

It sounds like Geoff Collins, head coach of Georgia Tech is on the hot seat. For that reason, Lane Kiffin claims he didn’t want to play his backup quarterback. According to Bryce Koon, the Ole Miss head coach states, “I would have liked the opportunity to throw more with Luke [Altmyer], but having empathy for what was going on in that game on the other sideline and the hot seat or whatever he’s on, just didn’t really feel like it was right.”

So, it appears Lane Kiffin believed that putting his backup quarterback into the game would have sealed Collins’ fate at Georgia Tech. It’s odd to hear a head coach make this type of statement. Especially considering Kiffin had an opportunity to see Luke Altmyer get some reps. Regardless, Ole Miss ran away with it and Geoff Collins is still on the hot seat.

The Rebels are set to play against Tulsa in their next game. Considering Ole Miss is one of the better college football programs in the nation right now, we might see Altmyer get some reps in the next matchup. That’s unless Lane Kiffin doesn’t feel bad for the opposing head coach, apparently.

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