Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin is apparently one of Tennessee Vols head coach Josh Heupel’s biggest admirers.
When Kiffin was hired at Ole Miss, he hired Jeff Lebby — Heupel’s offensive coordinator at UCF at the time — to run the Rebels’ offense.
After two seasons with Kiffin, Lebby is heading to Oklahoma to run the offense for new Sooners head coach Brent Venables.
Kiffin hasn’t hired a replacement yet for Lebby, but he knows exactly what he’s looking for in his next offensive coordinator.
Someone who can run Heupel’s offense in Oxford.
According to a report from RebelGrove.com’s Neal McCready, Kiffin recently offered Vols offensive coordinator Alex Golesh the offensive coordinator job at Ole Miss.
Golesh, however, declined Kiffin’s offer and will stay at Tennessee.
This is good news for the Vols. It’s unclear exactly how Tennessee’s play-calling setup between Heupel and Golesh works. Does Heupel exclusively call plays? Is Golesh heavily involved in calling plays during games?
Ultimately, the answers to those questions don’t really matter. The dynamic between Heupel and Golesh clearly works (the Vols had the No. 9 scoring offense in the nation in year one under Heupel).
Heupel trusts Golesh to run the offensive room, which in turn allows Heupel to be the CEO of Tennessee’s football team.
“I’m a head coach, Austin. I’m not an offensive coach, man” — Josh Heupel on The Nation pic.twitter.com/2araxClGm5
— zach ragan (@zachTNT) December 20, 2021
Eventually, Golesh will land a head coaching job somewhere. He’s absolutely a rising star in the business. But for now, he’s sticking around on Rocky Top.
The fact that Kiffin — someone who is known as one of the best offensive minds in the sport — wants Golesh on his staff should tell you all you need to know about what kind of offensive coordinator the Vols have.
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