Lane Kiffin needles Jimbo Fisher with 'Joker' costume barb after Ole Miss win at Texas A&M
Ole Miss football coach Lane Kiffin has the jokes. And now he wants a Joker costume for Halloween.
SEC Network reporter and analyst Cole Cubelic asked Kiffin about what Kiffin's Halloween costume might be following the Rebels' 31-28 win at Texas A&M. After some subtle jabs at Aggies coach Jimbo Fisher during game week and the previous offseason, Kiffin had another for the highly-paid SEC West coach to conclude his postgame interview.
"I don't know," Kiffin told the SEC Network. "Maybe Jimbo has a Joker outfit for me."
Earlier this offseason, Kiffin wondered aloud about the Aggies having to pay "a luxury tax with how much they paid for their signing class." Fisher, though not mentioning Kiffin or Alabama coach Nick Saban by name, lamented the "clown acts" publicly critical of the Aggies' recruiting tactics.
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After the game, Kiffin continued to talk about how he felt about Fisher and when the Texas A&M coach called Kiffin and Alabama coach Nick Saban "clowns" for their comments about the Aggies' No. 1 recruiting class and its relationship with NIL money.
"I don't give you coachspeak. That's real. Most coaches will say no. But that's real. When someone attacks you personally and calls you and your good buddy coach Saban both clowns, you take that personal. I'm glad we won. I guess I can be a clown for Halloween now."
Earlier this week, Kiffin mentioned that Ole Miss "got outbid" for defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin, who went to College Station after last season, and that it was “a common theme with" Texas A&M.
Earlier in the game, Kiffin was jawing with Texas A&M defensive back Bryce Anderson (and the officials) during a replay review.
Earlier in the postgame interview with Cubelic on the SEC Network, Kiffin mentioned Ole Miss' 390 rushing yards "against a bunch of 5-stars. Pretty good."
Kiffin knows Fisher is all but tethered to Texas A&M (3-5, 1-4 SEC) for the next several years with Fisher's guaranteed deal. Fisher's buyout would be $85.95 million if terminated this year.
The Ole Miss coach appears to be fine needling Fisher. The 7-1 record and Saturday's win in College Station only ensures that it will continue at some point.