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Ole Miss Rebels head coach Lane Kiffin is reportedly hiring his brother Chris as co-defensive coordinator, according to ESPN’s Chris Low. 

Chris Kiffin is expected to coach the Rebels’ linebackers and work in conjunction with Chris Partridge as co-coordinators. Partridge has coached the Ole Miss safeties for the past two seasons. 

The news comes after D.J. Durkin left to become defensive coordinator at Texas A&M after two seasons as the Rebels’ defensive play-caller. 

Chris Kiffin served as a defensive line coach for the Cleveland Browns from 2020-21 and has also held various roles around college football, including:

  • Defensive line coach for Arkansas State (2011)
  • Defensive line coach and defensive recruiting coordinator for Ole Miss (2012-16)
  • Defensive coordinator and linebackers coach for Florida Atlantic (2017)

Ole Miss finished the 2021 season with a 10-3 record. It was Kiffin’s second season as head coach. 

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