HOOVER, Ala. (WTVA) -- The Lane Train rolled through Hoover today at the SEC Media Day, which is a little different than in years past. No fans were allowed on the premises and a limited amount of media, but for the media who were here, Kiffin expressed high confidence in his team.
Of course, it was Kiffin's first time at SEC Media Days as Ole Miss head coach, but it was not his first rodeo. He was here 12 years ago as the head coach of Tennessee.
As he said in his press conference, the last time he was here he was accused of not voting for Tim Tebow as 1st team All-SEC. So it's been a little while since his last time through Hoover.
Kiffin brought quarterback Matt Corral and defensive back Jaylon Jones to media day. Kiffin emphasized how important it was to get back to normal after his first year of coaching was during a pandemic, especially for recruiting and improving the defense.
Going back to Matt Corral, he enters the 2021 season with a lot of hype after a successful 2020 campaign, and now, on-the-field success can translate to off-the-field success. Kiffin answered a lot of questions about him including what he thought about Corral's and other Rebels' new ability to make money off their name, image and likeness.
"It is neat the players can make money now and profit off of their hard work and what basically everybody else in America gets to do," Kiffin said. "So I'm excited about it. I think it's very challenging trying to figure out how these things happen and what's legal and what's not in all that."
That seems to be the theme around the NIL...It's great but...I don't really know how it works. However, a reporter from Alabama claimed that the Tide's starting quarterback Bryce Young has already made one million dollars before even taking a snap.