OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA) -- After the longest summer break in recent memory, the Ole Miss Rebels were finally able to put on the helmets to get ready for the fast approaching opening game.
You could say the Lane Kiffin era is officially underway with the first day of official practice. The Rebels are coming off a disappointing 4-8 season last year including a heartbreaking loss in the Egg Bowl. Not only is Ole Miss looking to bounce back, they will have to do so against a stacked SEC schedule. No Southeast Louisianas. No New Mexico States this year.
Not to mention the added pressure of keeping players and staff safe amidst the coronavirus. Coach Kiffin is putting extra emphasis on safety, on and off the field.
"You could have some teams down some significant players, especially when it comes to social distancing," Coach Kiffin said. "All of a sudden a couple guys get it and you have to shut down 20 guys for two weeks. What if that's your offensive line? What do you do?"
Kiffin also said that the ability for teams to follow guidelines and stay safe this season will be the difference of which teams win the most games.
Ole Miss opens up its season against Florida at home on September 26th.
Mike Leach and the Mississippi State Bulldogs open practice on Tuesday.