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Who will coach for Ole Miss vs. Louisville without Lane Kiffin? Can he still call in plays?

Kiffin is one of the most creative play callers in all of college football. What happens when he’s not there tonight against Louisville?

Head coach Lane Kiffin of the Mississippi Rebels reacts to a call during a game against the LSU Tigers at Tiger Stadium on December 19, 2020 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images

Lane Kiffin is home from tonight’s Ole Miss vs. Louisville game with a breakthrough case of Covid-19. Kiffin’s been one of the most dynamic leaders in moving football forward, so what happens when he’s unable to call in the plays?

First of all, any communication from Kiffin at home to the sideline or press box is strictly verboten by the rules of football. Coaches can’t be on the phone or even text a coach or someone else on the sideline. Whether that happens or not depends on who you ask, but it would certainly not be ok for anyone not in the stadium to actually call games play-to-play.

Offensive coordinator Jeff Lebby will likely call the plays, and he’s certainly qualified. Lebby was the playcaller for the 2019 Central Florida Knights while working for Josh Heupel, a coach he originally met as an undergrad at Oklahoma. Lebby was also a quality control and position coach at Baylor from 2008-2016, so he knows quality offense.

As for the head coaching duties, Ole miss will have special teams coordinator Coleman Hutzler as the coach that interacts with officials and makes decisions. But the relationship between Kiffin and starting quarterback Matt Corral is strong, and we’ll see how he performs without his biggest backer on the sideline this evening.