Kiffin made the remark to CBS sideline reporter Jamie Erdahl after which tossed the headset towards a cameraman as he ready for the opening kickoff at Bryant-Denny Stadium. The incident shortly went viral.
Kiffin on Monday mentioned his remark wasn’t premeditated and that he bought caught up within the emotion of the sport, which marked his first journey again to Alabama since serving as Crimson Tide offensive coordinator underneath Nick Saban from 2014 to 2016. Ole Miss scored 48 factors towards Alabama in final 12 months’s sport in Oxford, and produced 647 yards, essentially the most Alabama had ever allowed.
“I simply heard somebody yelling within the locker room and somebody saying that,” Kiffin mentioned at his weekly information convention. “I do not even know why it got here out and I really mentioned to [offensive coordinator Jeff] Lebby, I bought on the headsets and mentioned, ‘I simply mentioned one thing actually silly. You higher rating numerous factors.'”
Ole Miss fell behind 28-Zero at halftime and did not rating till halfway via the third quarter of a 42-21 loss. At halftime, Kiffin mentioned he informed Lebby, “Seems to be like we did not plug the microwave in, buddy.”
Kiffin later noticed the pregame incident and reached out to Erdahl.
“Once I came upon afterwards that it seemed impolite, which it did, I contacted Jamie and made certain that she knew that was not on goal,” Kiffin mentioned. “I apologize for that. It was not carried out on goal in any respect. Seemed prefer it, although. I noticed it.”
Kiffin mentioned he did not understand Erdahl nonetheless deliberate to ask one other query earlier than he tossed the headset. He also on Monday retweeted an Erdahl tweet that confirmed Alabama’s mascot carrying a field of popcorn, including the remark, “Now that is humorous!!!”
No. 17 Ole Miss hosts No. 13 Arkansas on Saturday.