Lane Kiffin takes his foot off the gas pedal as Georgia Tech head coach is in the ‘hot seat’

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Ole Miss Lane Kiffin Head Coach usually has no problem racking up as many points as possible, but empathy won out on Saturday.

Kiffin, coach against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in Week 3, one of his two quarterbacks attempted just two passes in the Rebels’ 42-0 win on Saturday.

Georgia Tech head coach Geoff Collins on the sidelines during the NCAA football game between the Ole Miss Rebels and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on September 29, 2019. February 17, 2022 at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta .

Georgia Tech head coach Geoff Collins on the sidelines during the NCAA football game between the Ole Miss Rebels and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on September 29, 2019. February 17, 2022 at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta .
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Kiffin told reporters that while he would have liked to throw the ball more, the fact that Georgia Tech head coach Geoff Collins was in the “hot seat” prevented him from doing so.

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“I would have liked to have had the opportunity to throw more with Luke, but having empathy for what was happening in this game on the other side and in the hot seat or whatever, I don’t just didn’t really feel like it was right, where if it was a couples match, Luke could have thrown more there,” Kiffin said Monday, according to On3.

Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin runs onto the field before the start of the NCAA football game between the Ole Miss Rebels and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on September 29.  February 17, 2022 at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta.

Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin runs onto the field before the start of the NCAA football game between the Ole Miss Rebels and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on September 29. February 17, 2022 at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta.
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Ole Miss, sitting at No. 16 in the nation after the release of the AP Top 25, has alternated between quarterbacks Jaxson Dart and Luke Altmyer in the first three games of the season as Kiffin tries to find a permanent solution under the center.

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Altmyer attempted just two passes for 22 yards, while Dart completed 10 of 16 passes for 207 yards against the Yellow Jackets. Ole Miss ran the ball 62 times for 316 yards on Saturday, scoring his six rushing touchdowns.

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After two successful seasons at Temple, Collins is in his fourth season as the head coach of Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets have struggled with Collins at the helm, going 10-27 and starting the 2022 season with a 1-2 record and have lost eight of the last nine games.

Ole Miss Head Coach Lane Kiffin on the sidelines during the NCAA Football game between the Ole Miss Rebels and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on September 29, 2019. February 17, 2022 at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta.

Ole Miss Head Coach Lane Kiffin on the sidelines during the NCAA Football game between the Ole Miss Rebels and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on September 29, 2019. February 17, 2022 at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta.
(Photo by Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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Kiffin told reporters that the shift rotation would continue even as Dart received the bulk of the passing charge.

“Yeah, we are. I know that’s probably not exciting for you guys,” Kiffin said. “You won’t get a lot of coverage on that. But it works with what we’re doing.”