Top Player for Texas A&M Football Calls Out Ole Miss and Kiffin
Even though Texas A&M football couldn’t pull out the victory today, and the defense in particular had a rough game, that didn’t stop the fireworks after the fact. I wrote several times this week that this was a personal game for many on the Aggie defense, given how Lane Kiffin has treated several members of the unit and called into question whether they were illegally compensated to come play for Texas A&M football.
One of the best players for the Aggies, defensive lineman McKinnley Jackson, is a Mississippi native. Back when he was being recruited, the same year that Kiffin took the head coaching position at Ole Miss, he was a top player in the nation. His state university, however, was an afterthought in his recruitment, as his top three were the Aggies, Alabama, and LSU.
Apparently due to how much trash both the Ole Miss players and coaches were talking preceding and during the game, several Aggie defenders were frustrated (no doubt contributing to Shemar Turner’s ejection early in the second half). Jackson had had enough of the talk from the Ole Miss contingent, and appears to have taken to Instagram in a now-deleted story post to show just how much coach Kiffin has switched up since the recruiting days.
"CMON [laughing emoji] ole boy couldn’t even land me, & I can’t even say what he said behind closed doors. Y’all hand me down ass players better stop tagging me. Before bro even signed to be the coach he was at my high school begging for me to commit, and begged after every year in college [thumbs down emoji]."
Jackson certainly seems to be intimating that Kiffin, for all his pretense about how Texas A&M football has bought their players, has made overtures towards him of that same kind, both while he was in high school and even since—which of course, would be tampering. That’s not exactly surprising, of course—anyone who’s paying attention knows what the deal is with Kiffin; talk a big game about your opponents and act completely different behind closed doors. It’s just vindicating to see a guy come at him with the receipts. It’s also funny to see the apparent inability of Kiffin to work his own phone, as he keeps sending and re-sending messages, asking if “[t]his work now?” as if the issue was that the phone was malfunctioning rather than Jackson ignoring him. This doesn’t soothe the sting of a loss necessarily, but it is always nice to see Kiffin looking foolish.