USC and Ole Miss schedule future home-and-home series for potential Lane Kiffin reunion

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It's been seven years since Lane Kiffin was fired -- dramatically -- at USC. But a new series between the Trojans and Ole Miss may bring Kiffin back to Los Angeles in the near future. 

The two sides have agreed to a home-and-home in 2025 and '26. The Rebels will travel to L.A. for an Aug. 30 game the first year with USC returning the favor with a trip to Oxford on Sept. 19. Kiffin, of course, is entering his first season as the coach at Ole Miss. Provided he's still the coach of the Rebels in five years, he'll be returning to the Coliseum for the first time since 2013. 

Kiffin, of course, was infamously let go following a loss to Arizona State when then-athletic director Pat Haden broke the news to the coach near the tarmac holding the team plane. "I had no idea at all," Kiffin told CBS Sports' Dennis Dodd. "It totally caught me off guard. I got off the plane. I put my bag on the bus. I was going to sleep at the facility. Someone came and said, 'Pat wants to see you.' I left my briefcase on the bus."

Since his firing, Kiffin has technically already achieved revenge on his former program. He was the offensive coordinator for Alabama in 2016 when the Crimson Tide beat the Trojans 52-6 in Jalen Hurts' breakout game -- but that game was at a neutral site in Arlington. 

Kiffin parted with Alabama to return to the head coaching ranks at FAU in 2017. He stayed in Boca Raton for three years before accepting the job at Ole Miss. 

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Ben Kercheval joined CBS Sports in 2016 and has been covering college football since 2010. Before CBS, Ben worked at Bleacher Report, UPROXX Sports and NBC Sports. As a long-suffering North Texas graduate,... Full Bio

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