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Sherman: Kiffin free of family shadow

OXFORD, Miss. -- The longest hours of Chris Kiffin's coaching life began in January in a hotel room near Mobile, Ala., a week before national signing day, as a deadly outbreak of storms spawned tornadoes in Georgia, floods in Tennessee and wild weather in general from New York to Louisiana.

Kiffin, the 31-year-old defensive line coach and co-recruiting coordinator at Ole Miss, planned to take a private plane to Indianapolis to meet other Rebels coaches for a visit with Elijah Daniel, a heralded defensive end who less than two weeks earlier had delivered a pledge to sign with their program.

The storms ruined Kiffin's flight plan, so he set off to drive five hours across the Deep South to Lake City, Fla., where a crucial visit awaited the next day, Thursday, Jan. 31, with prospect Laremy Tunsil, ESPN's No. 1-rated offensive tackle.

To read more of Mitch Sherman's piece on Chris Kiffin's recruiting efforts at Ole Miss, click here.