Lane Kiffin will miss Ole Miss season opener due to breakthrough case of COVID

USA TODAY Sports

Mississippi coach (and former Raiders coach) Lane Kiffin runs that first program, college or pro, that got to a 100-percent vaccination rate. Kiffin is now the latest example that vaccination alone won’t keep COVID away from a football team.

Kiffin has announced that the has a breakthrough case of COVID, and that he won’t be accompanying the Ole Miss team to Atlanta for Monday’s season opener against Louisville.

“I am grateful to be vaccinated and experiencing only mild symptoms,” Kiffin said. “So much so, I debated being tested, but I’m relieved that I did. I’m proud of our program’s commitment to vaccination, and as a result, there are currently no other cases to report or team members expected to miss the game. We will continue to monitor our team closely and take responsible measures if any symptoms arise.”

Kiffin’s situation underscores the reality that vaccination alone isn’t enough to keep COVID out of a locker room. It’s a reminder for all of us that, as images of full stadiums lure us into thinking that life has returned to normal, it hasn’t. Unvaccinated or vaccinated, players and coaches will get COVID this year, and they will miss games.

Still, it’s much better for all players and coaches to be vaccinated. They’re less likely to get it, they’re less likely to be hospitalized because of it, and they’re far less likely to die from it. For the NFL, the vaccinated also aren’t tested every single day; for the unvaccinated, even an asymptomatic case will result in a mandatory 10-day absence that could begin just hours before the start of a big game.

18 responses to “Lane Kiffin will miss Ole Miss season opener due to breakthrough case of COVID

  1. This shows that if experts dont know the effectivness of the vaccine dose, then they also cant know if there will be long term side effects.

  2. I don’t think there’s a more punchable face in college/pro football than Lane Kiffins.(Perhaps Jim Harbaugh)

  3. so he ran the first program, college or pro, to get 100% vax rates for his team and now is out of his home opener b/c covid. congratulations, you played yourself.

  4. minime says:
    September 4, 2021 at 11:32 am
    Then what good are the vaccines?

    ———

    He has mild symptoms and he’s not going to die -‘see you in 5 days Voach K.

    Minime- I think they are having a 2 for 1 special on brains at the thrift shop, maybe you should take advantage since yours doesn’t seem to be working

  5. “What good are the vaccines?” Um, did you not read? “experiencing only mild symptoms.” IMO, it’s better than you know, dying.

    “Experts can’t determine long-term effects of vaccines.” Well, we’re still also learning the long-term effects of covid…such as blood clotting, reduced respiratory, brain damage…just to name a few that we have learned so far, so I’ll take my chances with a vaccine.

  6. Still, it’s much better for all players and coaches to be vaccinated. They’re less likely to get it
    ______________

    There’s no evidence that the vaccinated are less likely to get covid than the unvaccinated. They are more likely to have mild symptoms or be asymptomatic, but the research suggests they tend to have a higher viral load than the unvaccinated. This means they’re more likely to spread the disease because they have more of it, don’t know they’re sick, and think they’re invulnerable.

  7. I’ve never cared for Kiffin. I’ve thought he’s a fool who’s failed into better jobs somehow. But this situation has shown the man despite his petulance at times can act as the only grown up in the room when needed and cares about the health and well being of his players. Not every coach comes off like that sadly. Frankly I think this will make me stop cheering against him. Get healthy and good luck avoiding the worst of the symptoms.

  8. A vaccine is not a forcefield, what it does is prepare your immune system so if you get infected it rapidly fights it off.

    We all have been vaccinated against Polio. If you are exposed to the polio virus it WILL begin replicating inside you. But it will soon be recognized by your immune system and it will mount an immediate response.

    Same for Covid. The so-called “Breakthrough infection” is typically mild (ever have a mild cold?). Its far less likely to be serious compared to those who are not vaccinated.

    I am vaccinated and while I don’t want “cold like symptoms”, thats not a big deal.
    If I am unvaccinated I have a risk of dying or requiring hospitalization.

    Its possible yo get Delta if vaccinated, but you are far more likely to make it through with nothing worse than a cold than those who reject the vaccine.

    Risk of Death vs Risk of a cold

    I’ll take the later

  9. The headline calls this a “breakthrough” case. Breakthrough is misleading; the vaccines are not a suit of armor. They are designed to prevent serious lung illness that requires hospitalization. If you get a mild case that keeps you home but keeps fluid out of your lungs, it still did its job.

  10. There’s a big difference between being a little sick, and dying. Just about everyone who’s dying from the virus isn’t vaccinated, including some of the right wing radio hosts who had been spewing anti-vax to the public. I wonder how many they took to the grave with them.

  11. First we need to get the vaccine so we wont get Covid. Then we need to get the vaccine so it wont spread. Then we need to get the vaccine so it will lessen the symptoms. Now we need to get another booster shot so it remains ‘effective’. What is going to be the next line?

  12. Like I’ve said this football season is going to be a nice little experiment as far as vaccine efficacy goes. CDC only reports severe cases, not all breakthroughs. Isn’t that misinformation if the CDC is not reporting all breakthrough cases? Seems like the virus is turning this vaccine into swiss cheese. This is why you should mask up if you don’t want to contract the virus.

  13. First we need to get the vaccine so we wont get Covid. Then we need to get the vaccine so it wont spread. Then we need to get the vaccine so it will lessen the symptoms. Now we need to get another booster shot so it remains ‘effective’. What is going to be the next line?
    ++++++++++++++++
    This is new disease with continually evolving knowledge. As new knowledge is gained, the findings and recommendations change. That is how science works.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.