Ole Miss’ Lane Kiffin says he expects to return as Rebels coach

Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin said he expects to stay with the Rebels in 2023 even if Auburn offers him an opportunity to fill his vacancy as head coach.

Kiffin was asked about his status after Thursday’s 24-22 home loss to Mississippi State in the Egg Bowl, Ole Miss’s third straight loss to end the regular season. Kiffin, who is in his third year as Rebels coach, was considered one of Auburn’s top candidates to replace Bryan Harsin, who was fired Oct. 31.

“Yes, I do,” Kiffin said Thursday when asked if he expects to return to Ole Miss next season.

Sources told ESPN’s Chris Low that Kiffin met with Ole Miss players Tuesday and told them he hadn’t taken a job at another school. WCBI-TV in Columbus, Mississippi, reported Monday that Kiffin planned to step down on Friday and take over the Auburn job. Kiffin denied the report.

Asked about signing a new contract extension with Ole Miss after Thursday’s loss, Kiffin noted that he had signed several with the school and was more focused on the Mississippi state game. In December 2021, he landed an extended contract with Ole Miss that increased his salary to $7.25 million that year.

If Kiffin does indeed go past Auburn, Liberty coach Hugh Freeze will likely be hounded by the school. Freeze is 34-14 at Liberty, having coached Ole Miss from 2012-2017, and goes 39-25.

Kiffin is 23-12 at Ole Miss and 18-7 the last two seasons.

https://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/35102741/ole-miss-lane-kiffin-says-expects-return-rebels-coach Ole Miss’ Lane Kiffin says he expects to return as Rebels coach

Emma Bowman

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