Amid speculation that he will leave Auburn for the head coaching job, Ole Miss coach Lane Kiffin met with his players on Tuesday and reassured them he has not taken a job at another school, sources told ESPN.
Kiffin doesn’t typically respond to coaching rumors, but sources told ESPN he feels he owes it to his players and their parents to formally address the situation after a report from WCBI-TV in Columbus, Mississippi, surfaced Monday War Kiffin planned to resign Friday and head to Auburn. WCBI-TV also reported that Auburn has yet to officially offer the job to anyone.
“He told the players his focus is on the state of Mississippi and nothing else and that any reports of him accepting another offer are completely false,” sources told ESPN.
Ole Miss takes on Mississippi State in their annual egg bowl rivalry in Oxford on Thursday night.
Sources told ESPN that Liberty’s Kiffin and Hugh Freeze are at the forefront of Auburn’s coaching search. Auburn and Alabama play in their Iron Bowl rivalry game in Tuscaloosa, Alabama on Saturday. Cadillac Williams, a former star running back at Auburn, has guided the Tigers to two straight wins as caretaker coach after replacing the fired Bryan Harsin.
Kiffin led the Rebels to their first 10-win regular season in his third season at Ole Miss a year ago. Ole Miss is 8-3 this season but has lost three of its last four games, including a 42-27 setback last weekend in Arkansas, a game in which it was 42-6 down at one point.
Asked if he was considered a top Auburn target, Kiffin said he was excited about the future at Ole Miss.
“So I don’t know about all that stuff out there, #1 [candidate] Stuff,” Kiffin told reporters after the loss in Arkansas. “Maybe I wouldn’t be number 1 anymore if they watched the first half.”
https://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/35086657/sources-lane-kiffin-tells-ole-miss-players-accepted-another-job Sources — Lane Kiffin meets with Ole Miss players amid speculation