Lane Kiffin will return as Ole Miss football coach next season and sign a contract extension with the Rebels, he told ESPN on Saturday.
Kiffin said he had meetings with the team and his staff before Ole Miss’s 24-22 loss to Mississippi State on Thursday to tell them he was staying and that it would be announced after the game.
Kiffin was a prime candidate at Auburn, and his name had been circulating for weeks in connection with the Tigers job.
“I didn’t want it to be about me before the game, but about the team,” Kiffin told ESPN. “I didn’t want it to be a distraction where everyone was talking about me staying against the players, that’s why I wanted them to know it would be announced after the game.”
Ole Miss is expected to make an official announcement this weekend.
Sources have told ESPN that Kiffin’s new contract will bring his average annual salary to around $9 million. He earned $7.25 million this season.
In three seasons at Ole Miss, Kiffin is 23-12. The Rebels have won their first seven games this season, but have lost four of their last five. A year ago, Kiffin led Ole Miss to its first 10-win regular season in school history.