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


Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin said he plans to stay with the Rebels in 2023, even if Auburn offers him the opportunity to fill his head coaching position.

Kiffin was asked about his status following 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, in his third year as Rebels coach, was considered one of Auburn’s top candidates to replace Bryan Harsin, who was fired Oct. 31.

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

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

Asked after Thursday’s loss about signing a new contract extension at Ole Miss, Kiffin noted he’s signed several with the school and is more focused on the Mississippi State game. . In December 2021, he received an upgraded contract with Ole Miss which increased his salary to $7.25 million this year.

If Kiffin does pass Auburn, Liberty coach Hugh Freeze will likely be sued by the school. Freeze is 34-14 at Liberty after coaching Ole Miss from 2012 to 2017, and is 39-25.

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

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