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Lane Kiffin shoots down report he’ll step down at Ole Miss and take Auburn job: ‘Nice sources’


Ole Miss head football coach, Lane Kiffin, has only been in Oxford, Mississippi, for three seasons, but his work as head coach of the Rebels has once again made him a hot commodity for job openings across the country. 

The latest and hottest rumor is that Kiffin is headed to Auburn University a few weeks after the school parted ways with head coach Bryan Harsin. 

An Auburn Tigers football helmet during the Saturday afternoon college football game between the University of Georgia Bulldogs and the Auburn Tigers on Oct. 8, 2022 in Athens, Georgia.

An Auburn Tigers football helmet during the Saturday afternoon college football game between the University of Georgia Bulldogs and the Auburn Tigers on Oct. 8, 2022 in Athens, Georgia.
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Monday evening, WCBI News in Mississippi reported that Kiffin would become the next head coach at Auburn after stepping down as head coach of Ole Miss on Friday. 

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“BREAKING: [Ole Miss] HC Lane Kiffin plans to step down as the Rebels coach Friday and head to Auburn to become the Tigers’ next head coach, according to sources. Sources say the Tigers have not officially offered the job to anyone yet.

“So Lane to Auburn is happening. Story soon.”

Kiffin responded on Twitter, shooting down the report. 

Ole Miss is preparing for its rivalry game against Mississippi State on Thanksgiving, which dates back to 1932. 

Following the Rebels’ 42-27 loss to Arkansas in Week 12, Kiffin was asked about the reports tying him to Auburn’s head coaching vacancy. 

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“Fair question,” Kiffin said when asked about being viewed as Auburn’s top target, according to AL.com. “Like I said, I love being here. I don’t want to look to next year already with a regular-season game (still to play), but this is not one of those years where you were, ‘We’re going to lose all these guys.’”

Mississippi Rebels head coach Lane Kiffin watches during the game against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on Sept. 24, 2022 in Oxford, Mississippi. 

Mississippi Rebels head coach Lane Kiffin watches during the game against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on Sept. 24, 2022 in Oxford, Mississippi. 
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“There’s a lot of people coming back, and a lot of new guys offensively, especially. So, very excited about the future. So, I don’t know all that stuff out there — No. 1 (candidate) stuff. Maybe if they watched the first half (against Arkansas), I wouldn’t be No. 1 anymore.”

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Kiffin has openly discussed his appreciation for Ole Miss and for the city of Oxford in his third season as head coach, saying prior to the season that he has made positive personal changes in his time in Mississippi. 

Mississippi Rebels head coach Lane Kiffin looks on during a college football game against the Alabama Crimson Tide on Nov. 12, 2022 at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, Mississippi. 

Mississippi Rebels head coach Lane Kiffin looks on during a college football game against the Alabama Crimson Tide on Nov. 12, 2022 at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, Mississippi. 
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“I just think maybe that statement might not surprise people,” Kiffin said in September when asked about his thoughts on Oxford. “Just when I thought of it the other day, I don’t know I would’ve said that in the beginning, just living in the different cities I’ve lived in. 

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“As you guys know, here with Landry [Kiffin’s daughter] moving here and Juice [Kiffin’s dog] and everything, just how people are here. It’s been really awesome for me. It’s been part of a lot of changes that have taken place personally. It just didn’t happen in these two years by chance, I think a lot of it had to do with coming here.”



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