Lane Kiffin meets with players as Auburn rumors swirl: report

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With rumors that he would be leaving Ole Miss for the head coaching job at auburnRebels head coach Lane Kiffin reportedly met with his players Tuesday night.

Kiffin felt he owed it to his players and their families to speak to them directly after it was reported Monday that he would be stepping down as head coach of Ole Miss Friday to become the next head coach of the Auburn Tigers, according to ESPN.

Mississippi Rebels head coach Lane Kiffin looks on during a college football game against the Alabama Crimson Tide on November 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 November 12, 2022 at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, Mississippi.
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According to the report, Kiffin told his players that he had not accepted any job offers at another school.

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“He told the players his the focus was in the state of Mississippi and nothing more and that any reports of her accepting another offer were totally false,” the sources told ESPN.

On Monday night, WCBI News in Mississippi reported that Kiffin would become the next head coach at Auburn after stepping down as Ole Miss head coach on Friday.

Mississippi Rebels head coach Lane Kiffin watches from the sidelines during the football game between the Ole Miss Rebels and Texas A&M Aggies at Kyle Field on October 29, 2022 in College Station, Texas.

Mississippi Rebels head coach Lane Kiffin watches from the sidelines during the football game between the Ole Miss Rebels and Texas A&M Aggies at Kyle Field on October 29, 2022 in College Station, Texas.
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“RIP: [Ole Miss] HC Lane Kiffin plans to step down as the Rebels’ coach on Friday and head to Auburn to become the next head coach of the Tigers, according to sources. Sources say the Tigers have yet to officially offer the job to anyone.

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

Kiffin responded on Twitter, rejecting the report.

Kiffin has become a hot commodity in college football, having led Ole Miss to an 8-3 record in his third season in Oxford, Mississippi.

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In three seasons, Kiffin has led the Rebels to a 23-11 record, winning 10 games in 2021 and leading Ole Miss to the Sugar Bowl.

Following Saturday’s loss to Arkansas, Kiffin addresses rumors linking him to Auburn’s head coaching vacancy, weeks after the Tigres parted ways with Bryan Harsin.

Mississippi Rebels head coach Lane Kiffin on the sideline during a game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium on November 19, 2022 in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  The Razorbacks defeated the Rebels 42-27.

Mississippi Rebels head coach Lane Kiffin on the sideline during a game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium on November 19, 2022 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The Razorbacks defeated the Rebels 42-27.
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“Fair question,” Kiffin said when asked about being seen as Auburn’s top target, according to AL.com. “Like I said, I love it here. I don’t want to look forward to next year with a regular season game (still to be played), but this isn’t one of those years where you were, ‘We’re going to lose all these guys.'” .

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