Ole Miss football head coach Lane Kiffin has only been in Oxford, Mississippi, for three seasons, but his job as head coach of the rebels has once again made it a hot commodity for job postings 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.
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.
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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.
“So Lane to Auburn is happening. Story soon.”
Kiffin responded on Twitter, rejecting the report.
Ole Miss prepares for their rivalry game against Mississippi State on Thanksgivingdating from 1932.
Following the Rebels’ 42-27 loss to Arkansas in Week 12, Kiffin was asked about reports linking him to Auburn’s head coaching vacancy.
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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.'” .
“There’s a lot of people coming back, and a lot of new guys offensively, especially. So I’m very excited about the future. So, I don’t know all that stuff, No. 1 (candidate) stuff. Maybe they did see the first half (against Arkansas), would no longer be number 1”.
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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 before the season that he has made positive personal changes in his time at Mississippi.
“I think maybe that statement doesn’t surprise people,” Kiffin said in September when asked about his thoughts on Oxford. “Just when I thought about it the other day, I don’t know, I would have said that at the beginning, just living in the different cities that I’ve lived in.
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“As you know, here with Landry [Kiffin’s daughter] move here and juice [Kiffin’s dog] and everything, how are the people here. It has been really amazing for me. You have been a part of many changes that have taken place personally. It just didn’t happen in these two years by chance, I think a lot had to do with coming here.”