Lane Kiffin says he hopes to return to Ole Miss next season after loss to Mississippi State

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Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin it has been reported that he is the leading candidate for the vacant coaching job at Auburn for the past few weeks.

on Thursday night, after Ole Miss lost 24-22 to the state of MississippiKiffin was asked by a reporter if he anticipated being the head coach of Ole Miss for the 2023 season if Auburn offered him the coaching job.

Mississippi Rebels head coach Lane Kiffin looks on before the game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on November 24, 2022 in Oxford, Mississippi.

Mississippi Rebels head coach Lane Kiffin looks on before the game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on November 24, 2022 in Oxford, Mississippi.
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“Yes,” Kiffin replied.

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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.

“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.

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

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Kiffin dismissed the report on Twitter, addressed it at his postgame press conference, and called out the reporter who published the report.

“I think when Jon (Sokoloff), who is now famous, misreported it, I congratulate him,” Kiffin said Thursday night. “That you can write whatever you want, and I would too, I think, because you never get held accountable, and you get famous, and maybe you’re right.

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“Jon did, so I had to have a team meeting to say his article was wrong. I’d love to hear these anonymous sources from Jon. So yeah, I had to have a team meeting about that. When there are other things, chat rooms and all that, but when a reporter writes, it changes the game.”

Mississippi Rebels head coach Lane Kiffin looks on after the game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on November 24, 2022 in Oxford, Mississippi.

Mississippi Rebels head coach Lane Kiffin looks on after the game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on November 24, 2022 in Oxford, Mississippi.
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Kiffin is rumored to be Auburn’s Best Choice after the school fired Bryan Harsin as the Tigers’ head coach midway through his second season.

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Kiffin is in his third year at Oxford, going 23-12, winning 10 games in 2021 and leading Ole Miss to the Sugar Bowl.

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