Lane Kiffin meets with players as Auburn rumors do the rounds: report

With rumors he was leaving Ole Miss for the head coaching job at Auburn, Rebels head coach Lane Kiffin reportedly met with his players Tuesday night.

Kiffin felt he owed it to his players and their families to speak directly to them after Monday’s report that he would step down as Ole Miss head coach 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 at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on November 12, 2022 in Oxford, Mississippi.
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According to the report, Kiffin informed his players that he had not accepted any job offers at another school.

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“He told the players his focus is on the state of Mississippi and nothing else and that all reports of him accepting another offer are completely false,” sources told ESPN.

On Monday night, Mississippi’s WCBI News 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 the Texas A&M Aggies at Kyle Field October 29, 2022 in College Station, Texas.
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“BREAK:[Ole Miss] HC Lane Kiffin plans to step down as Rebels coach on Friday and travel to Auburn to become the Tigers’ next head coach, sources said. 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 and shot down the report.

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

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

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

Head Coach Lane Kiffin of the Mississippi Rebels on the touchline 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 if he was considered Auburn’s main target, according to AL.com. “Like I said, I like being here. I don’t want to go into next year with a regular season game (still to play), but this isn’t one of those years where you said, ‘We’re going to lose all these guys.'”

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