Ole Miss’ Lane Kiffin said he hopes to return as Rebels coach

Ole Miss’ Lane Kiffin said he hopes to return as Rebels coach

be missed Head coach Lane Kiffin said he expects to be with the Rebels in 2023, even if Auburn Gives him a chance to fill his head coaching void.

Kiffin was asked about his status after Thursday’s 24-22 home loss Mississippi State In the Egg Bowl, Ole Miss suffered its third straight loss to end the regular season. Kiffin, who is in his third year as Rebels coach, has been viewed as one of Auburn’s top candidates to replace Brian Hersin, who was fired on Oct. 31.

“Yes, I do,” Kiffin said Thursday when asked if he expects to return to Ole Miss next season.

Sources told ESPN’s Chris Lowe that Kiffin met with Ole Miss players on Tuesday and told them he had not accepted a job at another school. WCBI-TV in Columbus, Mississippi, reported Monday that Kiffin plans to resign Friday and take the Auburn job. Kiffin denied the report.

Asked after Thursday’s loss about signing a new contract extension at Ole Miss, Kiffin noted that he had signed several with the school and was more focused on the Mississippi State game. In December 2021, he received a contract extension with Ole Miss that increased his salary to $7.25 million this year.

If Kiffin does indeed pass on Auburn, Liberty coach Hugh Freeze may be pursued by the school. Freeze went 34-14 at Liberty, and 39-25 after coaching Ole Miss from 2012 to 2017.

Kiffin is 23-12 at Ole Miss and 18-7 over the past two seasons.

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