Source – Lane Kiffin Meets Ole Miss Players Amid Speculation
Kiffin as a rule does not respond to coaching rumors, but sources told ESPN that he felt as though he owed it to his players and their parents to formally address the situation after a report by WCBI-TV in Columbus, Mississippi, surfaced Monday. Kiffin planned to resign Friday and go to Auburn. WCBI-TV also reported that Auburn has yet to officially offer the job to anyone.
“He told the players that his focus was on Mississippi State and nothing else and that any reports of him accepting another offer are completely false,” sources told ESPN.
Ole Miss faces Mississippi State in their annual Egg Bowl rivalry Thursday night in Oxford.
Sources told ESPN that Kiffin and the Liberty’s Hugh Freeze are at the forefront of Auburn’s coaching search. Auburn and Alabama play Saturday in their Iron Bowl rivalry game in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Cadillac Williams, a former star running back at Auburn, has led the Tigers to two straight wins as interim coach after replacing the fired Brian Harsin.
Kiffin, in his third season at Ole Miss, guided the Rebels to their first 10-win regular season a year ago. Ole Miss is 8-3 this season but has lost three of its last four games, including last week’s 42-27 blowout at Arkansas, a game in which it trailed 42-6 at one point.
Kiffin was asked afterward about being viewed as Auburn’s top target and said he was excited about the future at Ole Miss.
“So I don’t know about all the stuff out there, No. 1.” [candidate] Stuff,” Kiffin told reporters after the Arkansas loss. “Maybe if they watched the first half, I wouldn’t be number one anymore.”
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