If you’re going to break some news about Lane Kiffin, you may want to run it by the Ole Miss head coach first. Because if you’re wrong, you can bet he’ll take to Twitter to tell you all about it.
That’s what happened this evening, when Mississippi sports reporter Jon Sokoloff broke the news that Lane (apparently) will be leaving Ole Miss on Friday, following their Thanksgiving Day rivalry game against Mississippi State, to take the head coaching job at Auburn.
It didn’t take Kiffin long to come across this report by Sokoloff. And let’s just say he wasn’t having any of it.
Who should we believe here? Is this news false? Or is Lane simply looking to avoid having his players give up on him ahead of their big rivalry game?
Lane has put together a solid run at Ole Miss since arriving there in 2020. After going 5-5 in year one, Kiffin’s Rebels improved to 10-3 in 2021, including a 6-2 record in SEC play and a trip to the Sugar Bowl. This year, his team has struggled in SEC play, going 4-3 thanks to losses to Alabama, LSU and Arkansas. Overall, however, the Rebels own a very respectable 8-3 record and are set for their third consecutive Bowl game under Kiffin.
The Auburn Tigers are currently looking for a head coach after firing Bryan Harsin midway through his second season. Will Kiffin be their next guy? We should find out by the end of this week.