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Ole Miss’ Lane Kiffin says he expects to return to coach the Rebels

Ole Miss’ Lane Kiffin says he expects to return to coach the Rebels

Be Miss Head coach Lane Kiffin said he expects to stay with the Rebels in 2023, even though Chestnut offers him the opportunity to fill the position of head coach.

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

“Yeah, I do,” Kiffin said Thursday when asked if he expected 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 has not accepted a job at any other school. WCBI-TV in Columbus, Mississippi, reported Monday that Kiffin planned to resign Friday and take the Auburn job. Kiffin denied the report.

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

If Kiffin does commit to Auburn, the school will likely pursue Liberty coach Hugh Freeze. Freese is 34-14 at Liberty after coaching Ole Miss from 2012-17 and 39-25.

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

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