Lynn KevinThe regular season is over. He now has some important decisions.
After losing 24-22 in the Egg Bowl, Kiffin, considered Auburn’s number one target in his coaching search, said in his post-game press conference that he intended to be the Ole Miss coach next season.
“Yeah, I do,” Kevin said after the game when asked if he expected to coach at Ole Miss next year.
Kiffin was reportedly offered an extension at Ole Miss last week in the wake of the Auburn uproar. Is there a timeline for him to sign one and remain the Rebels coach?
Kevin said, “I don’t know. I signed three—does the fourth mean you’ll never leave?” I don’t know. I’m more focused and worried about the game than whether I’m going to sign another contract. I don’t act ungrateful about it. But everyone thinks you sign a contract – well, a year ago you said the same thing, and here we are again.”
Kevin singled out Mississippi television reporter John Sokoloff for reporting earlier this week that Kevin for Auburn was a done deal. Kevin said he had to hold a team meeting to discuss the report with his players and ensure they were not offered the job, let alone accepted.
“When I tell John, who’s famous now, that you can just write whatever you want,” said Kevin, pointing to Sokolov, “I’ll do it too, I guess. To be famous and maybe you’ll be right. John did it, so I had to get a meeting.” To the team to say his article was wrong. I’d like to know these unnamed sources from John. So yeah, I had to get the team meeting because of that.”
When asked what he told the team during their Wednesday night meeting, Kevin added: “I just said to them, ‘This report that you probably don’t pay much attention to, but your family does, is inaccurate and it’s a false report.'”
Auburn is expected to extend a formal offer to Kevin by Friday. His agent Jimmy Sexton was in attendance at the game on Thursday in Oxford.
During Kiffin’s weekly press conference in preparation for the Egg Bowl on Monday, he was naturally asked about his commitment to the program as its head coach. He answered with signs Tommy TubervilleWhen the former Ole Miss coach left for Auburn prior to 1999, W.J Nick Sabanwhen he left the Dolphins for Alabama in 2007.
“I could get up and make a pine box speech, and I wouldn’t be the next coach at Alabama,” Kevin said Monday. “I can give you those things. I don’t know what that means. I’ve been here for three years and I’ve been lucky enough to get three different contracts. I don’t know why a fourth decade makes people feel better. Like I said, we value everything here.”
Previously 2-0 in Egg Bowls as an Ole Miss coach, Kiffin and the Rebels fell 24-22 to Mississippi State on Thanksgiving Day. Ole Miss was held to 331 yards of offense and had a season-high thirty-six.
Mississippi State looked close to putting the game away, up 24-16 with less than 5 minutes left and in scoring position, ahead of the Bulldogs. Will Rogers He fumbled second-and-goal at the 1-yard line. Ole Miss QB jackson dart Then the Rebels helped drive 99 yards, and hit Dayton Wade for a 23-yard touchdown run with 1:25 remaining.
A shovel dart pass on the two-point conversion was negated, though, and Mississippi State knelt on the clock after recovering an onside kick.