Lane Kiffin signed an extension to remain coach at Ole Miss, denying Auburn’s pursuit of a vacant role

Lane Kiffin has decided to stay at Ole Miss and sign an extension with the Rebels, the coach confirmed Saturday morning. Kevin’s decision comes amid intense pursuit of him by Auburn, which has been trying to fill its vacant coaching position since Brian Harsin’s firing on Oct. 31.

“I met with the team and the staff and told them that I will stay and that will be announced after the match,” Kevin told ESPN, referring to No. 22 Ole Miss’ 24-22 loss to Mississippi State in the Egg Bowl on Thanksgiving Day. “I didn’t want it to be about me staying before the game but about the team.”

Rumors swirled about Kevin being nominated for the Auburn job. They got louder than whispers leading up to the Egg Bowl, but Kiffin publicly denied a local TV report that said he would be announced as the Tigers coach on Friday, even going so far as to publicly shame the reporter for incorrect information.

“I just said [the team] That this report – which you probably don’t pay much attention to but your family – is inaccurate. “False reports,” Kevin said.

Kevin has already accepted multiple contract extensions for his career at Ole Miss, and entered 2022 as the 11th highest-paid coach in college football with a contract averaging $7.25 million. The value of its extension has not been announced; However, Sports Illustrated reports Kiffin is expected to earn over $9 million annually.

As for Auburn, she moved on from Kevin and her Hugh Freese from Liberty looks on to take her vacant place. The Freeze was 39-25 (including canceled wins) at Ole Miss from 2012-16, beating Alabama in 2014 and 2015.

What are the biggest takeaways?

Lin will continue to store the list

The sour taste left in Rebels fans’ mouths after Kiffin’s questionable running of the clock in the final moments of the Egg Bowl will be removed relatively quickly knowing that he has turned this team into a destination program, especially among players in the transfer gate.

Just look at the impact players he’s drawn to Ole Miss through the transfer portal. Quarterback Jaxson Dart started part-time at USC before taking over the Rebels Zach Evans is a former first-class recruit who moved to Ole Miss from TCU prior to the 2022 season Jared Ivey joined the Rebels from Georgia Tech and owner Heath moved across state from Mississippi .

It’s not Xs and Os, it’s Jimmys and The Joes. Now that Kevin has more stability, these recruiting efforts will likely bring more talent to the program.

Quarterback development continued

Kiffin has successfully developed quarterbacks throughout his career, including this year with the Dart. Prior to the Dart, Matt Corral developed as one of the most dangerous players in the country last season. Corral earned second-team All-SEC honors behind Heisman Trophy winner Bryce Young after throwing for 3,349 yards, rushing for 614 yards and catching 31 touchdowns.

Chris Robson threw for 3,701 yards in 2019, Kiffin’s final season at FAU, and led the Owls to a Conference USA title. He was part of three consecutive SEC championship teams at Alabama with three different starting quarterbacks—Blake Sims (2014), Jake Coker (2015) and Jalen Hurts (2016)—and won a national title with Coker at the helm. Matt Barkley topped the 3,000-yard mark in two of Kiffin’s full seasons at USC, and Jonathan Crompton threw for 27 touchdowns and threw for 2,800 yards at Tennessee in 2009.

Simply put, Kiffin has been successfully outfitting star centre-backs for over a decade, and that will only continue now that he’s been locked away at Oxford.

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