Lane Kiffin had plenty of words in the week leading up to the Egg Bowl and in the hours after his team’s 24-22 loss to archrival Mississippi State. Three are most important.
Asked late Thursday night if he expected to be Ole Miss’ head coach next season, Kiffin said, “Yes, I do.”
The 47-year-old has been the center of attention as speculation swirled about whether he would trade the navy-and-red for the navy-and-orange, and Kiffin’s personality has, um, egged on the speculation.
“I feel like it was a trial where you say, ‘Yeah, I do,'” he joked, via Inside the rebels.
Kiffin seemed to revel in knocking down a report from WCBI reporter Jon Sokolof that his departure to Auburn was imminent. Kiffin took a page out of Mike Leach’s public-relations playbook and circled back Thursday.
“It was falsely reported by Jon who is now famous. Congratulations. That you can just write whatever you want…I would too I guess. You will never be held accountable and you will be famous.. .maybe you are right.Jon did that so then I had to hold a team meeting to say his article was wrong which I would like to know these unnamed sources from Jon.I had to hold a team meeting because of that don’t they…when there are other things in chat rooms…but when a reporter writes it, it changes the game on it,” Kiffin said.
With his third regular season now complete, Kiffin has the option to sign an extension to remain at Ole Miss. Mississippi state law prevents any state institution from offering a contract longer than four years, so annual 1-year extensions are par for the course at Oxford.
“I don’t know. I’ve signed three. Does a fourth mean you’re never leaving? I don’t know. I’m much more focused and worried about the game than if you sign another contract. I” I don’t act ungrateful for it. Everybody thinks you sign a contract … Well a year ago you signed the same thing,” Kiffin said.
So is Lane trolling there? Is he playing down the significance a new, new extension would have on his Oxford tenure? Or does he go meta, make fun of U.S for putting all this importance on an extension when, in Lane’s mind, he never went to Auburn in the first place?
Who can ever be completely safe with Lane? But the three words above are the strongest indicator yet that he intends to stay at Ole Miss.
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