Mississippi coach Lane Kiffin passes the ball to a player during warmups for the team's NCAA college football game against Mississippi State in Oxford, Miss., Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis

Despite rumors that Lane Kiffin would step down to take over at Auburn as soon as Friday, the Ole Miss head coach has maintained he isn’t planning to leave.

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Lane Kiffin is asked if he anticipates being Ole Miss’ coach next season: “Yes, I do.”

Kiffin also responded to the reports of his reportedly imminent departure earlier in the week:

Lane Kiffin @Lane_Kiffin

That’s news to me Jon. 🤦‍♂️. Nice sources 🚫👿🪑🍽 https://t.co/P8rdpxEk0p

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No. 20 Ole Miss fell to Mississippi State on Thursday in the Egg Bowl, 24-22, dropping to 8-4 after a promising 7-0 start.

Kiffin, who has been at the helm for Ole Miss since 2020, is 23-12 during his tenure.

While the Auburn head-coaching gig carries more prestige, it doesn’t sound as though Kiffin plans to leave Ole Miss any time soon. Whether that’s posturing until the season ends or a legitimate stance remains to be seen.

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