Lane Kiffin refutes report he’s leaving Ole Miss for Auburn


Lane Kiffin

Lane Kiffin
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Late Monday night time, the sports activities director for WCBI Information in Mississippi, Jon Sokoloff, detonated a grenade within the school soccer carousel by reporting that Ole Miss coach Lane Kiffin could be accepting Auburn’s head teaching job. Sokoloff’s tweet particularly said that Kiffin’s being named Auburn coach was imminent and that he would step down on Friday after Thursday’s Egg Bowl conflict towards Mississippi State.

Kiffin later tweeted out a printout of a typed report that tried to show the tables by insinuating Sokoloff was leaving his station for WLOX. Kiffin being outed as the following Auburn coach forward of the Egg Bowl would have made issues untenable for Kiffin, which explains why he would mock the report.

Apparently, his ridiculing of Sokoloff isn’t an outright denial. He didn’t even attempt to say Sokoloff was incorrect. A yr in the past, Lincoln Riley adamantly insisted he “was not going to be the following head coach at LSU.” Riley may very well be awarded factors for honesty, and demerits for giving a deceptive assertion. Lane Kiffin higher not be leaving Ole Miss now as a result of he’s dug himself into a fair deeper gap when he most likely ought to have tamped down the rumor mill.

The veracity of Sokoloff’s tip continues to be up within the air, however we received’t have a particular reply till Auburn names Kiffin, interim coach Cadillac Williams, or another person as its subsequent head coach. Nevertheless, Sokoloff has credibility as an data dealer. On Oct. 29, he reported that Mississippi State athletic director John Cohen would fill the AD emptiness at Auburn days earlier than his hiring was introduced. Clearly, there’s smoke, and Sokoloff’s data pipeline is stable.

Nevertheless, Kiffin is a grasp gaslighter. Kiffin’s corny tweets didn’t even calm the rumors. If something, his focus was on being as edgy as attainable. He’s one of the crucial on-line coaches in school soccer and he thrives on Elon Musk’s Twitter. Previous to Sokoloff kicking up Auburn rumors, Kiffin made positive to let everybody know that he was targeted on getting ready for the Egg Bowl, not on the Auburn opening.

Kiffin’s mocking tone in his tweets clarifies the enchantment he has with recruits. If you notice he’s spiritually a teen nonetheless, all the pieces is smart. The trolling, the Twitter hijinks, the immaturity. He’s the coach who doubles as your good friend whereas Kelly or Nick Saban emanates stern dad vitality.

Ole Miss additionally denied Sokoloff’s report, which hopefully doesn’t imply that they’re additionally oblivious to who their coach is. Kiffin and his run-heavy offensive assault have been a hit at Ole Miss. Previous to their consecutive defeats within the month of November, the Rebels had been a top-10-ranked program. Ole Miss will maintain onto Kiffin so long as it presumably can, however the finish of the Kiffin period might be drawing close to and the Rebels sound like they’re in denial.

We met Kiffin when he turned the top coach of the Oakland Raiders on the age of 31 in 2010. He left Oakland in tumult. Then, Kiffin departed Tennessee in a maelstrom for USC and was deserted on the tarmac at Los Angeles Worldwide Airport by Trojans Athletic Director Pat Haden. The night time Kiffin deserted his final SEC job at Tennessee, followers rioted outdoors the advanced the place his resignation press convention was to be held. Avoiding a shitstorm this time round might be price preserving the facade up for just a few extra days.

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