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Lane Kiffin on Auburn job rumors: 'I don't know what else to say. I'm extremely happy here. '

Jeffrey Leeby:Jeffrey Lee11/21/22

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If Lane Kiffin plans to stay at Ole Miss, he’s not going out of his way to convince people, specifically Ole Miss fans.

Kiffin at his weekly Monday press conference again was asked about the Auburn job. And again he didn’t deny interest or confirm plans to be at Ole Miss next season.

He did, however, repeat that he’s happy to be the Rebels’ head coach.

 “I don’t know what else to say,” Kiffin said. “I’m extremely happy here.”

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Kiffin has been at the forefront of Auburn’s search for Bryan Harsin’s replacement. He’s considered by several media outlets, including Auburn Live, to be the Tigers’ No. 1 target.

But Kiffin isn’t doing much to squash the reports. He said he’s not taking the Tommy Tuberville or Nick Saban approach.

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Tuberville, at Ole Miss at the time, said he would leave Oxford only in a “pine box”. That statement came just days before accepting the head coaching position at Auburn. Saban stated he wouldn’t be the head coach at Alabama soon before taking the job.

“I can get up here and give the ‘Pine Box’ speech and ‘I’m not going to be the next head coach at Alabama,” Kiffin said. “I can give you those things … don’t know what those mean.”

Ole Miss has offered Kiffin a new contract that would make him one of the 10 highest-paid coaches in college football, according to Richard Cross of SportsTalk Mississippi. Kiffin, however, has yet to sign it.

“Been here three years and have been fortunate enough to have three different contracts,” he said. “I don’t know why a fourth contract makes people feel better.

“Like I said, we’re very appreciative of everything here.”

Ole Miss and Kiffin play in-state rival Mississippi State on Thursday. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. CT on ESPN.

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