Ole Miss fell to the Mississippi State Bulldogs on Thursday night to finish their 2022 regular season with a record of 8-4.
The Rebels loss in last night's Egg Bowl - their third consecutive defeat to end the year - has brought the spotlight onto Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin.
Kiffin, who's rumored to be one of the top candidates for the open Auburn coaching position, had a short and direct answer for a postgame question inquiring about his future at Ole Miss.
Asked if he expects to return to Ole Miss next season, Kiffin simply said "yes, I do," per an ESPN article posted Thursday evening.
Rumors about Kiffin's 2023 coaching plans have been sprouting for a while. A tweet Monday from a WCBI-TV journalist, however, sent the speculation into overdrive.
Jon Sokoloff made the bold claim that "Lane to Auburn is happening" earlier this week and asserted that Kiffin would step down as coach of the Rebels to the open Auburn position.
According to an ESPN article posted Tuesday, Kiffin denied the report. Additionally, sources close to the Ole Miss coach noted that "any reports out there about his accepting another offer were totally false."
Kiffin was also asked after Thursday night's game about signing a contract extension with the Rebels.
While he wouldn't offer any information on a new deal, he did note that he's signed several extensions with the school but says he's been "more focused" on the Mississippi State game.
Should Kiffin remain at Ole Miss or pass over the Auburn job, the ESPN piece named Liberty head coach Hugh Freeze as an option for the Tigers. Freeze is 34-14 at Liberty after posting a 39-25 mark at Ole Miss from 2012-2017.
Stay on the lookout for updates on Lane Kiffin as his Ole Miss Rebels prepare for their bowl game.