Ole Miss coach Lane Kiffin trolls with famous Nick Saban quote when asked about Auburn vacancy
OXFORD — First-year Ole Miss coach Lane Kiffin's name has been circulating as a possible candidate in Auburn's search to replace coach Gus Malzahn.
When asked about those rumors on Monday, Kiffin gave a nod to a press conference his former boss Nick Saban held when he was the head coach of the Miami Dolphins in 2006.
"I want to say what I learned from my mentor," Kiffin said. "If you guys are going to keep asking this, I'm going to have to tell you: I will not be the head coach at Alabama. OK? So stop asking me."
Saban famously said that on Dec. 21, 2006. On Jan. 3, 2007, Saban announced he was taking the Alabama job.
Before Ole Miss fans get nervous about Kiffin going to Auburn, Kiffin immediately laughed afterwards and proclaimed "I wasn't supposed to say that but I just had to."
When Kiffin got serious, he said he hasn't paid attention to the rumors and has not been contacted by Auburn for the vacancy.
Kiffin is one of many coaches who have been connected to the Auburn job, along with other sitting head coaches like Oregon's Mario Cristobal, Louisiana's Billy Napier and Liberty's Hugh Freeze.
"That's just a product of when your players play well, you're going to be in rumors like that," Kiffin said. "There's been no conversations or anything like that."
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