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paperwasp
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Can we agree that Kiffin was never leaving, and used this opportunity for gain (again)?

I just can't help but believe that this was another Sexton/Kiffin special, and my mind keeps going back to this tweet from Saturday night — not the Saban part, but the "purposely stringing Auburn along" part:
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Or do y'all think it was real at some point, and Lane is just doing Lane things now to play it off?


Leto II
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re: Can we agree that Kiffin was never leaving, and used this opportunity for gain (again)?
Wouldn't surprise me


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BamaGradinTn
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re: Can we agree that Kiffin was never leaving, and used this opportunity for gain (again)?
A head coach used a job offer to leverage his current school into giving him a raise to stay? Shocker.

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Lane is just doing Lane things


As if Lane Kiffin invented that tactic.
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higgs_boson
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re: Can we agree that Kiffin was never leaving, and used this opportunity for gain (again)?
That would make him an idiot.

The whole drama probably cost OM at least one, maybe two games.


Tornado Alley
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re: Can we agree that Kiffin was never leaving, and used this opportunity for gain (again)?
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Or do y'all think it was real at some point, and Lane is just doing Lane things now to play it off?


I have no evidence either way, but I think Lane had serious interest in the Auburn job. Ultimately, he decided to stay at Ole Miss, though, especially after he received a commitment for a big raise.


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OBReb6
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re: Can we agree that Kiffin was never leaving, and used this opportunity for gain (again)?
I’d prefer to believe the interest was real, because if it wasn’t it shows an incredible lack of respect for our fans and program to use us as pawns for an ulterior motive.
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higgs_boson
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re: Can we agree that Kiffin was never leaving, and used this opportunity for gain (again)?
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I’d prefer to believe the interest was real, because if it wasn’t it shows an incredible lack of respect for our fans and program to use us as pawns for an ulterior motive.



I think that is best take. Otherwise, even if he did not hurt the program he hurt the season. And I am skeptical he would do that.


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rebel of fortune
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re: Can we agree that Kiffin was never leaving, and used this opportunity for gain (again)?
I think Kiffin was actually very interested in the Auburn job. This is the first year since his divorce that his kids have lived with him. The Auburn talk became a distraction for his program and his own players didn’t know if he was staying or going.


paperwasp
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re: Can we agree that Kiffin was never leaving, and used this opportunity for gain (again)?
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This is the first year since his divorce that his kids have lived with him

If he pulled out late, the thing that makes the most sense is the rumor about his kids not wanting to leave school, IMO.


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re: Can we agree that Kiffin was never leaving, and used this opportunity for gain (again)?
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The whole drama probably cost OM at least one, maybe two games.


Bit dramatic. Ole Miss was already going to lose those games.


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Mulkey Man
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re: Can we agree that Kiffin was never leaving, and used this opportunity for gain (again)?
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If he pulled out late


That's what she said.


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re: Can we agree that Kiffin was never leaving, and used this opportunity for gain (again)?
Jimmy $exton doing what he does


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tgrmeat
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re: Can we agree that Kiffin was never leaving, and used this opportunity for gain (again)?
If AU got its plan B anyway it seems like Lane stringing AU along to get a raise from OM hurt OM much worse than it did AU.


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re: Can we agree that Kiffin was never leaving, and used this opportunity for gain (again)?
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Bit dramatic. Ole Miss was already going to lose those games.


Arkansas maybe. We don't win there often and it seemed like a bad matchup for us defensively and the team was pretty deflated from the Bama game.

I don't buy that we were distracted and that's why we lost the egg bowl. That was one of the weirdest games I've seen. I think if you play it 10 times, Ole Miss wins 7. We played about as poorly as you can and still had a chance somehow.
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paperwasp
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re: Can we agree that Kiffin was never leaving, and used this opportunity for gain (again)?
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That's what she said



WestRockyTop
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dallastiger55
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re: Can we agree that Kiffin was never leaving, and used this opportunity for gain (again)?
I listen to McElroy and Cubelic every morning and the Auburn insider pod every day.

Both have very similar stories and I seem to believe them.

Lane was always Auburns 1, with Freeze their second choice.

Sexton and Auburn had agreed to a verbal deal last Monday and out of respect to the Egg Bowl and Iron Bowl was going to sit on it till Sunday.

The reporter from Miss ran with the tweet that Lane had accepted the job and now ripped the band aid off and Lane and Auburn had to try to do damage control.

Lane got cold feet and decided to just stay at Ole Miss. Remember, the new contract he eventually signed had been sitting on his desk since Friday before the Egg Bowl.

They basically said you can blame the Miss reporter just like Herbstreit leaked the Les to Michigan deal and Les backed out.


paperwasp
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re: Can we agree that Kiffin was never leaving, and used this opportunity for gain (again)?
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They basically said you can blame the Miss reporter

Oof


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WDE24
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re: Can we agree that Kiffin was never leaving, and used this opportunity for gain (again)?
I’m sure he was willing to walk if OM didn’t match. It will happen again in a year or two if he keeps recruiting well and gets OM to 9 wins.


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Cheese Grits
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re: Can we agree that Kiffin was never leaving, and used this opportunity for gain (again)?
I think played the Rebs like a fiddle for a new contract.

At some point somebody is going to have to reign in the agents. Then they will have to go back to working as pimps or used car salesmen.


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