Oct 17, 2020; Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA; Ole Miss Rebels head coach Lane Kiffin prior to the game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

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Ole Miss extends Kiffin’s contract

Ole Miss is extending the contract of football coach Lane Kiffin.

The school made the announcement on Saturday, just a few hours before Kiffin’s Rebels were set to kick off against No. 11 Indiana in the Outback Bowl in Tampa, Fla.

The school didn’t announce terms, but it reportedly is a one-year extension through the 2024 season. He signed a $16.2 million contract in 2019 and has led the Rebels to a 4-5 mark in his first season entering Saturday’s game.

“This is an investment in the future of Ole Miss Football,” athletic director Keith Carter said in a statement. “We hired coach Kiffin with the hope of revitalizing our football program, and in just one short year, he has done just that. His innovative offensive approach has shattered SEC records, and with a top-20 recruiting class coming in, the future is bright under Coach Kiffin’s leadership.”

The Rebels’ 2021 class currently is ranked No. 18 in the nation, according to 247Sports.

“I appreciate Keith’s leadership and his commitment to building a winning football program,” Kiffin, 45, said. “While I’m proud of what our team accomplished this season, we have higher aspirations for Ole Miss Football. This is just the start, and I look forward to continuing to build a championship program.”

Ole Miss is averaging 562.4 yards per game — the most among any Power Five conference team in the nation.

Kiffin was the offensive coordinator at Southern California when the Oakland Raiders hired him at age 31 as their head coach in January 2007. He was fired in September 2008 after the Raiders posted a 5-15 record during his tenure.

He returned to the college ranks in 2009 with Tennessee and also was the head coach of USC (2010-13) and FAU (2017-19) before heading to Mississippi.

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