OXFORD — After his report on Monday stating Ole Miss football coach Lane Kiffin was set to take the Auburn job after the Egg Bowl caused a Twitter firestorm, WCBI Sports Director Jon Sokoloff backtracked Saturday morning.
"Lane Kiffin showed interest in Auburn but decided to remain with Ole Miss," Sokoloff Tweeted.
He later posted the following statement.
His changed report came after reporting from Chris Low and Pete Thamel of ESPN indicated that Kiffin is out of the running at Auburn, and the Tigers have zeroed in on Hugh Freeze to become their next head coach.
Kiffin went off on Sokoloff in his press conference after the Egg Bowl defeat, noting that the false report necessitated a team meeting.
"I had to have a team meeting because of that," Kiffin said postgame. "When there's other stuff and chat rooms ... when a reporter writes that, it changes the game for them."
Predictably, Kiffin logged onto Twitter with some additional messages to Sokoloff following Saturday morning's developments.
According to multiple reports, Kiffin is set to sign a contract extension to remain with the Rebels. As of 11 a.m. CT, that had not yet been signed.
David Eckert covers Ole Miss for the Clarion Ledger. Email him at email@example.com or reach him on Twitter @davideckert98.
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