Lane Kiffin takes a swipe at Texas A&M discussing former defensive coordinator: ‘We outbid’


With No. 15 Ole Miss Preparing to play at unranked Texas A&M on Saturday, Rebels head coach Lane Kiffin was at one point expected to try his luck against the Aggies.

Wednesday, Kiffin made his gesturetaking a dig at Texas A&M when discussing Aggies defensive coordinator DJ Durkin, who led defense at Ole Miss last season.

Head coach Lane Kiffin of the Mississippi Rebels arrives before a game against the Auburn Tigers at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on October 15, 2022 in Oxford, Mississippi.
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Durkin left for College Station, Texas, in the offseason, signing a three-year contract.

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“DJ really transformed our defense here and played really well,” Kiffin said, according to On3 Sports. “Especially the second half of last year. We tried to keep it. He did a great job with the players.

Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher has Recruitment Class #1 in the country over the summer, sparking a war of words between Fisher and Alabama head coach Nick Saban.

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During the off-season, Saban says Texas A&M “Bought all the players on their team.” This prompted Fisher to hold a press conference in which he called Saban – without naming him – a “narcissist” while urging reporters to dig into his past.

Head Coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide meets with Head Coach Jimbo Fisher of the Texas A&M Aggies at Kyle Field on October 9, 2021 in College Station, Texas.

Head Coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide meets with Head Coach Jimbo Fisher of the Texas A&M Aggies at Kyle Field on October 9, 2021 in College Station, Texas.
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The two have since appeared to put their beef behind them, but A&M’s recruiting class continues to make headlines as the Aggies’ losing streak increases to three.

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Tuesday, Texas A&M reportedly suspended three freshmen of his class of 2022 indefinitely for violating team rules.

Ole Miss Lane head coach Kiffin on the sidelines during a game against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on September 17, 2022 at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta.

Ole Miss Lane head coach Kiffin on the sidelines during a game against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on September 17, 2022 at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta.
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The Aggies started the year as the No. 6 team in the nation before losing to unranked Appalachia State in Week 2. They’ve lost three straight to Mississippi State, New York. Alabama and South Carolina.

Ole Miss is coming off its first loss of the season after losing to LSU in Week 8.


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