Coronavirus: Ole Miss football coach Lane Kiffin tests positive

OXFORD, Miss. — University of Mississippi football head coach Lane Kiffin announced Saturday that he has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss Monday’s season opener against Louisville.

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Kiffin, 46, is entering his second season as the Rebels coach after going 5-5 in 2020. Kiffin said in a statement that he will not be traveling to Atlanta for Monday’s Chick-fil-A Kickoff game against the Cardinals, saying he experienced minor symptoms about 48 hours ago, WAPT reported. Kiffin, who has been vaccinated, said a second test confirmed a positive test.

“I am grateful to be vaccinated and experiencing only mild symptoms,” Kiffin said in his statement. “So much so, I debated over being tested, but I’m relieved that I did. I’m proud of our program’s commitment to vaccination, and as a result, there are currently no other cases to report or team members expected to miss the game.”

Ole Miss was the first college football team in the country to reach a 100% vaccination rate throughout their entire program, WAPT reported.

The university said it had not yet decided who will be on the sidelines handling the head coaching duties on Monday, according to ESPN.

No other positive tests have been reported on the team, WAPT reported.

Kiffin has been a head coach with the NFL’s Oakland Raiders in 2007 and 2008. In the college ranks he has been the head coach at Tennessee (2009), the University of Southern California (2010 to 2013) and Florida Atlantic University (2017 to 2019).

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