Lane Kiffin Offers Update After Missing Ole Miss Season-Opener

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On Monday, Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin was forced to miss his team’s season-opener against Louisville with a positive COVID-19 test.

Fortunately for Kiffin, the Rebels were able to claim a a decisive 43-24 victory over the Cardinals in his absence. And with that Week 1 win now in the rearview, the second-year Ole Miss coach is set to make his return for Week 2.

Kiffin shared his latest health update during an SEC coaches media teleconference on Wednesday.

“I have no symptoms. I’m great now,” Kiffin said. “I will be back for the game, so I’m excited about that. That was strange, obviously, not being there. Winning and not being in the locker room with the guys was strange, but everything happens for a reason. … I’m not sure [what day I’ll be back], but I’ll be back by Saturday.”

Kiffin announced his positive test on Saturday morning, just two days before his team’s opening game. The longtime college football coach described his positive test as a “breakthrough case,” meaning he’s been fully vaccinated against the virus.

In fact, exactly one month ago on Aug. 8, Kiffin told ESPN that 100% of his players, coaches and staff had received the COVID-19 vaccine.

Ole Miss will face off against Austin Peay on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET.

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