Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Positive COVID Test Sidelines Coach Kiffin for Season Opener

By Adam Brown
Sports Editor

Ole Miss football head coach Lane Kiffin will not be on the sideline for Monday’s season opener against Louisville after testing positive for COVID-19.

Kiffin who was fully vaccinated, released a statement to Rebel fans on Twitter on Saturday morning.

“I am disappointed to confirm that I have developed a breakthrough case of Covid and will not accompany our team to Atlanta,” Kiffin said. “I am grateful to be vaccinated and experiencing only mild symptoms. 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. We will continue to monitor our team closely and take responsible measures if any symptoms arise. And this too shall pass.”

Ole Miss reported to camp with 100% vaccination. This season, SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey wanted all teams to be at an 85% threshold for being vaccinated for teams to not be tested for the virus. 

Ole Miss and Louisville will kick off Monday night in Atlanta at 7 p.m. on ESPN.