Ole Miss Rebels head coach Lane Kiffin has spent over a decade working to change his reputation from a job hopper to someone you can count on.

And all of the work he did — from toiling away quietly as an assistant at Alabama to becoming the head coach at Ole Miss and showing humility — might have been undone this week.

WCBI’s Jon Sokoloff reported on Monday evening that Kiffin is going to resign from Ole Miss on Friday so he can take the job at Auburn.

Sokoloff also reported that Auburn hasn’t officially offered the job to anyone.

I can’t blame Kiffin for leaving Ole Miss for Auburn if that’s what happens. If he thinks Auburn is the better place for him then it makes sense for him to leave Oxford.

The problem here is the timing.

Cadillac Williams, a former Auburn running back, is currently serving as the Tigers’ interim head coach. And Williams could be considered a candidate to replace Bryan Harsin on a full-time basis.

It’s a bad look for Auburn to give Kiffin the job before Williams even gets a chance to coach against Alabama in the Iron Bowl. Even if they don’t want to give Williams serious consideration as a candidate, it would still be incredibly disrespectful to hire a new head coach while Williams is actively working as the head coach.

What’s worse, though, is that if this rumor is true, it will mean that Kiffin spent the week of the Egg Bowl worrying about Auburn instead of worrying about beating Mississippi State.

There wouldn’t be a bigger slap in the face to the kids on the Rebels’ roster than planning to resign before those kids have even played their last game.

Now that this report is out there, I suspect Kiffin, if he decides to take the Auburn job, will delay his resignation.

But unfortunately for Kiffin, if he waits to resign and doesn’t take the Auburn job until a week from now, everyone is still going to assume that he was working on the deal while he should’ve been preparing for Mississippi State. The only way for Kiffin to save face is to stay at Ole Miss.

It should be an interesting few days in Mississippi as we wait to see what Kiffin and Auburn decide to do.

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