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Kiffin to miss Ole Miss opener with positive COVID-19 test

Breakthrough case announced two days before Louisville game.
Mississippi football coach Lane Kiffin speaks to reporters during a Southeastern Conference Media Days news conference in July.
Mississippi football coach Lane Kiffin speaks to reporters during a Southeastern Conference Media Days news conference in July. [ BUTCH DILL | AP ]
Published Sep. 4
Updated Sep. 4

Mississippi football coach Lane Kiffin will miss the opener against Louisville with a breakthrough case of COVID-19.

Kiffin announced the positive test Saturday, two days ahead of the Rebels’ first game of the college season in Atlanta.

Kiffin, his staff and his players are all fully vaccinated. He said no other members of the team are expected to miss the game because of COVID-19.

“I am grateful to be vaccinated and experiencing only mild symptoms,” Kiffin said in a statement released on Twitter. “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.”