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Kiffin, Ole Miss lock down Lebby with extension


First, Ole Miss worked quickly to lock down Lane Kiffin with a contract extension.

On Tuesday, the Rebels moved on rising coaching star Jeff Lebby to get their offensive coordinator secured in the program for longer.

Lebby, who previously rose in national stature with his work running Central Florida's high-octane offense, agreed to a two-year contract extension with the Ole Miss football program, days after helping guide the Rebels to a stunning, 26-20 upset of No. 7 Indiana in the Outback Bowl. Sources told FootballScoop the new agreement pushes Lebby into the seven-figure salary range and above the SEC's league average.

“Coach Lebby did an incredible job managing our offense and prearing (quarterback) Matt (Corral) every game,” Kiffin said in a statement from the school. “Coach Lebby brings the innovative mentality we want in our program, and we look forward to building on the historic success of this season's offense.”

Even in a season with more league games than ever before, in an SEC-only schedule, the Rebels established the new conference standard for average yards per game at 562.4. Ole Miss also ranked 14th nationally in scoring offense at more than 39 points per game; the Rebels taxed Alabama for 48 points in an early-season game and also had 54 and 59, respectively, in wins against Vanderbilt and South Carolina.