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Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin is known for making headlines, often for non-football reasons. In the summer of 2021, Kiffin is buzzing in the college football world because of the noticeable weight loss he went through after the conclusion of the 2020 season. Kiffin recently spoke about that and why he felt it was important.

“I saw a picture of me at the bowl game last year and told the players I looked like an anaconda that had swallowed a deer and the deer got stuck in its neck,” Kiffin said, according to ESPN. “…Here I am in postseason meetings back in January telling my offensive linemen and other guys that they needed to eat better, lose weight, get in better shape, and I looked like a whale.”

Kiffin has lost more than 30 pounds since the 2020 season came to an end, according to ESPN. While his health alone was a major reason why he focused on losing weight, Kiffin explained that he wanted to make a change to show the players in his program about self-discipline.

While losing the weight was a solid step in the right direction for Kiffin, he is continuing to tell players how important it is that he maintains self-discipline in that. And he is hoping they will continue to follow in his footsteps.

“Gotta keep it up,” Kiffin said, according to ESPN. “Because when I look at myself from last season, it was disgusting.”

In the first year of Kiffin’s tenure last year, the Rebels showed some progress as a program and gave fans a reason to feel optimistic moving forward. Ole Miss started the season slow, going 1-4 early on with the only win coming by one point in overtime over Kentucky. But after that, the Rebels rattled off three wins in their final four games, with the lone loss coming by just five points to LSU. Ole Miss then beat Indiana in the Outback Bowl. The second year of Kiffin’s tenure at Ole Miss has some higher expectations, as ESPN’s Football Power Index has the Rebels projected win/loss record at 7.2-4.8 this season.

As for achieving that? It appears that Kiffin losing the weight he did and preaching his message is sticking well with his players. Ole Miss quarterback Matt Corral spoke about how the weight loss is touching the players as they gear up for the 2021 season.

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“We really saw his weight change,” Corral said, according to ESPN. “He dropped a lot of weight since January, and as players and seeing him go through that process, it just makes us more disciplined and helps us buy into the values and principles of the organization.”