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Ole Miss coach Lane Kiffin delivers message of accountability after recent weight loss - USA TODAY

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Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin finally looked in the mirror and didn't like what he saw. 

He decided to make some changes, starting with losing 30 pounds over the offseason. It's all part of holding himself and his players accountable if they want to become a consistent winner in the brutal SEC. 

"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 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 also challenged his assistant coaches to a weight loss competition to prove his point. 

Another important point Kiffin made: his team's entire staff, along with his players, are 100% vaccinated against COVID-19.

The Rebels finished the 2020 season 5-5 after an Outback Bowl win over Indiana.

Ole Miss was picked to finished fourth in the SEC West and have only won 10 or more games in a season twice this century.  

The team's season opener is Sept. 6 opener against Louisville.