With No. 15 Ole Miss preparing to play unranked Texas A&M Saturday, Rebels head coach Lane Kiffin was bound to take a shot at the Aggies at some point. 

On Wednesday, Kiffin made his move, taking a dig at Texas A&M when discussing Aggies defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin, who led the defense at Ole Miss last season. 

Head coach Lane Kiffin of the Mississippi Rebels arrives before a game against the Auburn Tigers at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium Oct. 15, 2022, in Oxford, Miss. 
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Durkin left for College Station, Texas, in the offseason, signing a three-year contract.

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“D.J. really turned our defense around here and played pretty good,” Kiffin said, according to On3 Sports. “Especially the second half of last year. We tried to keep him. He did a great job with the players. We got outbid, which is kind of a common theme with that program. And he’s doing a really good job there.”

Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher pulled in the No. 1 recruiting class in the country over the summer, setting off a war of words between Fisher and Alabama head coach Nick Saban. 

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During the offseason, Saban said Texas A&M “bought every player on their team.” That prompted Fisher to hold a press conference at which he called Saban — without actually naming him — a “narcissist” while urging reporters to dig into his past. 

Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide meets with head coach Jimbo Fisher of the Texas A and M Aggies at Kyle Field Oct. 9, 2021, in College Station, Texas. 

Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide meets with head coach Jimbo Fisher of the Texas A and M Aggies at Kyle Field Oct. 9, 2021, in College Station, Texas. 
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The two have since appeared to put their beef behind them, but A&M’s recruiting class continues to be in the news as the Aggies’ losing streak has grown to three. 

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On Tuesday, Texas A&M reportedly suspended three freshmen from its 2022 class indefinitely for violating team rules. 

Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin on the sideline during a game against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Sept. 17, 2022, at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta.  

Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin on the sideline during a game against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Sept. 17, 2022, at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta.  
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The Aggies began the year as the No. 6 team in the country before losing to unranked Appalachian State in Week 2. They’ve lost three games in a row to Mississippi State, Alabama and South Carolina. 

Ole Miss is coming off its first loss of the season after losing to LSU in Week 8. 

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