Ole Miss paused team activities for at least one day because of COVID issues, the Rebels announced Wednesday, and coach Lane Kiffin said it depends on testing results.

Speaking on the SEC coaches media teleconference, Kiffin said the Rebels could play this weekend if there was a game scheduled, but practice would be difficult. Because there is not a game scheduled, Kiffin said it was an easier decision to not practice. But they still hope to practice on Thursday.

Kiffin also shared his opinion on new endorsement rules around name, image and likeness, and he thinks the ability to profit for players will get more guys to stay next year.

“I think that that would (lead to more players staying in college),” he said. “Anything that would make it stay more because you can make more money today. So I think if anything that may work the other way with guys leaving early, you know, because at least they say Okay, I get to make some money come back for another year.'”

Although it’s not officially scheduled, it would seem likely that the Rebels may return to action against Texas A&M on Dec. 12. The SEC office announced on Monday that it would not be announcing the official schedules for the final two weekends until later this week.