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Lane Kiffin fined for correctly stating that SEC officials screwed up

Josh McCoy | Ole Miss Athletics

Josh McCoy | Ole Miss Athletics

It took less than half a season for the SEC’s newest and most outspoken head coach to get in trouble for flapping his gums. Even though Lane Kiffin’s mouth is getting him into trouble, he’s actually not in the wrong.

What has now become a weekly tradition in the SEC, Auburn was the beneficiary of a horrible call by SEC officials last Saturday in Oxford. After taking a one-point lead with just over five minutes to play, Ole Miss pooched the ensuing kickoff. The Auburn return man did not cleanly field the ball, instead choosing to let it roll into the end zone for a touchback.

Upon further review, Auburn clearly touched the football. Instead of a touchback, it should have been ruled a fumble with a clear recovery by Ole Miss in the end zone. SEC replay officials did not even step in to stop the play and confirm the correct call was made. Auburn immediately received the ball to begin a game-winning drive that ended with a Seth Williams touchdown.

Kiffin received an explanation from the league office prior to Monday’s press conference. The phone call with the league office left him enraged. He did his best to bite his tongue.

“I was late for this [press conference] because I was on the phone with [SEC director of officials] John McDaid … the SEC,” Kiffin said. “I really struggle with this a lot. I just had the conversation with him. He called to explain what happened. I really wish, for our players, for our fans, that they could hear what I was just told. I think they deserve to. But I asked…they made sure to tell me there’s a policy that I can’t tell you, the players or the fans what their, if you want to call it, explanation for that situation and how TV … everybody in the country could see it hit him.”

Hours later the SEC publicly admitted that Kiffin was correct, yet still slapped the Ole Miss head coach with a $25,000 fine for calling out the officials’ incompetence.

“The SEC has determined the replay official should have stopped the game for further review of the play. In the football officiating replay process every play is reviewed but, when appropriate, the game is stopped for further review,” the SEC said in a statement.

“Because the play was not appropriately stopped for further review, the necessary slow-motion view of the play was not viewed by the replay official to determine if the ruling on the field should have been reversed.”

The conference ruled that Kiffin inappropriately used social media to share his grievances Saturday after the game. If they thought these Tweets were inappropriate…

… here’s what he said after he was fined.

Lane Kiffin may not be good at math, but he’s great at social media.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

12 Comments for Lane Kiffin fined for correctly stating that SEC officials screwed up

  1. cats646
    10:42 am October 27, 2020 Permalink

    Good!! I just gained some respect for him. I Stoops should’ve done the same! Auburn has literally been handed all 3 of their wins. They’re not a good team. They’ve just been helped a lot.

  2. Pensacola_Cat_Fan
    10:44 am October 27, 2020 Permalink

    There are no consequences for refs blowing calls. They’re even so sensitive you can’t say anything about them in public.

  3. BobbyBlue
    11:15 am October 27, 2020 Permalink

    Barnyard is the one that should have complained about Ky’s screwing in the Auburn game. but just like the annual screwing with the selection committee for March madness
    he just sits on his hands and says nothing.

  4. millertim
    11:23 am October 27, 2020 Permalink

    Since the public is made aware of how coaches and players are fined for criticism of the incompotence of officials, the public should also be made aware of any discipline or suspension of horrible referees!

  5. TBW3011
    12:21 pm October 27, 2020 Permalink

    Exact same add 6 times and I’ve clicked on, read and exited 3 articles. Absolutely absurd.

  6. zoupman
    1:09 pm October 27, 2020 Permalink

    Auburn has had huge incorrect calls in three games this year. The SEC has a national reputation for being crooked. Hard to defend.
    Why is Auburn the chosen one this year?

    • RealCatsFan
      4:18 pm October 27, 2020 Permalink

      And Pearl is still standing as their basketball coach after all his cheating. Auburn’s AD must have some incriminating pictures of someone in Indianapolis.

  7. wildcatdon
    1:51 pm October 27, 2020 Permalink

    A travesty that he has been fined. SEC football is as corrupt as the federal govt. what a joke.

    • peaches76
      2:23 pm October 27, 2020 Permalink

      I assume you’re talking about the Obama administration

    • RealCatsFan
      4:20 pm October 27, 2020 Permalink

      That’s funny! Yeah, it wasn’t clean as the driven snow back then, and it sure as hell isn’t now that Donnie Bonespurs is running things. You want the swamp cleaned up? Better get someone independent in there rather than bringing in turtles and lizards.

    • 4everUKBlue
      4:24 pm October 27, 2020 Permalink

      @peaches, I assume that’s sarcasm because no one can name an administration that was not corrupt…. at least not with a straight face.

  8. bramstoker
    1:52 pm October 27, 2020 Permalink

    Did Kiffin or his staff catch it when it happened? That’s the only sense I can make of them fining him for being clearly upset but reserved with his comments