SEC fines Lane Kiffin for voicing frustration, admits officiating error at finish of Auburn win over Ole Miss

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Ole Miss fell at dwelling to Auburn 35-28 in a barn-burner on Saturday afternoon, and one important play within the sport did not precisely sit properly with coach Lane Kiffin. The Rebels took a 28-27 lead halfway by way of the fourth quarter, and on the following kickoff, the ball appeared to graze the pinky of Auburn’s Shaun Shivers. Ole Miss went on to get better in the long run zone, however the referees dominated on the sphere that Shivers didn’t contact it, and replay referees didn’t buzz right down to the sphere to supply additional assessment of the play.

Apparently the reason that Kiffin acquired from the SEC relating to the controversial play wasn’t ok, and he elaborated on that dialog throughout Monday’s press convention.

“I used to be late for this [press conference] as a result of I used to be on the cellphone with [SEC director of officials] John McDaid … the SEC,” Kiffin stated. “I actually battle with this so much. I simply had the dialog with him. He known as to elucidate what occurred. I actually want, for our gamers, for our followers, that they may hear what I used to be simply informed. I feel they need to. However I requested…they made positive to inform me there is a coverage that I can not inform you, the gamers or the followers what their, if you wish to name it, clarification for that scenario and the way TV … all people within the nation may see it hit him.”

He additionally defined the dialog that he had on the sphere with officers after the sport wasn’t stopped for replay assessment.

“I requested the facet decide why aren’t they replaying it, do I have to problem it? He stated, ‘They’ve already checked out it. There’s nothing there.’ I am not allowed to say something extra in regards to the dialog, however I actually want the followers and the gamers may hear what I used to be informed,” Kiffin stated. “I needed to take like a five-minute energy yoga class earlier than I walked in right here.”

Kiffin’s frustration wasn’t restricted to his feedback on Monday as, over the weekend, the coach utilized his Twitter account to air his grievances with the decision. In response to Kiffin voicing his frustration over social media, the SEC introduced that it was fining Kiffin $25,000 for “his use of social media Saturday after the sport made in violation of SEC Bylaw 10.5 associated to officiating.”

Although the convention reprimanded Kiffin, it additionally admited an officiating error on the play, stating, “the replay official ought to have stopped the sport for additional assessment of the play. Within the soccer officiating replay course of each play is reviewed however, when applicable, the sport is stopped for additional assessment.”

“As a result of the play was not appropriately stopped for additional assessment, the required slow-motion view of the play was not seen by the replay official to find out if the ruling on the sphere ought to have been reversed,” the assertion stated.

As a substitute of taking a two-touchdown lead, Auburn took possession and stopped Ole Miss’ second-half momentum. Auburn punted on the following drive, however a landing cross from Bo Nix to Seth Williams with beneath two minutes to play and subsequent two-point conversion gave the Tigers the win.

The loss dropped the Rebels to 1-Four in Kiffin’s first season as this system’s head coach. They will go to Vanderbilt on Saturday of their quest for win No. 2 in 2020.

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