SEC Fines Lane Kiffin Over Officiating Complaints

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala.: The Southeastern Conference has fined Mississippi coach Lane Kiffin $25,000 for his complaints about officiating on social media.

The league announced the fine on Monday, but also said the replay official should have stopped play to review the call after Mississippis fourth-quarter kickoff appeared to have touched the right hand of Shaun Shivers. The Rebels recovered in the end zone but the on-field call was that Shivers didnt touch it and play wasnt halted for a review.

It’s unclear which social-media posts drew the fine but Kiffin did retweet one calling the officiating a disgrace.

Earlier Monday, Kiffin said he had spoken to SEC coordinator of officials John McDaid about the play. He said he was instructed not to publicly disclose the explanation given by McDaid.

I asked the side judge, Why arent they replaying it? Do I need to challenge? Kiffin said before the fine was announced. He said, Theyve already looked at it. Theres nothing there. Im not allowed to say anything about the conversation but I really wish that our fans and players could hear what I was told.

Auburn went on to win 35-28 on Bo Nix’s 42-yard touchdown pass to Seth Williams with 1:11 left.

Kiffin said he wanted to take a five-minute power yoga class to help him control his words to reporters after the call with McDaid.

I really wish for our players, for our fans, that they could hear what I was just told, he said. I think they deserve to. But I asked. They made sure to tell me theres a policy that I cant tell you, the players or the fans what their, if you want to call it, explanation for that situation and how TV copy and everybody in the country can see it hit him.

Public criticism of officials is absolutely prohibited under SEC bylaws.


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