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Lane Kiffin still upset with officials

Posted on: October 31, 2011 11:40 am
Edited on: October 31, 2011 10:46 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

UPDATE: The Pac-12 announced an official reprimand, and $10,000 fine for Lane Kiffin in response to his comments. 

“The Pac-12 has specific rules that prohibit our coaches from making public comments about officiating, and this prohibition specifically includes comments that create doubts about the credibility of the Conference’s officiating program,” stated Scott. “The Conference expects each Pac-12 coach to adhere to our standards of conduct and to conduct himself or herself in a manner which will reflect credit on the institution and the Conference.”

's 56-48 loss in triple-overtime against Stanford on Saturday night might just be the best loss in the school's recent history. The sense I've gotten from USC fans since is that even though the Trojans lost, they're incredibly happy with the way the team played and more optimistic about the program than they have been in years.

Lane Kiffin, on the other hand, isn't nearly as pleased about the game. While I'm sure he's proud of his team for being the first squad to even take a lead against Stanford this season, let alone force overtime, he's still a bit perturbed with the officiating on Saturday night. In fact, on Sunday Kiffin said that he had already contacted Pac-12 Conference officials and called one unidentified person from the locker room after the game and told him that he had been "lied to" by the officials.

According to Kiffin, side judge Brad Glenn told him that USC would be granted a timeout if replays showed that Robert Woods' knee had come down with a second remaining on the clock, giving USC a chance to kick a 50-yard field goal. Instead referee Michael Batian announced that time had expired after looking at replays.

“The ruling on the field was that we were going to overtime,” Batlan said after the game. “Any coach can ask for a timeout, but he doesn’t get one until an official grants or signifies it. I was not a part of any conversation or meeting with regards to a requested timeout.”

Personally, if I were Kiffin and I had a timeout left, I'd be more upset with Woods for not just going down with plenty of time left to call that timeout instead of making a mad dash for the sideline.

Of course, that wasn't Kiffin's only beef with the officiating on Saturday night. He also brought up a call in the second overtime. Facing a second-and-5 there was a holding call against Stanford that took place at the line of scrimmage. Though for some reason the officials marked the 10 yards off from where Tyler Gaffney's 8-yard run ended rather than from where the penalty took place. So instead of having a second-and-15 at the 30-yard line, Stanford had a second-and-7 at the 22.

The Cardinal scored three plays later to tie the game up and force the third, decisive overtime.

That call I didn't understand either.

Since: Sep 25, 2011
Posted on: October 31, 2011 12:12 pm

Lane Kiffin still upset with officials


Since: Dec 15, 2006
Posted on: October 31, 2011 12:12 pm

Lane Kiffin still upset with officials

Lane is a baby but I think he has a legitimate beef on the play at the end of regulation.  It felt like the ref made the safe call, letting the game goto OT.  That all being said, his daddy's defense failed to stop Luck after he threw a pick for a TD, and then failed to stop him in OT.  They had their chances, don't cry about a 50 yard field goal attempt you easily could've had blocked and returned for a TD to lose instead of 3 OT's.

Since: May 12, 2008
Posted on: October 31, 2011 12:11 pm

Lane Kiffin still upset with officials

Hard to find ways to actually LIKE Kiffin.  If he had won at ANY level, then, maybe he may have earned some credibility and a voice.  He is bad and has burned many bridges.  It reads as if he is continuing his path of destruction with gasoline and lighter in hand.


Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: October 31, 2011 12:11 pm

Lane Kiffin still upset with officials

How ironic that Lane is angry about being lied to. What a pathetic, little man he is.

Since: Mar 16, 2008
Posted on: October 31, 2011 12:08 pm

Lane Kiffin still upset with officials

Man it sucks to be lied too....Go Vols

Since: Sep 14, 2009
Posted on: October 31, 2011 12:06 pm

Lane Kiffin still upset with officials

Kiffin's got some nerve complaining about the refs.  How about that blatant holding no-call on USC's last drive in regulation.  Chances are, they don't even get close to field goal range and arguably give the ball up with time left for Stanford to get in FG range for the win if that call is made.  In any event, he wouldn't even be near FG range where the timeouts even become an issue.

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: October 31, 2011 11:53 am

Lane Kiffin still making excuses

Kiffin can whine all he wants about refs and probation, but someday he needs to simply say "we messed up."  His dad taught him better than that.  I feel sorry for Monte every time Lane opens his mouth.  
Lane Kiffin is a massive vinegar and water receptacle. 

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