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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: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2011 1:44 pm

Lane Kiffin still upset with officials

Lane Kiffin should have never put himself or his team in that situation of asking a side line judge to immediately call timeout after the reciever goes down on a knee. This isn't the NFL with all its safistication. The fact he then says he was lied to by a game official after the game assures an immediate SOS to the conference commissioner's office and an assured fine. Why is Kiffin chancing a possible backfire reactio
n of his team when it is finally starting to jell in execution and play good ball? This is one more time Kiffin is definitely in the wrong... Seems the youth of this team is being matched with the maturity of its headcoach. 

Since: Nov 3, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2011 1:43 pm

Lane Kiffin still upset with officials

I have to wonder why the USC players were not told to go down asap. The guy burned nine seconds running across the field. He should have gone down immediatley with Barkley calling a t.o. Either way glad to see Stanford win.

Since: May 9, 2009
Posted on: November 1, 2011 1:10 pm

Lane Kiffin still upset with officials

I watched the game too and whether you agree with Lane Kiffin's complaint about officiating or not it is more about the way he voiced his complaint as some poster clearly pointed out. Cant do anything about it now but he would have been better served had he simply complained to the P12. Also there were several calls that were marginal that went against Stanford; maybe not as pivotal as the non-time out and the placement of ball after the penalty but calls that may have impacted the game...we will never know. To suggest that the officials "fixed" the game for Stanford is just plain stupid. Maybe USC should not have let Stanford drive the length of the field and all of this would have been a moot point. I would be willing to bet all of us have had complaints about officiating at one time or another when our fav teams were playing. Some have certainly decided the game which is unfortunate but it happens. We have also had calls go our way so maybe eventually it evens out. What I learned from the game, aside from all of this, is Andrew Luck is a heck of an athlete and USC is better than I thought...probably better than most oddsmakers thought. Too bad it is for naught given they are on probation.

Since: Apr 12, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2011 1:03 pm

Lane Kiffin still upset with officials

This is pure unobjective, selective whining.  i had no horse in this race and can very objectively point out that the officials were siding with USC the ENTIRE game.  If they had been calling a good, straight game then Stanford would have probably won in regulation.  USC had MULTIPLE holding (more like tackling in some cases) calls that went without being flagged among other transgressions.  So, while the 8-yd error in the 2OT was egregious it did not even come close to evening out the calls.  

And as for the last second call, USC had a blatant hold on the play before that would have not only kept them from even getting anywhere near field goal range but pushed them back another 10-yards (20+-yds including the ten+ they advanced on the play).  And Kiffin is just belly-aching to draw attention AWAY from the fact that one of his KEY players was OBVIOUSLY not very well coached on what to do in that situation as he/they (should have just dropped down in the middle of the field instead of trying to get out of bounds).  

No sympathy here or anywhere that is objective.  USC lost. Period. 

Since: Apr 12, 2011
Posted on: November 1, 2011 12:20 pm

Lane Kiffin still upset with officials

If a timeout was requested then it should have been granted, but more importantly Woods should have been told to go down in the middle of the field and call a TO with 3sec and there would have been no dispute. The worse error tho was in OT and after the holding call against Stan was the fact that they didnt walk the ball back 10yds to make it 2-15..even Musberger on TV didnt understand it along with 2 other horrible calls they didnt agree with on air.

I was at the game and found that it was clear P12 officials did NOT want the Trojans to upset Cards bid for the $18mill BCS title game.

Seriously need to get rid of the BCS and get to a playoff system soon 

Since: Dec 7, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2011 12:01 pm

Lane Kiffin still upset with officials

Rio Mouse,  Spot on.  That play should never have happened.   How ironic,  a lier saying he was lied too. 

Since: Jun 26, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2011 11:06 am

Lane Kiffin still upset with officials

Lane, quit whining! I HATE Standford, but on the play just prior to the one youe crying about the USC OL who "blocked" Stanford's DE held the guy so blatantly he spun him around, and no holding was called. Even Herbstreit and Musberger made comments wondering how the R missed that call when it was right in front of him. If you want to whine about officials' calls, whine about that one, too.

The play you're beefing about never should've been spotted where it was and this boo hoo hoo session should be moot. 

Oh, and teach your RB'S to not fumble into the end zone with a clear path to a game tying touchdown, it's bad for the W-L columns. 


Since: Mar 6, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2011 9:41 am

Lane Kiffin still upset with officials

I tend to disagree, I think he should have been granted the time out since he knee went down with 1 second, the official clearly knew what he wanted.  It is the same thing when a QB spikes the ball and the clock runs out, and they overturn the call because the ball hit the ground with a second left.  The clock should not stop until the official give the signal for the clock to stop, not when the ball hits the ground.  So one way or another something has to give. 

Since: Apr 17, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2011 9:41 am


A college football conference's officials helping ensure that a potential national championship game participant wins?!?  NO WAY!  That would never have happened for Alabama throughout 2010 (check out the number of holds Alabama was called for in 2010, when Ingram won a Heisman).  Or for Auburn in 2011.  Or Florida the year before Alabama.

Without question, the 1 second remained.  I HATE USC and wouldn't mind seeing Stanford move forward (they'll get killed by Alabama or LSU anyway), but this is plain and simple chicanery.

College football is just above Nascar, which is just above the UFC, which is just above the WWF in terms of credibility.

Since: Oct 27, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2011 9:31 am

Lane Kiffin still upset with officials

Lane Kiffin not following the rules?  You have got to be kidding me.  Smile

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