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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 19, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2011 8:46 am

Lane Kiffin still upset with officials

Lame Kitten dosn't care about the rules. If USC fans don't know it now they will learn, the Lane train only brings pain.

Since: Aug 19, 2009
Posted on: November 1, 2011 8:07 am

Lane Kiffin still upset with officials

PAC 12 ----------> the most CORRUPTED CONF

Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: November 1, 2011 7:13 am

Lane Kiffin still upset with officials

I totally agree. Not only a complainer, but just a big baby. The best part of him at USC is the fact that USC "school of cheats and babies" has a coach to go along with its program. Tennessee lucked out when Kiffin bailed. SEC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2011 6:55 am

Lane Kiffin still upset with officials

THe Officials favored Stanford???  Penalties,  Stanford 11 for 91 yards - $c 3 for 35 yards.  Why those officals also helped Stanford run up 516 yards of offense on the great cover 2 defense and then helped strip the ball from the $c RB in overtime.  CHEAT ON.

Since: Mar 12, 2009
Posted on: November 1, 2011 3:27 am

Lane Kiffin still upset with officials

The timeout after a play can't be requested before a play or during a play. The ref watches the play. After the play he can look at the coach to see if the coach requests a timeout. Oops sorry the play was over with one second left AND the clock was running. By the time the ref even looks at Kiffen the clock had run out. Kiffen should have told his player what to do if he caught the ball. Very simple. Fall down. Too tough for you? Protip for Kiffen: Do your job and let the refs do theirs. And oh by the way, don't expect any more breaks from Pat Haden or the NCAA. One too many tweets to recruits and you'll be out there on the street with 11% of Americans and USC will be the next SMU. If Haden has as much class as I think, he'll distance himself from Kiffen's remarks. Maybe that will get through to Kiffen.

Since: Jun 12, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2011 3:04 am

Lane Kiffin still upset with officials

Peter King of SI said it best: "Lane Kiffin complains way too much." 

Since: Sep 9, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2011 2:23 am

Lane Kiffin still upset with officials

The officials were obiously favoring Stanford (to give the conference BCS $$$) early on. CORRUPTION! How do you fix that. oh, wait I have an idea...PLAYOFFS! EOM

Since: Sep 27, 2010
Posted on: November 1, 2011 12:57 am

Lane Kiffin still upset with officials

Say What? There is no SEC school that can match up to Stanford. None have the running game or the defense that can match up to the huge offensive line of Stanford. None have corners, safties or linebackers that can keep the ball out of the three 6'5" tight ends hands. None has the character evidenced in their triple overtime victory against USC. And most of all, they have no Luck.  Andrew has led the Cardinal to 44 consecutives scores in the red zone. Andrew is flawless. The SEC has no QB that can match him.

Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2011 12:38 am

Lane Kiffin still upset with officials

The PAC10 officials have a long history of cheating. The PAC12 powers wanted Stanford to win to be able to get a chance at two BCS payouts. It is very embarrasing how they run their crews to try to manipulate the outcome of games. The NCAA needs to have their own crews and not leave it up to the Conferences if they want to make College Football legit. 

Since: Nov 7, 2010
Posted on: November 1, 2011 12:16 am

Lane Kiffin still upset with officials

Not a USC fan either but the game should never have gone into overtime, unless USC had missed the field goal try that they were denied by poor officiating.

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