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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.”




USC
'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.
Comments

Since: Oct 20, 2011
Posted on: November 1, 2011 12:11 am
 

Lane Kiffin still upset with officials

Why don't we just cancel the rest of the season, let Bama and LSU play and everybody go home and the SEC can claim another championship, after all you guys claim no one can beat either of them, so why play the games, bunch of morons...



Since: Mar 17, 2008
Posted on: October 31, 2011 11:31 pm
 

Lane Kiffin still upset with officials

Kiffin is a punk.  I'm not a Vol fan, but this guy is bad news.  No class whatsover.  He has no credibility in my humble opinion.



Since: Mar 1, 2009
Posted on: October 31, 2011 10:59 pm
 

Lane Kiffin still upset with officials

Also agree with Kiffin here.  The call really wasn't close in the replay.  If Michigan St beats Nebraska on last second "Hail Mary" play, then USC gets a chance to kick the field goal.  I think it would be a great gesture for the ref to offer to pay the fine... 



Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: October 31, 2011 10:33 pm
 

Lane Kiffin still upset with officials

Officiating in the Pac 12 has been awful in general this year...  In the Washington-Arizona game there were numerous confused, perplexing, and just plain absurd calls by the refs...  Even some in OUR FAVOR left me shaking my head like "really?"

Worst of all, they were completely disruptive to both teams during the game...  Their officiating actually became more important to the outcome than the plays being made on the field-- which should never happen.

Didn't see the USC-Stanford game, unfortunately, but I can definitely empathize with Kiffin.  I've never understood why referees are considered to be "better" at their jobs if they've been doing it for 30+ years, and are reaching the age of retirement.  I definitely believe being winded, having increasingly poor vision, and slower reflexes, makes for poorer referees, not BETTER?  You'd think younger, more athletic refs, with more turnover, would be a wiser choice.

C'est la vie.




Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: October 31, 2011 10:32 pm
 

Lane Kiffin still upset with officials

Hey Lane...Its called Karma. And you never lied --say 2 or 3 years ago in Knoxville?..You reap what you sew>



Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: October 31, 2011 10:25 pm
 

Lane Kiffin still upset with officials

It also show there intelligence level or lack of one.



Don't complain about the level of intelligence of others when you can't even spell their correctly.



Since: Apr 19, 2009
Posted on: October 31, 2011 9:08 pm
 

Lane Kiffin still upset with officials

I love it when I see posts with WAH or something similiar when a team or coach is complaining. Truth is, if that had been there team they's be doing the same complaining. It also show there intelligence level or lack of one.



Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: October 31, 2011 8:47 pm
 

Lane Kiffin still upset with officials

I am not a fan of Kiffin either, but he right on this one.  ABC should a split screen with Kiffing calling TO and the side judge starting to put his arms up to signify a TO was called  and the other showed clearly one second was left.



Since: Sep 8, 2008
Posted on: October 31, 2011 8:21 pm
 

Lane Kiffin still upset with officials

Wahhhhhhhhhhh



Since: Apr 17, 2008
Posted on: October 31, 2011 8:14 pm
 

Lane Kiffin still upset with officials

Lane Kiffin = Mayor of Toolville.


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