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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 31, 2011
Posted on: October 31, 2011 4:43 pm
 

Lane Kiffin still upset with officials

On the holding placement, the ball was spot and Stanford was up to the line so quickly, there wasn't much time to challenge.  Kiffin was given the "talk to the hand" by the side judge when he tried to ask about the spot and then the ball was snapped.  Must say that side judge was pretty bad the whole game (2 missed PI calls, incorrectly confirming the penalty yardage, and not giving Kiffin the timeout).  Can't say much good or bad about the rest of the officials, but that guy shouldn't be on a college field ever again.



Since: Jan 4, 2007
Posted on: October 31, 2011 4:15 pm
 

Lane Kiffin still upset with officials

heck as much B.S. as his guy has spread around I figure Lane got what was come to him, think about it how many lies he has  told ask the people in Tennessee, Lane would climb a tree to tell a lie instead stay on the ground and tell the truth.



Since: Oct 31, 2011
Posted on: October 31, 2011 3:55 pm
 

Lane Kiffin still upset with officials

If he was so bad, then the Vols should be happy that he left!!!?  instead you are all acting like a woman scorned.  Kiffin left the Vols becasue he could get back to SC.  I would too.  Anyone would.  Deal with it and pull up your skorts.



Since: Oct 31, 2011
Posted on: October 31, 2011 3:38 pm
 

Lane Kiffin still upset with officials

Well said.  The best comment so far.  Accurate and without bias.  The worst call of course was missing the pass interfernce call in the end zone.  However, once again an action call that cannot be challenged.  The TO call and the holding call placement can both be challenged.  SC chose not to challenge the holding penalty placement.  The TO could not be challeneged because it was already reviewed and and an error was made by the ref.  this warrants a complaint.  If the ref lied, then he should be made accountable. 



Since: Apr 23, 2007
Posted on: October 31, 2011 3:35 pm
 

Lane Kiffin still upset with officials

How ironic is this? Lane Kiffin is upset because somebody lied to him.



Since: Oct 31, 2011
Posted on: October 31, 2011 3:28 pm
 

Lane Kiffin still upset with officials

The holding call was a weird one.  Yes, it's a spot foul; and the foul happened at the line of scrimmage.  Stanford should have had the ball at the 30-yard line. Yes, cardinal fans, the ref's gave your team 8 yards!  But if I were a Stanford fan, I would be a bit angry too. At my own team for allowing this game to go into overtime at all. Stanford IS the #5 team IN THE NATION!!!! A Trojan team that's down 20 guys and has nothing to play for and they can push Luck and company to 3OT's???? Yeah, I'd be mad, too.    



Since: Oct 31, 2011
Posted on: October 31, 2011 3:20 pm
 

Lane Kiffin still upset with officials

If Lane Kiffin was so insignificant, then why are all you Stanford fans up in arms over him?  I thought you were the "smart" ones. These outbursts really are too emotional.....



Since: Jun 22, 2009
Posted on: October 31, 2011 3:15 pm
 

Lane Kiffin still upset with officials

I am trying to figure out Lesterreynold's post.  If you are one of those people who uses this forum to advertise bogus claims via the internet, go away.  On the other hand, if your intent was to mock the guy before you who thinks that anyone will seriously take the time to read his self serving blog, then BULLY FOR YOU!  That is actually quite funny.



Since: Oct 31, 2011
Posted on: October 31, 2011 3:15 pm
 

Lane Kiffin still upset with officials

That's odd; I thought the 3 OT was more of a defining moment for USC, who, after all, only has 75 guys on their roster, and those guys weren't necessarily their "superstars" since most of them jumped ship at the beginning of their probation before last season started. Lane Kiffin gets paid to fight for every chance he can get to win........That's whiny?? For the defense comment, although half sarcastic, is off-base since USC did push the game into 3OT......More of a challenge for Stanford than anyone thus far. Stanford should have really beat USC big time this year. After the big wins they've had over the last 3 years, I, a huge SC fan expected Stanford to rule the field on Saturday.  I really want to like Stanford. They're well-educated and have tenacity. But why the fans ALWAYS dig personally at the school and it's coaches is beyond me. I guess that's why I'll always be a HUGE Trojan fan.



Since: Nov 7, 2010
Posted on: October 31, 2011 3:15 pm
 

Lane Kiffin still upset with officials

Lane, Lane, Lane, you really need to look at how dirty your hands truly are before calling out others. You know your dirty, so is the joke that is USC Football, tell me and the rest of the country that your "Recruiting" is clean. The NCAA should have SMU'd your program, however we all know thats bad for business. You bolted from the Raiders, then left Tennesse high and dry, you are not a real man, and you never will become that. Were done here, you are dismissed.


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