SEC fines Lane Kiffin $25K, admits it should have reviewed kickoff that should have led to Ole Miss TD
The SEC admits its officials were upset during a key game in Auburn's win over Ole Miss. And the conference is punishing Lane Kiffin for criticizing them.
The conference announced Monday that Kiffin had been fined $ 25,000 for his retweet Saturday afternoon following Auburn's 25:28 victory. It also said officials should have checked a nudge that appeared to be touching Auburn RB Shaun Shivers' finger 5:43.
"When the game is replayed, every game will be reviewed, but if necessary the game will be paused for further review," a SEC statement said.
"As the game was not stopped appropriately for further review, the rerun officer did not display the required slow-motion view of the game to determine if the decision should have been reversed on the field."
"The SEC bureau conducted a review of the game and appropriately reported its above results to Ole Miss' s head football coach Lane Kiffin and other athletics department staff, in accordance with the minutes of the conference. However, Mr Kiffin's use of social media on the Saturday after the game to publicly criticize the office is in violation of the conference's statutes and the commissioner's regulations governing sportiness and communication with the conference office on official matters. "
Mississippi head coach Lane Kiffin owes the SEC $ 25,000. (AP Photo / Thomas Graning)
Kickoff was considered a touchback
Ole Miss was leading 28-27 when it went to Auburn in less than six minutes. The bounce bounced past Shivers and into the end zone, where it was salvaged by Ole Miss players who thought Shivers had hit the ball and scored a TD.
Officials on the field ruled Shivers did not touch the ball and the kick-off resulted in a touchback instead of a touchdown. The game wasn't reviewed until Auburn's offense took the field and a game was on.
Ole Miss was upset about the lack of a rating and Kiffin tweeted a post-game takeover criticism. Auburn scored more than a minute to win the game.
Kiffin said during his media availability on Monday that he had spoken to SEC officials and that he wished he could disclose what the conference told him.
Kiffin joked after this clip was released Monday afternoon that he was simply trying to save himself a fine. But that fine was already in the works.
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Nick Bromberg is a writer for Yahoo Sports.
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