SEC issues statement on controversial Ole Miss-Auburn ending; reveals fine for Lane Kiffin
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know by now that there was a controversial play in the Ole Miss-Auburn game on Saturday that wasn’t reviewed.
An Auburn kick returner had the ball bounce off his fingers, leading to an Ole Miss recovery in the end zone. It wasn’t called that way on the field by officials, and replay officials decided not to stop the play.
On Monday evening, the SEC issued a statement on the play, saying it should have been reviewed. The statement, which you can see below, also reveals that Ole Miss coach Lane Kiffin has been fined $25,000 for his use of social media after the game:
On the kickoff return in the Auburn at Ole Miss football game at 5:43 in the 4th quarter, the SEC has determined the replay official should have stopped the game for further review of the play. In the football officiating replay process every play is reviewed but, when appropriate, the game is stopped for further review.
Because the play was not appropriately stopped for further review, the necessary slow-motion view of the play was not viewed by the replay official to determine if the ruling on the field should have been reversed.
The SEC Office conducted a review of the play and appropriately communicated its findings above to Ole Miss head football coach Lane Kiffin and other athletics department personnel per conference protocol. However, Mr. Kiffin’s use of social media Saturday following the game to publicly criticize officiating is in violation of Conference Bylaws and Commissioner’s Regulations that govern Sportsmanship and communication with the Conference Office on officiating issues.
Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin has been fined $25,000 for his use of social media Saturday after the game made in violation of SEC Bylaw 10.5 related to officiating in the Auburn at Ole Miss football game of October 24.
So, not only did Kiffin’s team lose a great chance to pull off a home victory, now Kiffin’s wallet is significantly lighter.
No wonder Kiffin (and Ole Miss fans) is so mad.