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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: May 16, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2011 7:21 pm

Lane Kiffin still upset with officials

We'll play the games.

But Bama and LSU will still take out two of the precious pretenders, regardless of their conference.

Since: Feb 10, 2008
Posted on: November 1, 2011 4:20 pm

Lane Kiffin still upset with officials

I don't know Goat, I'm not a fan of either team and I think Kiffin is just a crybaby cause he lost. I watched the game, and I also saw the holding the USC O Line was doing right in front of the refs and not getting called. It seems to me that they were not making the calls to keep USC in the game. I would love to see the replay, and see what Kifin is crying about. Now the hit that everyone is talking about, looked clean to me but it was av bang bang play. It did not look illegal to me, the receiver lowered his head to try and make the catch.

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2011 3:50 pm

Lane Kiffin still upset with officials

Not a Lane Kiffin fan, but good for him for standing up for his team and pointing out that he thought they got screwed instead of just hiding his head in the sand like a little b*tch who's afraid that other people won't like him criticizing refs. It was dumb of Robert Woods not to go down and make it not even close but that doesn't put the refs off the hook, they blew that call on the review. That was the worst blown call I've seen since the Toledo Syracuse game. Add the inexplicable 8 yard gift on that Stanford holding call in 2OT and the conspiracy theorists who think that the refs were trying to keep Stanford in Boise State's way have some ammo to back up that claim, those calls were that bad. That USC was called for less penalties is irrelevant, sometimes a team actually commits more penalties than the other, it's a matter of who the blown calls went against. Hell if I were rigging a game I would call more penalties on the team I was rigging the game for so to make it less obvious and then in crunch time apply the hammer. I'm not saying that's how it was, I'm just saying that's how it looked. This is coming from an observer who is a fan of neither team.

Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2011 3:38 pm

Lane Kiffin still upset with officials

The Pac-12 is an absolute joke, and has lost all credibility.  Kiffin WAS lied too, that is the point many seem to be missing.  He clearly called the time-out with the black official on the sideline, who clearly explained that he would get the time-out, yet he didn't.  It doesn't take Lane Kiffin pointing out the obvious for any aspersions to be cast on Pac-12 "credibility."  The conference's absolute lack of credibility is plainly obvious.  What a joke of a league.

Then they suspend the kid for the best legal hit I have ever seen.  This kid didn't leave his feet, he led with his shoulder pads (text book) and the hit was anything but late.  The receiver was bobbling the ball, and this kid makes an incredibly violent hit sure, but it should have been 100% legal.  Not only is the half game suspension a load of crap, so to was the penalty that essentially saved the game for Stanford.  It is amazing the hoops this "conference" will jump through to protect which team happens to be on top.  I for one am boycotting watching any more Pac-12 games. Absurd.  Now I see why this "conference" fighst tooth and nail against a play-off, they have no idea what football is or should be.  Truly disgusting.

Take heed potential recruits, this is the Pac-12.  If you like football, fairness, and competition go elsewhere to play football, because I''m not sure what game they are playing in the Pac-12.  The Big-12 should saty together and this pansy anti-truth, David Stern wannabe league should dismantle for teh sake of the game of football.  What next, pads and dial-in votes on penalties?  What a joke.

Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2011 3:15 pm

Lane Kiffin still upset with officials

Kiffin has a beef but he needs to keep his mouth shut!  Coaches make millions and have a code of conduct.  Read your rules Kiffen about public coaching comments!  Stanford has a lot a reason to complain also so its best to shut up.

I noticed a USC lineman getting held on the last series before regulation ended without a call.  I do not know how anyone can say the officials wanted Stanford to win when you look at the Penalties-Yds.......Stanford had 11 for 91 yds compaired to USC 3 for 35 yds.   Glad McDonald was suspended.  They missed that call also as he should have not only been flagged but should have also been ejected! 

Since: Feb 10, 2008
Posted on: November 1, 2011 3:02 pm

Lane Kiffin still upset with officials

Hey pmm13, I also watched the game and thought it was one ofbthe better games I have seen in a long time but to say USC was the better team, was wrong in my eyes. Stanford had more passing yards and more rushing yards and the turnovers were pretty even. I think Kiffin has only himself to be upset with, his player should have went down instead of trying to get out of bounds. I also am not a fan of either team or a PAC 12 fan but am a fan O's college football. I am guessing this is how USC got it's nick name.

Since: Feb 16, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2011 1:58 pm

Lane Kiffin still upset with officials

The PAC-10 has long had some of the most uneven officiating of the major conferences, but it is what it is. There are missed calls that go against a team, and missed calls that go for them. For instance, while it would have been nice to not see that crappy UR penalty on Stanford's last drive to tie the game, it would have been even better for USC to have stopped them, and not gone to OT.

I'm not a big believer in conspiracies, or that the game was 'given' to Stanford, but I did see where USC could have won in regulation. 

I'm more disappointed that they didn't close out a huge win than that they lost...

Since: Sep 5, 2010
Posted on: November 1, 2011 1:51 pm

Lane Kiffin still upset with officials

Say what you want about Kiffin - I don't really care for the guy either - but he was screwed in this game.  

(To say otherwise is simply showing your bias based on a previous dislike or reputation.)

Since: Oct 27, 2010
Posted on: November 1, 2011 1:49 pm

Lane Kiffin still upset with officials

Kiffin is mad because he blew his best chance to win the game by not going for two after the first overtime period when Stanford had no way to come back.  Bold, yes, but I thought he would do it.

Since: May 7, 2009
Posted on: November 1, 2011 1:44 pm

Lane Kiffin still upset with officials

The BCS system is the root of the problem.  The Pac 12 refs and everyone else wants Stanford to go undefeated, and the game was refereed that way.  SC was not only the better team but won the game on any reasonable basis.

And I'm a UCLA fans; hate the Trojans.  But you have to look objectively at what is plainly in front of you, not make up stories to try to make yourself feel better.

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