Just hours after Lane Kiffin came out on Monday to deny the Rebels a 35-28 loss to Auburn in the fourth quarter on Saturday, the SEC issued a statement about the game and fined coach Ole Miss.
After Ole Miss’s touchdown put the rebels at 28-27 in just under six minutes, the ensuing game ignited social media.
Auburn returnee Sean Shivers attempted the ball before it rolled into the end zone. Officials called it a touchback and an Auburn ball. The question, however, is whether the ball made contact with Shivers̵
The SEC issued the following statement on Monday:
“When returning to the beginning of Auburn in Ole Miss football match at 5:43 in the 4th quarter, the SEC determined that the official player must stop the game for further review of the game. reviews, but when appropriate, the game is stopped for further review.
“As the play was not properly stopped for further review, the necessary slow view of the play was not considered by the official for repetition to determine whether the decision on the ground should have been overturned.
“The SEC office reviewed the play and appropriately passed on its results above to Ole Miss Lane Kifin, head coach of the football team, and other Athletics staff on conference minutes.”
Kifin was fined $ 25,000 for using him on social media Saturday after the game to publicly criticize the refereeing.
According to the statement, Kifin violated the Decree of SEC 10.5, which states: “Criticism of officials or the official program by institutional staff is absolutely prohibited. Comments on official management should be directed only to the Conference office. All reports or comments relating to official duties or responsibilities for the management of games or concerning student-athletes, coaches or officials shall be directed only to the office of the Conference. Public comments related to official positions by officials, coaches or institutional staff are prohibited. “
Kifin tweeted the following again on Saturday:
Earlier Monday, Kifin met with reporters only to try to refrain from saying anything that could fine him.
“I really want our players, our fans, to be able to hear what I’ve just been told,” Kifin said Monday, according to Clarion-Ledger. “I think they deserve it. But I asked. They didn’t forget to tell me that there is a policy that I can’t tell you, the players or the fans, what is theirs, if you want to call it, an explanation for this situation and how the TV copy and everyone in the country can see it. hit him . “
“I asked the side judge, ‘Why don’t they replay him?’ Do I have to challenge? He said: “They have already examined it. There is nothing there. I have no right to say anything about the conversation, but I really want our fans and players to hear what I was told. “
Kifin took to Twitter after the message and joked that his son’s college fund had already been exhausted.
Mark Heim is a sports reporter for The Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @Mark_Heim.