Ole Miss Head Coach Lane Kiffin fined $25K by SEC


Ole Miss Head Football Coach Lane Kiffin has been fined $25,000 by the SEC for retweeting a post that called SEC game officials a “disgrace.”

On a critical kickoff in the fourth quarter against Auburn on Saturday, the ball slipped past an Auburn player and ended up in the endzone for a touchback.

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Kiffin says he was asking for a review, but was told by a referee that the play was briefly reviewed and the call was upheld.

The problem is on the replay you can see the ball hit the players hand on the way by.

The SEC says the fine is for violating conference bylaw 10.5, concerning treatment of game officials on social media.

However, the league also acknowledged that Kiffin was right about the play and that the replay officials should have stopped the game to further review the call.

So, the officials blew the call and Ole Miss would go on to lose the game 35-28 and Kiffin would go on to lose $25,000 for being right.

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A native of Pass Christian and a St. Stanislaus alum, Jeff Haeger comes to News 25 from right in our backyard. He most recently spent more than three years working as the sports reporter for WHLT-TV in Hattiesburg, where he provided extensive coverage of his alma mater, The University of Southern Mississippi. At Southern Miss, Jeff was a member of the Honors College and graduated with a B.A. degree in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Spanish. He also wrote for USM's award-winning school newspaper, The Student Printz, where he won first place for Best Sports Story in 2013. Jeff loves to travel, and is excited to get back on the water to reunite with his family. In his spare time you can find Jeff spending time with his friends, and maybe even winning a fantasy football league. For sports stories contact Jeff at jhaeger@wxxv25.com.