Lane Kiffin Fined $10,000 For Lamenting Pac-12 Refs

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 29: Head caoch Lane Kiffin of the USC Trojans complains to an official in the game with the Stanford Cardinal at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on October 29, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. Stanford won 56-48 in three overtimes. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

The Pac-12 hit USC coach Lane Kiffin with a $10,000 fine for comments he made about a mysterious, vanishing time out.

USC Trojans head coach Lane Kiffin was fined $10,000 by the Pac-12 for comments he made after his team lost in triple-overtime to the Stanford CardinalKiffin claimed he was told his team would have a chance to call a last-second time out and thus try for a game-winning, 50-yard field goal, but the opportunity never arose.

From the Orange Country Register:

Kiffin said Sunday that he already had contacted Pac-12 Conference officials, including a phone call from the locker room to a person he declined to identify "to express what happened and how I was basically lied to."    

He's not the first, and he won't be the last, to complain about the quality of Pac-12 officiating. And even though there's no joy quite like seeing Kiffin in a tizzy, it's just plain inconsiderate to deny a long field goal of a man who really, really likes long field goals:

For more on the parties involved, visit USC blog Conquest ChroniclesStanford blog Rule Of Tree and Pac-12 blog Pacific Takes.

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