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Antonya English

Lane Kiffin, Dan Mullen reprimanded by SEC

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Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin and Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen were both reprimanded by the league office on Monday for criticizing the officiating in their games against Alabama and Florida respectively.

SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said both coaches violated the Southeastern Conference Code of Ethics. 

"SEC Bylaw 10.5.4 clearly states that coaches, players and support personnel shall refrain from all public criticism of officials,'' Slive said.

Mullen called for disciplinary action against the SEC replay official who worked the Bulldogs' 29-19 loss to Florida after a Gators touchdown in which Dustin Doe appeared to have been stripped of the ball before he crossed the goal line was not overturned. More on the story here.

Kiffin criticized officials for not calling a penalty on Alabama's Terrence Cody after the Vols' 12-10 loss to Alabama on Saturday.

Cody blocked a game-winning field-goal attempt by Daniel Lincoln on the game's final play, then ripped off his helmet in celebration. Kiffin felt the play was still live. A player can be penalized for removing his helmet during a play,

"I'm sure we'll get one of those letters that mean nothing, that (Arkansas coach) Bobby (Petrino) got last week, but Florida and Alabama live on,'' Kiffin told the Associated Press.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 1:24pm]

    

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