USC coach Lane Kiffin has been reprimanded and fined $10,000 by the Pac-12, conference commissioner Larry Scott announced Monday.
Following Saturday’s triple-overtime loss to Stanford, Kiffin said he was “extremely disappointed” with the officials, claiming a referee told him USC would be granted a timeout with one second remaining in regulation after a replay showed sophomore wide receiver Robert Woods’ knee was down in bounds.
“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,” Scott said in a statement. “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.”
In addition, junior safety T.J. McDonald was suspended for the first half of USC’s game at Colorado on Friday for a 15-yard targeting penalty he received on Stanford’s final drive in regulation.