Mississippi head coach Lane Kiffin has accused a Texas Tech player of spitting on one of his players and possibly using a racial slur during a fourth-quarter scrum at Wednesday night’s TaxAct Texas Bowl game.
Kiffin defended Ole Miss wide receiver Jordan Watkins after the game, claiming he incorrectly received a personal foul early in the fourth quarter during the Rebels’ 42-25 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. red raiders.
The veteran coach said Watkins was not in the fight that followed a fumble by Mississippi’s Dayton Wade and that the penalty should have gone to Texas Tech’s Dimitri Moore, No. 11 for the Red Raiders, instead of Watkins, who use No. 11 for Ole miss.
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“They announce our 11, which is Jordan Watkins, who was not in the fight, it was his 11 who was fighting 71 [Ole Miss lineman Jayden Williams] and everybody knew it because their own coaches were yelling at the guy,” Kiffin said.
“There was a racial slur involved, that’s not the point we’re talking about, [it’s] About the spitting part. I brought our own 71 to the officials, right or wrong, do you see him crying? He’s not crying because he was spit on, it’s because something was said.”
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Moore and Williams are both black.
Kiffin would not say whether the alleged insult was directed at any particular player, adding that he did not specifically hear it.
“They told me that this was said in that [incident] but I didn’t hear that. So obviously it would be a big problem.”
Texas Tech football did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.
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Kiffin said he spoke to Texas Tech coach Joey McGuire after the game about the call.
“I spoke to his head coach afterwards, he said, ‘It’s crazy to referee out there.’ I’m like, ‘Yeah, that was really bad the one where your guy spat and our guy got the penalty.’ He was like, ‘Yeah. , I know'”.
Wednesday night marked the seventh meeting between the two teams and his fourth bowling game. The Rebels still have a 4-3 overall record.
Associated Press contributed to this report.