Ian Fitzsimmons may have some explaining to do when he gets home.
The ESPN announcer made an interesting comparison to a furious Lane Kiffin at the Texas Bowl on Wednesday night.
“My wife has yelled at me sometimes and it feels like that time,” Fitzsimmons said. “That umpire is me and Lane Kiffin is my wife. I mean, it’s getting nasty right now on the Ole Miss sideline. I don’t know why Lane Kiffin is upset, but he’s more into anger than a deranged hornet.
Kiffin would reveal exactly why he was upset after the 42-25 loss to Texas Tech. Kiffin accused a Red Raiders player of spitting at one of his players and possibly using a racial slur in the scrum that broke out early in the fourth quarter.
The incident came after Ole Miss’ Dayton Wade fumbled early in the fourth quarter and Texas Tech recovered. There was a scuffle between the players and Ole Miss player Jordan Watkins was given a personal foul.
Kiffin said the penalty should have gone to Texas Tech’s Dimitri Moore, who is No. 11 for the Red Raiders, instead of Watkins, who wears No. 11 for Ole Miss.
“They’re announcing our 11, which is Jordan Watkins, who wasn’t in the fight, it was their 11 that was fighting 71 (Ole Miss lineman Jayden Williams) and everyone knew that because their own coaches were screaming after the guy,” Kiffin said. .
“There was a racial slur involved, that’s not the point of what we’re talking about, (it’s) about the spitting part. I brought our own 71 to the officials, right or wrong, see him cry? He’s not crying because he got spat on, it’s because something was said.
When asked if a Texas Tech player had used a racial slur towards one of their players, Kiffin said he wasn’t sure.
“I’m not going, because I haven’t heard him, (I’m not going to) say it happened for sure that he insulted our player,” Kiffin said. “I was told that was said in this (incident) but I didn’t hear that. So obviously that would be a giant issue.
Moore and Williams are both black.
Kiffin said he got so upset during the game because he didn’t think it was fair for his player to receive a penalty which he said clearly should have been given to someone else.
“I will stand up for our players when a kid spits on them and is accused in front of a national audience that it’s them,” Kiffin said. “So Jordan has to deal with that.”
Texas Tech coach Joey McGuire was not asked about the incident, but Kiffin said he told him about the spitting after the game.
“If you actually look over there, one of them is laughing because he came down,” Kiffin said. “He’s screaming at the player, they’re losing their minds over him… I spoke to their head coach afterwards, he was like, ‘Crazy officiating over there.’ I say, ‘Yeah, that was really bad on that one your guy spat and our guy got the penalty.’ He was like, ‘Yeah I know.’ “