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Joey McGuire Calls Lane Kiffin’s Spit, Racism Accusations ‘False and Irresponsible’

NCAA Football: Big 12 Media Days

After Texas Tech’s 42-25 victory over Ole Miss in the TaxAct Texas Bowl on Wednesday night, the tone of the environment changed a bit when the Rebels’ head coach, Lane Kiffin, had his postgame press conference.

During that presser, Kiffin accused Texas Tech senior linebacker Dimitri Moore, who was playing in his final game, of spitting and potentially using a racial slur in the direction of an Ole Miss player during the contest.

 

“I can’t state strongly enough that these accusations are false,” Moore said in a statement released by Texas Tech. “It is disappointing to have my final game as a collegiate student-athlete overshadowed by the false accusations that were stated last night.

“Since I have arrived at Texas Tech, I have strived to represent my teammates, this coaching staff and most importantly, my family, in the highest manner. It has been an honor to represent this program as we closed our season with a great team victory last night.”

The incident allegedly occurred during a scrum that developed following a fumble from Ole Miss’ Dayton Wade fumbled in the fourth quarter and Texas Tech came up with the football. There was pushing and shoving between players from both teams, and Ole Miss wide receiver Jordan Watkins was given a personal foul.

 

During Lane Kiffin’s press conference, he pointed out that No. 11 for Texas Tech (Dimitri Moore) should’ve gotten the penalty, not Ole Miss’ No. 11 (Jordan Watkins).

“They announce 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 everybody knew because their own coaches were yelling at 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 up to the officials, right or wrong, you see him crying? He’s not crying, not because he got spit on, it’s because something was said.”

When he was asked to clarify the alleged slur, Kiffin said he wasn’t entirely sure what happened.

“I’m not going to, because I did not hear it, [I’m not going to] say that that happened for sure that he gave a racial slur to our player,” Kiffin said. “I was told that that was said in that [incident], but I did not hear that. So that would obviously be a giant issue.”

 

Texas Tech head coach Joey McGuire also released a statement on the claims, expressing his displeasure that Kiffin’s postgame antics.

“We are disappointed an opposing head coach decided to insinuate serious allegations that are false and irresponsible,” McGuire said in a statement. “I have discussed these allegations with Dimitri Moore, and he disputed the two claims that were brought forth against him.

“I am proud of our team and our performance last night in what was a memorable win to close our season in front of a sea of Red Raiders.”

The win, Texas Tech’s fourth in a row, moved the Red Raiders to 8-5 on the year and gives the program all kinds of momentum heading into 2023.

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