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Lane Kiffin Accuses Texas Tech Players of Spitting and ‘Possible’ Usage of Racial Slur

NCAA Football: Mississippi at Tennessee

On Wednesday night, Texas Tech took care of business against Ole Miss in the TaxAct Texas Bowl, winning 42-25.

The Red Raiders forced five turnovers and put up nearly 250 yards rushing in the contest and the victory moved the to 8-5 on the year, their best finish since the first year under Kliff Kingsbury in 2013.

It was a big moment for the Texas Tech program and first-year head coach Joey McGuire, but rumors from Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin currently overshadow the massive win.

 

According to Kiffin, there were Texas Tech players spitting on Ole Miss players and there were also, allegedly, racial slurs used by Red Raiders.

After a scrum developed following a fumble from Ole Miss’ Dayton Wade fumbled in the fourth quarter, 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 postgame 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.”

Whether it’s bait-and-switch to deflect the story that Ole Miss got whooped, or a legitimate incident that needs further investigation, Kiffin’s comments have caught fire and become one of the biggest stories coming out of this game.

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