Mississippi coach: Texas Tech player spit on, possibly used racial slur vs. one of ours in Texas Bowl

Houston — Mississippi coach Lane Kiffin mentioned a Texas Tech player spit on one of his gamers and possibly used a racial slur Wednesday night time in the Texas Bowl.

A scrum broke out after Ole Miss’ Dayton Wade fumbled early in the fourth quarter and Texas Tech recovered. There was pushing and shoving between gamers and Ole Miss player Jordan Watkins was given a personal foul penalty.

After the sport, which Ole Miss lost 42-25, Kiffin mentioned that the penalty ought to have truly been on Texas Tech’s Dimitri Moore, who’s No. 11 for the Red Raiders, as a substitute of Watkins, who wears No. 11 for Ole Miss.

“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 mentioned.

“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 requested to make clear if a Texas Tech player used a racial slur towards one of his gamers, Kiffin mentioned he wasn’t certain.

Mississippi Rebels head coach Lane Kiffin and Texas Tech Red Raiders head coach Joey McGuire chat close to midfield following the Texas Bowl between the Red Raiders and Ole Miss Rebels at NRG Stadium on Dec. 28, 2022 in Houston.

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“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 mentioned. “I was told that that was said in that (incident) but I did not hear that. So that would obviously be a giant issue.”

Moore and Williams are each Black.

Kiffin mentioned he received so upset in the course of the recreation as a result of he did not consider it was honest that his player received a penalty that he thinks clearly ought to have been on another person.

“I’m going to defend our players when a kid spits on them and is accused to a national audience that it’s him,” Kiffin mentioned. “So, Jordan has to deal with this.”

Texas Tech coach Joey McGuire wasn’t requested in regards to the incident, however Kiffin mentioned he spoke with him in regards to the spitting after the sport.

“If you actually watch over there one of them’s kind of laughing because he got off,” Kiffin mentioned. “He’s screaming at the player, they’re losing their mind on him. … I talked to their head coach afterwards, he was like: ‘Crazy officiating out there.’ I go: ‘Yeah that was really bad on that one that your guy spit and our guy got the penalty.’ He was like: ‘Yeah I know.'”

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