Lane Kiffin: Should He Really Be Whining After Stanford Loss?

Jayson LoveCorrespondent IOctober 30, 2011

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 29:  Head caoch Lane Kiffin of the USC Trojans complains to an official in the game with the Stanford Cardinal at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on October 29, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. Stanford won 56-48 in three overtimes.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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USC's Lane Kiffin let his frustration get the best of him when he met the media after his team lost a 56-48 triple-overtime heart-breaker to No. 3 Stanford late last night.

Pedro Moura, who covers USC for ESPN Los Angeles, posted on his Twitter page that Kiffin remarked that he was "Extremely disappointed" in Pac-12 officials on Saturday night.

His chief complaint was the way the final seconds of regulation played out at the Los Angeles Coliseum on Saturday night.

He said that he had told officials that if there were any time remaining, he wanted a time out after his team's final pass attempt to try to set up a potential game-winning field-goal attempt. 

However, the officials ruled that Robert Woods, who had taken a Matt Barkley screen pass down to the 33-yard line of Stanford, was down as the clock zeroed out.

Kiffin claimed that he told officials that he wanted a time out as soon as the play was over, and that the officials told him that Woods was ruled out of bounds.

The officials after the game stated that the play had nothing to do with "in bounds or out of bounds," it was that Woods' knee had hit the ground as the clock hit zero, and that the game was going to OT.

The officiating has been suspect in both college football and the NFL level this season, and really, for the past several years.

It appears much worse than it probably is because it is the era of HD-tv, Tivo/DVR rewinding and instant replay as an official part of the game in terms of rulings.

In short, every play can be instantly critiqued.

Kiffin, however, seems to have reason to complain this week.

Though it never looks good for a coach to complain about officials, things don't seem to add up here.

If Kiffin did have that conversation with the referees, and was told that the player had gone out of bounds and the clock had zeroed out, then the officials changing their story to the press would be reason enough for ire.

However, if Kiffin is making all of this up, his complaint is little more than a frustrated coach blaming everyone but himself for his team's loss.

To that point, in Kiffin's next breath, he said that he was screaming at Woods to "Go down" as he saw the clock nearing zero.