Shortly after blocking a potential game-winning 44-yard field goal by UT's Daniel Lincoln, Tide nose tackle Terrence Cody celebrated by removing and tossing his helmet. The game clock had expired but the ball was still live at that point.
There is a 15-yard penalty when a player removes his helmet on the field, so Kiffin complained that Tennessee should've gotten another shot at the game-winning field goal once a 15-yard penalty was assessed against the Tide.
Kiffin's most pointed comment came when he was asked why he didn't run another play before attempting the field goal:
"You run another play and throw an interception," he said. "Or they throw another flag on us. I wasn't going to let the refs lose the game for us there ... you know, a magical flag appear."
The SEC office responded with today's reprimand.
Here is the reprimand emailed to media members at 2:05 EST today by the SEC office:
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Oct. 26, 2009) – Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive has issued a public reprimand to University of Tennessee head football coach Lane Kiffin for his public comments concerning officiating Sunday.
"Coach Kiffin has violated the Southeastern Conference Code of Ethics," Slive said. "SEC Bylaw 10.5.4 clearly states that coaches, players and support personnel shall refrain from all public criticism of officials."
"This is the second reprimand for Coach Kiffin in this calendar year. Coach Kiffin is on notice that for any further violations of SEC policies will subject him to additional penalties including suspension."
In another football note, Tennessee's Nov. 7 homecoming game against Memphis will be aired by ESPNU with a 7 p.m. kickoff.
This will be Tennessee's first-ever appearance on ESPNU.
Other games featuring SEC teams scheduled for Nov. 7 telecast are: South Carolina at Arkansas on the SEC Network (11:21 a.m. Central), LSU at Alabama on CBS (2:30 p.m. Central), Vanderbilt at Florida on either ESPN or ESPN2 (7:15 p.m. Eastern) and Northern Arizona at Mississippi on Comcast Sports Southeast (6:30 p.m. Central).