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SEC takes censorship too farPosted Monday, October 26, 2009, at 3:40 PM
Looks like the SEC's going after Lane Kiffin again.
Kiffin publicly complained after Alabama's Terrance Cody threw his helmet after blocking a field goal try that would have given the Vols a win Saturday night.
Tennessee's first-year football coach is accused of breaking the SEC's code of ethics for pointing out that officials called eight penalties against UT to one for the Crimson Tide.
"I wasn't going to let the refs lose the game for us there and some magical flag appear," Kiffin said in explaining why he had QB Jonathan Crompton spike the ball with 4 seconds left.
The SEC's already had to penalize one officiating crew this season. And they wonder why coaches complain?
I'm seeing too many situations, from the NFL to NBA to college conferences in various sports, where coaches and players are penalized for simply expressing an opinion. Pro players and coaches are often forced to pay large fines -- by entities which aren't courts.
We're talking about adults here. And "authorities" treating adults as unruly children simply for expressing an opinion is going too far.
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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