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Mullen/Kiffin Reprimanded by SEC

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen has
been reprimanded by the Southeastern Conference for criticizing the
replay official who worked the Bulldogs' game against Florida.

Commissioner Mike Slive said on Monday in a statement released
by the league that Mullen violated the SEC code of ethics.

On Sunday, Mullen said the replay official who worked the
Bulldogs' 29-19 loss to Florida should be disciplined for not
overturning an interception return for a touchdown in the fourth
quarter by Gators linebacker Dustin Doe, who might have fumbled
before reaching the goal line.

The replay official listed for the game in Starkville on Saturday night was Dan Dembinski.

Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin has also been reprimanded by the Southeastern Conference for criticizing officials who worked the Volunteers' game against Alabama.

Commissioner Mike Slive said on Monday in a statement released
by the league that Kiffin violated the Southeastern Conference code
of ethics.

Kiffin complained Sunday that officials failed to penalize Alabama's Terrence Cody for unsportsmanlike conduct when the defensive lineman removed and threw his helmet after blocking a field goal on the last play of Alabama's 12-10 victory Saturday.

This is the second time the SEC has reprimanded Kiffin. Slive said further violations of SEC policies by Kiffin will subject the coach to additional penalties, including suspension.


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