HOUSTON — A Texas Tech player spat at one of his players and likely used a racial slur Wednesday night at the TaxAct Texas Bowl, Ole Miss coach Lane Kiffin said.
A falling out occurred between the two teams after Ole Miss’ Dayton Wade It fumbled early in the fourth quarter and Texas Tech recovered. There was a push and a push between the players, and an Ole Miss wide receiver Jordan Watkins Personal foul penalty.
After the game, which Ole Miss lost 42-25, Kiffin said the punishment should have been on Texas Tech. Dmitry Moorewho is No. 11 for the Red Raiders, in place of Watkins, who wears No. 11 for Ole Miss.
“They announced we had 11, and it’s Jordan Watkins, who wasn’t in the fight. It was 11 of them who were the fight 71. [Ole Miss lineman Jayden Williams]And everyone knows it because their coaches were yelling at the guy.”
“There was a racial slur involved; that’s not the point of what we’re talking about, [it’s] About the spitting part. I alone brought 71 to the officials, true or false, do you see him crying? He is not crying, not because he spat, because something was said.
Asked to clarify whether a Texas Tech player used a racial slur towards one of his players, Kevin said he wasn’t sure.
“I won’t do it, because I didn’t hear it, [I’m not going to] It definitely happened that he hurled a racial slur at our player,” Kevin says. I was told that this was said at that [incident], but I didn’t hear that. So this is obviously going to be a giant issue.”
Moore and Williams are both black.
Kevin said he felt very upset during the match because he didn’t think it was fair for his player to be awarded a penalty which he clearly thought should have been against someone else.
“I will defend our players when a child spits on them and accuses the national public of being him,” Kevin said. “So Jordan has to deal with this.”
Texas Tech coach Joey McGuire was not asked about the incident, but Kevin said he talked him out of the spitting after the game.
“If you actually watch there, someone kind of laughs because it came down,” Kevin said. “He’s yelling at the lad, they’re losing their minds over him… I spoke to their coach afterward. He was like: ‘He runs it crazy. ‘ I said, ‘Yeah, that was really bad in that one that your guy spit on and the guy got a penalty.'” He was like, ‘Yeah, I know.'”