Texas Tech Football Coach Joey McGuire has denied an allegation by Mississippi’s Lane Kiffin that linebacker Dimitri Moore spat on one of his players and may have used a racial slur during Wednesday night’s Texas Bowl game.
McGuire issued a statement Thursday calling the allegations “false and irresponsible.”
“We are disappointed that an opposing head coach has chosen to make serious allegations that are false and irresponsible,” McGuire’s statement read. “I have discussed these allegations with dimitri moore and disputed the two claims that were brought against him”.
MISSISSIPPI’S LANE KIFFIN ACCUSES TEXAS TECH PLAYER OF SPITTING, ALLEGING TO USE RACIAL LANGUAGE DURING BOWL GAME
He continued: “I’m proud of our team and our performance last night in what was a memorable victory to close out our season against a sea of Red Raiders.”
Kiffin said during a press conference after the game that Jordan Watkins, wide receiver for Ole Miss he incorrectly received a personal foul and filed two allegations that a Texas Tech player had spit and used a racial slur, adding that he did not hear the comment, but someone told him.
“They announce our 11, which is Jordan Watkins, who was not in the fight, it was his 11 who was fighting 71 [Ole Miss lineman Jayden Williams] and everybody knew it because their own coaches were yelling at the guy,” Kiffin said.
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“There was a racial slur involved, that’s not the point we’re talking about, [it’s] About the spitting part. I brought our own 71 to the officials, right or wrong, do you see him crying? He’s not crying because he was spit on, it’s because something was said.”
Moore also issued a statement on Thursday, further denying the allegations.
“I cannot state strongly enough that these allegations are false. It is disappointing that my last game as a college student athlete was overshadowed by the false allegations that were made last night,” his statement read.
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“Since coming to Texas Tech, I have strived to represent my teammates, this coaching staff, and most importantly, my family, to the best of my ability. It has been an honor to represent this program as we close our season with a great team”. victory last night.”
Wednesday night marked the seventh meeting between the two teams and his fourth bowling game. The Rebels still have a 4-3 overall record.