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FAU coach Lane Kiffin fined $5K for tweet criticizing officials

Posted: 7:53 AM, Oct 21, 2019
Updated: 2019-10-21 12:06:28-04
Head coach Lane Kiffin of the Florida Atlantic Owls looks on against the Bethune Cookman Wildcats during the second half at FAU Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Boca Raton, Florida.

(AP) - Florida Atlantic coach Lane Kiffin was fined $5,000 and reprimanded by Conference USA for criticizing the officiating in the Owls' Friday game by positing on Twitter a photo of blind officials, using canes and being led around by seeing eye dogs.

Kiffin tweeted out the photo-shopped image Saturday night and included @ConferenceUSA about 24 hours after FAU lost 36-31 to Marshall at home.

Conference USA on Sunday announced Kiffin had been disciplined.

Commissioner Judy MacLeod said in a statement the conference was obligated to enforce the "rules and standards regarding sportsmanship which have been adopted by our membership."