Here is Lane Kiffin’s statement on being fined $10,000 and reprimanded for his critical comments Saturday after the Stanford game.
And also included is T.J. McDonald’s comments after being suspended for a half-game by the Pac-12 for his personal foul penalty.
“We respectfully disagree with the suspension imposed on T.J. McDonald. He made a bang-bang play and his intent was not to hurt the receiver or launch his body at the receiver or lead with his helmet. If you watch the hit in real time, we feel it is impossible to competitively play that play any differently.
“T.J. is a tremendous player and leader for our team, and he has our full support. I know he felt badly about being penalized and the impact it had in the game.
“As for my reprimand and fine, after numerous conversations with the conference office, we have agreed to disagree. As I have been saying the past two days, we have moved on from last week’s game and we are preparing for a very challenging conference game this Friday at Colorado.”
“I accept my penalty and I apologize to my teammates, to our Trojan fans and to the Stanford team. I’m disappointed that I can’t be on the field with my teammates during the first half of this Friday’s game, but I know they will do a great job without me.
“I was not purposefully trying to hurt the receiver. As I said after the game, I will figure out a way to play physically and still stay within the rules.”