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Kiffin: You guys got the same memo I got

Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

The rest of the SEC is going to want a front-row seat to watch this whole Lane Kiffin-Urban Meyer deal play out.

One thing's for sure: Kiffin seems to revel in gigging Meyer any way he can.

After Tennessee's practice Wednesday night, Kiffin was asked about Meyer's comments on the SEC coaches teleconference earlier in the day when Meyer said officials missed a late hit on Tim Tebow.

"Urban Meyer ... criticized the officials?" Kiffin said. "That will be interesting to see."

Translation: Kiffin isn't holding his breath that SEC commissioner Mike Slive will follow through and suspend Meyer.

Pressed further on whether it was his understanding that coaches would be subject to a fine or suspension from here on out if they offered any public criticism of officials, Kiffin again couldn't resist.

"You guys got the same memo that I got," he said.

The memo announcing the SEC's new stricter policy on public criticism of officials was also sent out to the media last week. Kiffin has already been reprimanded twice since taking the Tennessee job, one of those times for wrongly accusing Meyer of cheating back in February and most recently for criticizing the officials following the Vols' 12-10 loss to Alabama.

Kiffin said he'd also seen the replay of Florida linebacker Brandon Spikes attempting to gouge the eyes of Georgia running back Washaun Ealey in a pile.

"Yeah, I saw the rerun. It was pretty bad," Kiffin said. "But we're worried about our team and what we can control. We've got a lot of work to do."

And then this subtle zinger:

"Obviously, [Meyer] will discipline his team, or not, however he feels."

Spikes initially received a half-game suspension from Meyer after the incident was caught on video. But Spikes went to Meyer and suggested that he should have to sit out a full game. So he will now miss the entire Vanderbilt game this Saturday.