Pac-12 fines Utah athletic director Chris Hill $10,000 for rant against conference official

Utah athletic director Chris Hill has been reprimanded and fined $10,000 by the Pac-12 Conference for “inappropriate language and public comments regarding men’s basketball officiating.”

Hill’s profane rant against a Pac-12 basketball coordinator of officials could be heard during Utah men’s basketball coach Larry Krystkowiak’s postgame press conference following the Utes’ 80-77 loss to Arizona State in the Huntsman Center.

Hill apologized Thursday saying, “I have apologized to the person involved, who is someone I have known for years and greatly respect.”

Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott explained Friday’s reprimand and fine in a news release: “The Pac-12 membership has established conduct rules that prohibit our administrators from derogatory language, as well as publicly commenting about officiating.

“We have an obligation to our members to enforce approved Conference rules. While we appreciate Dr. Hill’s public apology, as a part of our officiating program, there is a protocol in place for our administrators to provide feedback directly to the coordinator of officials in a private and appropriate manner.”

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Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


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