Oregon Ducks defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti was fined $5,000 on Tuesday for the comments he made about Washington State’s Mike Leach after the Ducks pummeled the Cougars 62-38 on Saturday. In case you missed it, Aliotti called Leach’s decision to have WSU quarterback Connor Halliday keep throwing the football late into the fourth quarter “low class.”
Although Aliotti apologized later, Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott still saw it fit to reprimand Aliotti and hit him with a fine. Scott, also citing Aliotti’s recent criticisms of Pac-12 refs, released the follow statement today:
The Pac-12 has specific rules that prohibit our coaches from making public comments about officiating, and this prohibition specifically includes comments that create doubts about the credibility of the Conference’s officiating program. His comments also showed a lack of support for the Pac-12‘s policies on Sportsmanship and Standards of Conduct, which call for our coaches to treat opponents with respect (Oregon Live).
Aliotti and the Ducks will host the UCLA Bruins this weekend. As you can see, UCLA doesn’t throw nearly as much as Washington State.
[Source: Oregon Live]