Dec 18, 2013; Dallas, TX, USA; Southern Methodist Mustangs guard Nic Moore (11) guards against Texas-Pan American Broncs guard Shaquille Boga (5) during the first half of a mens NCAA basketball game at the Curtis Culwell Center. Mandatory Credit: Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports

WAC coach Hipsher suspended for violating sportsmanship policy

Western Athletic Conference Commissioner Jeff Hurd today announced that University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA) head men’s basketball coach Dan Hipsher has been suspended for the school’s next regular season game.

The suspension is a result of violations of the Conference’s Sportsmanship Policy incurred by Hipsher in UTPA’s game against Utah Valley University on Jan. 30.

The Broncs fell to the Wolverines 67-53 on Thursday at the UTPA Fieldhouse.

In his statement, Hurd did not mention what Hipsher specifically did to violate the sportsmanship policy.

“Conference sportsmanship policies are clearly defined,” said Hurd. “The action taken is intended to send a very clear message that there are definite lines that cannot be crossed, and that violations of the policies are not acceptable under any circumstance.”

The suspension is effective for UTPA’s game against Bakersfield on Feb. 1. The Broncs are 6-16 (2-5 WAC) on the season.

Hipsher was hired by the university on April 4, 2013. He had been the associate head coach at Alabama for the previous four seasons.

“Coach Hipsher’s high standards and core values are exactly what we were looking for in the search for our next head men’s basketball coach,” said UTPA Director of Athletics Chris King at the time of the hiring. “He is a nationally known and well-respected veteran coach who will increase our footprint in the State of Texas and has the experience we were seeking as we transition our men’s basketball program to the Western Athletic Conference next season.”

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