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Pac-12 reprimands and fines Oregon DC Nick Aliotti
The Pac-12 has reprimanded Oregon defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti and fined him $5,000 for comments he made leading up to and after the Ducks’ 62-38 win over Washington State on Saturday.
“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,” Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott said in a statement.
“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.”
According to the Pac-12′s release on the reprimand and fine:
Aliotti made derogatory public comments about the Pac-12 officiating program leading up to Oregon’s game against Washington State and continued that line of dialogue following the game. Additionally, Aliotti spoke negatively about Washington State’s coaching staff and the way in which Washington State finished the game. Since his initial comments, Aliotti has publicly apologized for his comments about Washington State.
Trailing 62-24 late in the fourth quarter, Washington State threw two touchdown passes in the final four minutes against Oregon backups.
Aliotti said following the game that he thought WSU’s decision to leave its starters in late was “Bull—-” and “low class.”
He has since apologized to Leach and Washington State for those comments.
“The bottom line is, I’m sorry,” Aliotti said in a statement released by Oregon. “I’m embarrassed that I got caught up in the moment after the game. There’s no excuse, but sometimes right after the game the adrenaline is still flowing and I made a huge, human error in judgment. I wish I could take it back, and I promise it won’t happen again.
“I’d like to apologize to Mike Leach and Bill Moos (Washington State athletics director), Washington State and its fans, and Oregon and our fans.”
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