14 Aug

Giacoletti reprimanded for tirade about officials

first_imgNot surprisingly, the Mountain West Conference issued a reprimand to Utah basketball coach Ray Giacoletti on Monday for his comments regarding the officiating at Saturday’s Utah-Rhode Island game.After the game at a press conference in front of about 12 media members, Giacoletti called the three officials out by name and said they were “gutless,” for not calling a foul on the Rams against Luke Nevill in the final seconds of an 85-84 overtime defeat.”In 21 years of coaching that was the most gutless three officials … If somebody can raise their hand in here and tell me he didn’t get fouled, I’d call you a liar … We’ve all been in tough situations, but this is as blatant a deal as I’ve ever seen … That was unbelievable … Gutless, just gutless,” were some of Giacoletti’s comments.The official reprimand from the MWC was made while Giacoletti was conducting afternoon practice so he hadn’t been informed of the reprimand when contacted by the Deseret Morning News later in the afternoon. Giacoletti said he had not changed opinion of what he saw at the end of Saturday’s game after watching replays but had no problem with the league reprimand.”That’s fine with me,” he said. “I understand what the league needs to do.”University of Utah athletic director Chris Hill had called the league about the situation Sunday and met with Giacoletti on Monday morning.”I understand all sides of the situation,” Hill said. “I understand the rules of the league and am sympathetic to our coach.”The MWC issued a two paragraph statement, which said Giacoletti’s comments “were in violation of the MWC Sportsmanship Policy, which precludes public criticism of game officials.”While a reprimand doesn’t mean much more than stern words, if Giacoletti gets in trouble again, he could be suspended.According to Sportsmanship Rule in the MWC Handbook, a subsequent offense after a public reprimand will result in “suspension for at least two contests.”Hill said the university wouldn’t take any separate action and is confident Giacoletti won’t get in trouble again. “I don’t think we’ll have to worry about this happening again,” Hill said.Giacoletti isn’t the first Utah coach to receive a reprimand from the MWC. Last season football coach Kyle Whittingham received a reprimand for comments about officiating in Utah’s loss to North Carolina. Also last March, BYU women’s basketball coach Jeff Judkins was reprimanded for his comments after a loss to Utah in the MWC finals. E-mail: [email protected]last_img

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