Utah AD Hill fined $10,000 by Pac-12 for postgame tirade

1/12/2018 5:42:50 PM

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Utah athletic director Chris Hill has been fined $10,000 and reprimanded by the Pac-12 for inappropriate language and public comments regarding men"s basketball officiating after Sunday"s loss to No. 11 Arizona State.

Coach Larry Krystkowiak had to stop mid-sentence during his postgame news conference as a man could be heard shouting and swearing from another room.

The man turned out to be Hill and he was yelling at Pac-12 coordinator of men"s basketball officiating Bobby Dibler. Hill apologized in a statement on Thursday.

""The Pac-12 membership has established conduct rules that prohibit our administrators from derogatory language, as well as publicly commenting about officiating,"" commissioner Larry Scott said in a statement Friday. ""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.""

The Sun Devils won the game 80-77 thanks to two go-ahead free throws with 21.7 seconds remaining. Arizona State had three players foul out and the Utes shot 13 more free throws.

""While my emotions were high and I thought our meeting was private, there is no excuse for the inappropriate language I used,"" Hill said in a statement Thursday. ""I have apologized to the person involved, who is someone I have known for years and greatly respect. I also regret any discomfort to others as a result of my cursing. As the leader of this department, I expect more of myself and I am sincerely sorry.""