The Pac-12 Conference Thursday reprimanded University of Washington football coach Steve Sarkisian for public comments he made this week about the league’s officiating, and for disclosing private conversations he had with conference officials. Sarkisian criticized game officials after a penalty erased a Washington touchdown in the Huskies’ 41-31 loss to UCLA last Friday night.
“The Pac-12 has specific rules that prohibit our coaches from making public comments about officiating and from discussing private communications with the conference office,” Commissioner Larry Scott said. “We have an obligation to our membership to enforce the conference rules which they have approved.”
Sarkisian became agitated over a personal foul call on offensive lineman Dexter Charles that nullified a UW touchdown in the first half. Although the conference issued a private apology for the officiating blunder, Sarkisian disclosed the apology, saying, “What good is an apology?”
“We are the most penalized team (89 flags), but if you take our opponents’ penalties, they’re the least penalized opponents, of common opponents, in our conference,” Sarkisian said this week. “So that part’s a little discouraging to me.”
The Huskies (6-4) play at Oregon State Saturday night before concluding the regular season with the Nov. 29 Apple Cup against Washington State.