The Pac-12 announced on Friday that it has reprimanded Washington Huskies men’s basketball coach Lorenzo Romar for comments he made about the officiating in UW’s 82-81 loss at Oregon State on Wednesday.
OSU guard Stephen Thompson Jr. made a 3-pointer as time expired to give the Beavers a one-point victory, though the officials missed what appeared to be an obvious traveling violation just before Thompson took the shot. It also appeared the clock may have started a few tenths of a second later than it should have when the ball was inbounded.
After the game, Romar said bluntly that “he traveled, but they didn’t call it” when asked whether he thought Thompson shuffled his feet. On Thursday, Romar confirmed to the News Tribune and other outlets that he asked the Pac-12 office to review the clock management on the final play. The Pac-12 said in a statement that the clock operator and game officials handled the situation appropriately, and on Friday released a statement reprimanding Romar for saying otherwise.
The statement read, in part: “Romar made comments to the media questioning the officiating during Washington’s game with Oregon State Wednesday night, and subsequent public comments that did not support the Conference’s statement regarding its review of the end of game situation.”
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“The Pac-12 has specific rules that prohibit our coaches from making public comments about officiating,” Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott said in a statement. “We have an obligation to our membership to enforce the Conference rules which they have approved. As a part of our officiating program, there is a protocol in place for our coaches to provide feedback directly to the coordinator of officials.”