WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — University of Oregon Defensive Coordinator Nick Aliotti has been reprimanded and fined by the Pac-12 Conference for public comments he made about the Conference’s officiating program and Washington State University, Commissioner Larry Scott announced today.
In addition to the reprimand, Aliotti has been fined $5,000 by the Conference.
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.
“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,” stated Scott. “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.”