Oregon defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti was reprimanded and fined $5,000 Monday after his negative comments regarding Pac-12 officials and Washington State head coach Mike Leach, Ryan Thorburn of the Register-Guard reports.
Following the Ducks’ 62-38 victory over Washington State, Aliotti voiced displeasure with how Leach executed the final minutes of the game, calling it “low-class” for Leach to advise his team to repeatedly heave the ball down the field against a group of reserves.
Aliotti later apologized for those comments Sunday, admitting that his adrenaline was still pumping during the post-game press conference. However, those public comments in addition to derogatory statements about the conference’s officiating before and after the game were enough for Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott to reprimand and fine Aliotti.
“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,” Scott said. “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.”
Aliotti’s defense currently ranks 12th nationally in points allowed (17.3) and his secondary will be up for another challenge this week against UCLA’s quarterback Brett Hundley, after Washington State’s Connor Halliday attempted 89 passes last Saturday.