Mississippi State coach Rick Stansbury fined by SEC
In the aftermath of his team's 75-74 overtime loss to Kentucky in the SEC Tournament championship game, an emotional head coach Rick Stansbury had some not so kind words about the overall officiating in the tournament.
On Thursday, the SEC responded with its punishment for Stansbury's violation of league rules.
Stansbury has been fined $30,000 by the SEC for his public comments concerning officiating following the 2010 SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament.
“Coach Stansbury has violated the Southeastern Conference Code of Ethics,” SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said in a statement. “SEC Bylaw 10.5.4 clearly states that the coaches, players and support personnel shall refrain from public criticism of officials. The league’s Athletics Directors and Presidents and Chancellors have made it clear that negative public comments on officiating are not acceptable.”
Stansbury is the second coach fined by the league under stricter guidelines put in place in October 2009.
Florida coach Urban Meyer was fined $30,000 last November after he said on an SEC coaches teleconference that an official blew a call by not throwing the flag on a late hit by a Georgia player on then-quarterback Tim Tebow. Meyer was responding to a reporter's question about the play.