Pac-12 fines Oregon’s Nick Aliotti for his comments about Washington State

Graham Watson
October 22, 2013

The Pac-12 has officially reprimanded and fined Oregon defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti for comments he made about Washington State following the Ducks’ 62-38 win last week.

Aliotti will have to pay the conference $5,000.

“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,” Pac-12 commissioner Larry 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.”

Following the game, Aliotti called Washington State “low class” for continuing to throw for the entirety of the game. Cougars’ quarterback Connor Halliday set an NCAA record with 89 pass attempts and set an Autzen Stadium record with 557 passing yards. He threw his final touchdown pass with 11 seconds remaining when the game was well out of reach.

“That’s total (B.S.) that he threw the ball at the end of the game like he did,’’ Aliotti said. “And you can print that and you can send it to him, and he can comment, too. I think it’s low class and it’s (B.S.) to throw the ball when the game is completely over against our kids that are basically our scout team.

“Make sure he knows that. Because I don’t really care.”

Aliotti did apologize Sunday evening for his comments, but it was too little, too late for the Pac-12’s liking.

Aliotti also criticized Pac-12 officials leading up to the game and following the game.

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