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Iowa State AD Jamie Pollard fined $25,000 after comments about Big 12 officials

Iowa State AD Jamie Pollard fined $25,000 after comments about Big 12 officials

Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard was hit with a $25,000 fine and a public reprimand from the Big 12 Conference on Monday after criticizing Big 12 officials following the Cyclones loss to Oklahoma State.

The Big 12 also said that any other remarks about officiating would put Pollard in more serious trouble with the conference.

“Mr. Pollard’s public statements called into question the integrity and competence of game officials and the Conference’s officiating program,” Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said in a statement. “To insinuate that games are called unfairly to negatively impact a program is irresponsible and completely baseless. Accordingly, the seriousness of this violation warrants a public reprimand and a financial penalty. We take pride in our officiating programs and will continue to strive for the highest possible standards and the fairest competition.”

Following Iowa State’s 37-20 loss, Pollard took the postgame podium and railed against the officiating.

“We lost games as a result of calls that either we were apologized for or the media certainly felt we should have been apologized to,” Pollard said. “We can’t get that back. That ends careers for football coaches, ADs and presidents and so something’s got to be done. I don’t know what it is, but there needs to be more accountability on what happens in certain situations.”

While Pollard didn’t specifically cite the call in question, at the end of the first half against Oklahoma State Cowboys running back Desmond Roland appeared to be stopped short on fourth-and-goal as time expired. However, after a review, the score counted and Iowa State went into the half with a touchdown deficit.

It wasn’t the first time Iowa State had had an issue with officials. Following its loss to Kansas State, the Big 12 issued an apology for a mishandled replay.

Pollard said during his rant on Saturday that he fully expected to be fined by the league, but proved he didn’t care about the penalty by having Iowa State post his comments on its official YouTube page.

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