Utah gymnastics coach Greg Marsden received a reprimand from the Pac-12 office for "inappropriate comments" he made following Friday's win over Stanford. Marsden received a yellow card during the floor rotation after making comments to one of the judges.
Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott announced the reprimand Wednesday.
"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 in a statement. "The conference expects each Pac-12 coach to adhere to our standards of conduct and to conduct himself or her in a manner which will reflect credit on the institution and the conference."
What is odd about the league's decision to give Marsden a slap on the wrist and Scott's explanation of it is that Marsden's biggest complaint is that he has no where to go to complain about judges since the judges govern themselves, not the Pac-12 office.
Marsden has admitted he was wrong in how he handled Friday's controversy, but hasn't backed down from his belief judges need to be more consistent in their ratings of routines in nationwide comparisons.
- Lya Wodraska
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