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Pac-12 reprimands and fines Utah’s Chris Hill

Jan 12, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – University of Utah athletic director Chris Hill has been reprimanded and fined $10,000 by the Pac-12 Conference for inappropriate language and public comments regarding men’s basketball officiating, Commissioner Larry Scott announced today.

Hill made inappropriate comments to the Pac-12’s basketball coordinator of officials that were audibly captured during Utah men’s head basketball coach Larry Krystkowiak’s post-game press conference on January 7, 2018. Hill subsequently acknowledged the wrongfulness of his conduct and publicly apologized in a statement issued on January 11, 2018.

“The Pac-12 membership has established conduct rules that prohibit our administrators from derogatory language, as well as publicly commenting about officiating,” stated Scott. “We have an obligation to our members to enforce approved Conference rules. While we appreciate Dr. Hill’s public apology, as a part of our officiating program, there is a protocol in place for our administrators to provide feedback directly to the coordinator of officials in a private and appropriate manner.”