SEC commissioner Greg Sankey has publicly reprimanded and levied a fine of $25,000 to South Carolina basketball coach Frank Martin.
After the loss to Florida on Saturday, Martin’s directed comments at an individual official and was critical of officiating management.
According to a release from the league, those comments “serve to undermine the effectiveness and continuing enhancement of the SEC men’s basketball officiating program.”
The SEC’s release on Monday also said:
Martin’s comments were made in violation of SEC Bylaw 10.5.4, which prohibits coaches, players and support personnel from all public criticism of officials and from making public any specific communications with the Conference office related to officiating.
“The Southeastern Conference membership has unanimously approved a bylaw prohibiting public criticism of officials,” said Sankey. “Frank Martin’s public comments violated the SEC Bylaw 10.5.4, which results in this reprimand and fine. The SEC staff and the SEC’s Coordinator of Men’s Basketball Officiating have worked diligently over the past two seasons to improve the overall quality of the Conference’s officiating program. Our coaches and administrators have been fully informed of our strategies for improvement, which include building relationships with other conferences to coordinate the assignment of officials outside of their primary assigning conference. We appreciate this collaboration among conferences and will continue to seek and support these officiating assignments and basketball officials.”
Future violations of the Conference’s Code of Ethics may result in additional penalties including a game suspension.
Fines levied against schools and individuals in the Conference are directed in to a fund supporting the SEC’s post-graduate scholarship program.
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