Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott has reprimanded Washington men’s basketball coach Lorenzo Romar for comments he made about the officiating in the final seconds of his team’s loss Wednesday at Oregon State and the league’s subsequent review of a game-winning shot.
“The Pac-12 has specific rules that prohibit our coaches from making public comments about officiating,” Scott said in a statement. “We have an obligation to our membership to enforce the Conference rules which they have approved. As a part of our officiating program, there is a protocol in place for our coaches to provide feedback directly to the coordinator of officials.”
Romar said he felt the need to stand up for his players after a difficult loss.
“I said what I had to say, and the league gave its response,” he said. “I respect their response, and we’re moving on now. That was done.”
Romar added: “I want to fight for our guys, and I said what I had to say. No looking back now.”
Romar contacted the league to protest Stephen Thompson Jr.‘s game winner after replays seemed to show the game clock started after the freshman dribbled toward midcourt. Romar also pointed toward a traveling violation that he felt officials missed before Thompson made the shot.
The league released a statement on Thursday that said game officials and clock operators properly managed the game and final sequence. The Pac-12 also said the travel call was a nonreviewable play.
Romar said he was left “somewhat speechless” by the Pac-12’s ruling.
“It’s a shame that we have this much technology and spend so much time during the game reviewing everything but yet still walk away sometimes without being totally sure about certain calls with so much on the line,” he told ESPN.com after the ruling was made Thursday.
The loss damaged Washington’s dwindling chances of reaching the NCAA tournament. The Huskies are listed among Joe Lunardi’s “next four out” in his latest Bracketology installment.
“There is still a small hope,” Romar said Friday. “We have to go and play well against Oregon and see where that takes us.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.