On Saturday, Notre Dame coach Mike Brey sounded off on the officiating after his team’s 85-84 loss at Florida State. This morning, the ACC fined the school $20,000 and issued a “public reprimand” of Brey for violating its sportsmanship policy.
“Public criticism of officials or public comments evaluating the officiating of particular contests is not in the best interest of intercollegiate athletics,” the ACC’s policy states. “Individuals associated with the athletics program are prohibited, therefore, from commenting while acting in an official capacity on officiating other than directly to the Conference office.”
What led to the rant? Two controversial calls that Brey argued cost the Fighting Irish the game, a bias which he says stems from Notre Dame not being a full member of the conference.
“Sometimes we’re treated — we’re treated by the officials — like we haven’t brought football as a full member but yet we get a full share of the ACC Network TV [revenue]. Are you kidding me? He Ts up our bench from across the court cause he’s pissed off at us? I’m frustrated, man.”
Brey paused to congratulate Florida State, but as he left, started ranting again, even calling out one of the officials by name.
“You gotta be kidding me man. C’mon man. We’re in the league, too. We’re in the league, too, man. Come on. Come on, John Gaffney. God.”
It feels like officiating is just as big a story as the actual basketball this season.