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ACC fines Mike Brey $20,000 for complaining about officials

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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.

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10 Comments for ACC fines Mike Brey $20,000 for complaining about officials



  1. spincr4hire
    10:20 am January 27, 2020 Permalink

    Good for him. Bravo



  2. Bluebloodtoo
    10:21 am January 27, 2020 Permalink

    Commenting on ….. is not in the best interests of [organization]. I thought that was illegal based on the bill of inalienable rights.



  3. lexattorney
    10:41 am January 27, 2020 Permalink

    Every coach should start doing this. The officiating has reached an all-time low this season, which is saying A LOT. If more coaches start to call out the officials and present a unified front the leagues will have to do something.



  4. BobbyBlue
    11:03 am January 27, 2020 Permalink

    Noyhing will ever be done until coaches bite the bullet and stand up — now Ky goes back to the inept, or is it just crooked SEC officiating ?From now on out,Hagans or Richards will get their first foul during warmups, and get assigned a Doug Shows or a John Higgins in the Dance.



  5. CatsfaninFL
    11:46 am January 27, 2020 Permalink

    I think Drew pegged it perfectly in postgame show… the officials aren’t bad because they’re inept. They’re bad because the NCAA keeps adding rules and it makes it impossible to ref. Let. Them. Play.



  6. BCO
    11:49 am January 27, 2020 Permalink

    Good for him. College basketball is almost unwatchable nowadays. Officials have zero accountability and make it the “look at me” show, especially big time games. It kills me to hear anyone say theyd rather watch college basketball than the NBA. The ONLY reason that could be is they have a vested interested in a college team, because the NBA is a million times better product.



  7. RackEmWillie
    11:51 am January 27, 2020 Permalink

    Officiating is bad on all levels, high school up to professionals. They have no accountability if they’re bad, unless they are historically bad. The various organizations will defend the officials, because they’ll be accused of playing favorites if they don’t. So it’s going to take something else for the situation to improve.



  8. dhard
    11:52 am January 27, 2020 Permalink

    Didn’t see the game, but I am sure that like all officials, they stink and have zero accountability for their terrible performance.



  9. Cousins Fake Tooth
    3:55 pm January 27, 2020 Permalink

    Yeah, how dare you say a bad thing against the refs. They are just so perfect. Stop fining ppl for complaining about reffing. Maybe the refs should just do their damn job and if they can’t, quit, or go get some more training until you can. I wish Cal would explode on them one of these days.



  10. CrystalBall
    4:36 pm January 27, 2020 Permalink

    Have been a CBB for many years and have watched darn near every game TV’d. Brey might be right. But over the years the only
    team to get more friendly calls/no calls than Notre Dame is Duke.