Big 12 fines Iowa State AD Jamie Pollard for criticizing officials
The Big 12 has sanctioned Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard for comments Pollard made criticizing officials for controversial calls that have gone against the Cyclones.
The conference announced Monday that it is publicly reprimanding Pollard for his comments, as well as fining him $25,000 and putting him on notice "that any similar behavior will result in a more serious penalty."
Following Iowa State's 37-20 loss at Oklahoma State on Saturday, Pollard said he is frustrated his team has been on the "short end of the stick" and felt "there needs to be more accountability on what happens in certain situations."
"That ends careers for football coaches, AD’s and presidents. And so something's got to be done," he said. He also called it "unfair" that Iowa State is continually put in the position of losing out on calls and are not allowed to comment on it.
From a statement by Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby:
"Mr. Pollard’s public statements called into question the integrity and competence of game officials and the conference’s officiating program. To insinuate that games are called unfairly to negatively impact a program is irresponsible and completely baseless. Accordingly, the seriousness of this violation warrants a public reprimand and a financial penalty. We take pride in our officiating programs and will continue to strive for the highest possible standards and the fairest competition."
In September, the Big 12 suspended a replay official and replay communicator one game following a controversial play in Kansas State's four-point win at Iowa State on Sept. 6.
- Molly Geary