Polian garnered two 15-yard penalties in last Saturday's 44–20 loss to the No. 20 Wildcats.
The 40-year-old has a history of unsportsmanlike penalties causing rifts with his university and others. He was reprimanded by school officials in 2013 for using inappropriate language toward officials against San Diego State, as well as in 2014 against Colorado State. In 2014 against UNLV, Mountain West officials stepped in to rebuke Polian's sideline behavior.
Nevada athletic director Doug Knuth offered a statement following his decision to fine Polian.
“I believe Coach Polian is moving the football program in the right direction, academically, athletically and socially,” Knuth said in a release. “Unfortunately, his sideline behavior and interaction with officials – regardless of being right or wrong about officiating decisions – is not aligned with the values of Wolf Pack athletics or the university.”
At a weekly booster luncheon Monday, Polian vowed to control his temper going forward.
“I will do better,” said Polian, Nevada's head coach since 2013. “I have to do better. For myself, for my family, for my team and for you.”
Nevada (1–1) will face Texas A&M in College Station on Saturday.
- Kayla Lombardo