Arizona State assistant fined for criticizing officiating

Arizona State lost to Stanford last ThursdayPhoto Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

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Arizona State defensive coordinator Danny Gonzales was reprimanded and fined $5,000 for comments he made about the officiating following last Thursday night’s 20-13 loss to Stanford.

“I’m probably going to get in trouble or reprimanded or whatever they want to do but that’s what it is, that’s as unfair a football game as I’ve ever been a part of,” Gonzalez said in his postgame media conference, according to 247Sports. “A couple of those penalties, if they call it both ways, it’s fine, they weren’t. I don’t agree with them.”

Wednesday night the Pac-12 made its announcement of a fine and reprimand for Gonzales.

“The Pac-12 has specific rules that prohibit our coaches from making public comments about officiating, and this prohibition includes comments that create doubts about the credibility of the Conference’s officiating program,” Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott said in a statement. “We have an obligation to our membership to enforce the conference rules which they have approved.”

Earlier this month, it was reported that a replay official’s targeting call was overturned by a third party, which later was revealed to be Pac-12 general counsel and senior vice president of business affairs Woodie Dixon.

This week the Pac-12 announced that conference athletic directors have endorsed changes to the conference’s instant replay procedures.

The conference also said it will discipline Pac-12 personnel who interfered in the replay review process.