By MSU Media Relations
STARKVILLE – Mississippi State coach Rick Stansbury was fined $30,000 on Thursday by the Southeastern Conference for public comments regarding officiating following the Bulldogs’ loss to Kentucky in the finals of the SEC Tournament back in March.
The penalty, the largest fine ever levied against an SEC basketball coach, is a result of the violations of SEC Bylaw 10.5.4, which states coaches, assistant coaches, players, support personnel and others associated with the institution’s athletics program refrain from public criticism of officials.
“Coach Stansbury has violated the Southeastern Conference Code of Ethics,” league commissioner Mike Slive said. “SEC Bylaw 10.5.4 clearly states that the coaches, players and support personnel shall refrain from public criticism of officials. The league’s Athletics Directors and Presidents and Chancellors have made it clear that negative public comments on officiating are not acceptable.”
In October of 2009, all penalties of SEC Bylaw 10.5.4 violations were strengthened with fines and suspensions in a unanimous vote of the conference’s Athletics Directors, with full support of the league’s Presidents and Chancellors.
“It’s very obvious I’ve said enough already,” said Stansbury, who guided the Bulldogs to a 24-12 ledger and the Western Division crown. “So, it is what it is.”