West Virginia coach Bob Huggins was issued a public reprimand from the Big 12 Conference on Thursday.
The public reprimand was issued, because Huggins criticized the officiating during West Virginia’s 77-69 loss to Kansas last Saturday. The league’s press release did not state Huggins will be fined for his comments.
“There are proper channels within the Conference structure to handle officiating concerns,” Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said in a statement. “Coach Huggins’ public comments are contrary to the Conference’s Sportsmanship standards.”
Huggins was unhappy with the disparity in foul shooting between the Mountaineers and Jayhawks. West Virginia shot only 2 free throws at Allen Fieldhouse, while Kansas shot 35.
“The sad part is they [the Jayhawks] don’t need it,” Huggins said immediately after the game on Saturday. “They are a good team and are very well coached. They don’t need that, man. They don’t need somebody to do that. And I’m going to tell you what. There’s something wrong when you do that to kids who played their hearts out [like that].”
Huggins also said, “I don’t think officials should look for things. I don’t think they should stand and stare [players and coaches] down. I think that’s wrong.”