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Penn State Coach’s Comments Net Reprimand, Fine

Jason Scott

Interim Penn State men’s basketball coach Jim Ferry was reprimanded by the Big Ten Conference following his team’s loss to Purdue on Sunday. 

ESPN reports that the punishments were a result of Ferry earning himself a technical foul, and calling the officiating in the game “a little uneven or inconsistent.”

"I wasn't ranting or raving, I wasn't cursing,'' Ferry said after the loss. "I thought there was a little sensitivity on that.''

The conference doled out the punishment based on the postgame comments, not the technical foul. 

In a statement, the conference said it had also issued a $10,000 fine to the institution, citing a rule that states: The Big Ten Conference expects all contests involving a member institution to be conducted without compromise to any fundamental element of sportsmanship. Such fundamental elements include integrity of the competition, civility toward all, and respect, particularly toward opponents and officials. 

Ferry was named interim head coach at Penn State after former coach Patrick Chambers resigned in the fall in the wake of an internal investigation into Chambers’ conduct.

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