Pelini fined $10,000 by Big Ten

2013-12-02T17:49:00Z 2013-12-03T20:05:08Z Pelini fined $10,000 by Big TenBy BRIAN CHRISTOPHERSON / Lincoln Journal Star

Bo Pelini was publicly reprimanded and fined $10,000 by the Big Ten Conference on Monday for his postgame comments after the Iowa game.

Big Ten officials determined that Pelini's remarks violated a league agreement that "expects all contests involving a member institution to be conducted without compromise to any fundamental element of sportsmanship.

"Such fundamental elements include integrity of competition, civility toward all, and respect, particularly toward opponents and officials."

After the 38-17 loss to Iowa on Friday, Pelini called a third-quarter pass-interference call against linebacker Zaire Anderson "a chickensh-t call."

Pelini received an unsportsmanlike-conduct penalty when he swiped his hat near an official after the pass-interference call. The Big Ten statement on the incident specified that the fine was given for the postgame comments, however.

"The bottom line is they knew they blew the call. They blew it. … Everybody in the stadium knew it. They just didn't man up enough to pick that flag up," Pelini said during his postgame news conference.

Pelini on Saturday issued an apology for his behavior with officials and media.

"I apologize for reacting emotionally yesterday and for showing frustration both with the game officials and the media," he said.

"I fully understand and respect their difficult jobs, and I regret any and all actions or words which may have shed a negative light on our program and university. Accountability is a core belief throughout our program, and as the head coach, I must set and maintain a high standard."

Nebraska athletic director Shawn Eichorst issued a statement Monday saying Nebraska embraces and supports the Big Ten's sportsmanship policy.

“In that regard, we were disappointed with Coach Pelini’s actions this past Friday regarding game officials," Eichorst said. "We immediately recognized and addressed the situation with Coach Pelini and the Big Ten Conference. In addition, Coach Pelini acknowledged and accepted responsibility for the inappropriateness of his actions and issued a public apology in advance of this reprimand.”

Nebraska associate athletic director for community relations Chris Anderson said, "Coach Pelini will be responsible to pay the fine."

The Big Ten said it considers the matter concluded and will have no further comment.

The league also weighed in on a fight during the Michigan-Ohio State game after which players from both teams were ejected.

The Big Ten issued a public reprimand of Ohio State lineman Marcus Hall, who flipped off fans while leaving the field after being ejected for his actions.

The conference also issued a public reprimand of the Ohio State coaching staff for failing in its duty to effectively manage the process of escorting a player off the field.

No suspensions were handed down.

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