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Report: Baylor AD Fined $25,000 for Ridicule of Big 12 Officiating

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According to CBS Sports’ Matt Norlander, the Big 12 has fined Baylor Athletic Director Mack Rhoades $25,000 following his comments Saturday about the officiating during the Bears’ 70-68 win over Iowa State.

It’s not often that we see an athletic director step outside of the lines in opposition to league officiating but after Baylor head coach Scott Drew was controversially ejected on Saturday — his first ejection in 22 years of coaching — Rhoades took action.

“Just a couple comments on the officiating. I don’t normally do this. For those of you that don’t know, I’m not somebody who calls the officials or calls the league after every game. In fact, I never call when it comes to officiating. It’s always about hey, we need to play better, we need to execute better, we need to play tougher, all those things,” Rhoades said. “But tonight was an embarrassment for this league


“We have the best basketball league in the country. And the officiating tonight did not match that, period, end of story. This league needs to get better when we think about our officiating. And we have some great, great officials. But this particular crew tonight did not match the level of this game, and that shouldn’t happen in this league.”

Rhoades went on to say that he would fight for the program, school, coaches, and student-athletes when it came to this particular incident and added that he would, “be on the phone [Sunday].”

The details of that phone call haven’t been made public, but after Norlander’s report, it’s safe to say that the Big 12 got Rhoades’ message loud and clear.

Now, after the public ridicule of league officials, Rhoades will be $25,000 shorter, but hopefully, it will create some awareness and perhaps some accountability on the officials’ behalf.

No. 13 Baylor (16-5, 5-3) will be back in action on Tuesday against No. 23 Texas Tech (16-5, 5-3) before hitting the road to take on No. 4 Kansas (16-5, 6-4) in Lawrence.

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