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November 21, 2013 at 1:45 PM

Pac-12 reprimands UW’s Sarkisian for disclosing ‘private’ apology about officiating

UW coach Steve Sarkisian. (AP photo)

UW coach Steve Sarkisian. (AP photo)

Pac-12 Conference commissioner Larry Scott reprimanded Washington coach Steve Sarkisian on Thursday for “disclosing private communications” Sarkisian had with the conference office about game officiating.

“The Pac-12 has specific rules that prohibit our coaches from making public comments about officiating and from discussing private communications with the Conference office,” Scott said in a statement. “We have an obligation to our membership to enforce the Conference rules which they have approved.”

At his press conference Monday, Sarkisian said that he had received an apology from the Pac-12 for a phantom penalty that negated at UW touchdown in the Huskies’ 41-31 loss at No. 13 UCLA last Friday.

“What good is an apology? It’s not going to get me seven points back,” Sarkisian told The Seattle Times on Monday.

On the play in question, UW left guard Dexter Charles was flagged for a hands-to-the-face penalty. Replays show that Charles blocked the UCLA defensive lineman’s right shoulder pad. UW quarterback Keith Price had thrown a 38-yard touchdown pass to Damore’ea Stringfellow on the play. The touchdown was called back and UW ended up punting on the drive.

UPDATE: Sarkisian was not fined as part of the reprimand, according to a Pac-12 spokesman.

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