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Stansbury fined $30,000 for rant after Kentucky loss


Rick Stansbury

Rick Stansbury



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Rick Stansbury''s lengthy diatribe about John Wall''s rebound in the waning seconds of Mississippi State''s loss to Kentucky in the Southeastern Conference title game will cost the Bulldogs coach $30,000.  


The SEC announced Thursday, per league bylaw SEC Bylaw 10.5.4, which prohibits coaches, players and support personal from publicly criticizing officials, that Stansbury would be hit with the league''s first fine for a hoops coach for such an offense.  


Stansbury''s critical comments came a day after falling to UK 75-74 in overtime of the SEC championship match and a day before opening the NIT against Jackson State.  


A win would have clinched an NCAA tournament berth, and Stansbury wasn''t aware of John Wall''s early entry into the lane during a free throw with under 10 seconds left. State had a two-point lead at the time, and an intentional miss, UK rebound and subsequent basket was needed to force overtime.  


It all worked out for UK, as Wall got the rebound and DeMarcus Cousins got the tying shot off.  


But with video replay clearly showing Wall several feet into the 3-point arc before the ball touches the rim, Stansbury let loose the following Monday during his usual media gathering.  


Once during the media session, Stansbury said "I''m not talking about officiating, I''m talking about the play," but comments made before and after that disclaimer were clearly aimed at a call he thought should have been made. 


"It''s a very obvious lane violation," Stansbury said. "Both guys in that lane line up outside that three point line. Well the ball''s six, eight feet from the rim and you got two guys in the top of the paint, Wall and (Darius) Miller. It''s a very obvious lane violation. Obvious. It was not called." 


Stansbury continued: "If it''s the right call, you make the call. It''s a game-changing call. It wasn''t something that''s even close." 


Though Stansbury is the first SEC basketball coach to be fined, University of Florida head football coach Urban Meyer drew a $30,000 fine for comments about officiating after the Gators played Georgia in the fall.  


Meyer was the first league coach to be fined under the revised and strengthened, which were put in effect before the start of last football season.  


What is considered odd about Stansbury''s fine is the timing, as the announcement comes exactly one month after his comments were made.  


Meyer''s fine came one week after the Florida and Georgia played and just two days after that game week''s SEC teleconference on Nov. 4, 2009. 


Stansbury''s reaction to the fine, which was released through the university''s athletic department, didn''t address the timing or amount of the fine. 


"It''s very obvious I''ve said enough already," said Stansbury. "So, it is what it is."



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Reader Comments

Article Comment strangejustice commented at 4/16/2010 10:58:00 AM:

It's very strange that a basketball coach is fined 30 grand for mearly stating the truth about something with proof on video and our two elected politicians are set free for lying about a criminal act that has been a very big shame on the entire area! Can anyone else see how backward this is? The Judge should be sent out to pasture!


Article Comment LilBoPete commented at 4/16/2010 11:32:00 AM:

As it is in football, Mike Slive rather penalize the coaches rather than correct the problem.


Article Comment LilBoPete commented at 4/16/2010 11:32:00 AM:

As it is in football, Mike Slive rather penalize the coaches rather than correct the problem.


Article Comment JS commented at 4/17/2010 2:39:00 PM:

Does the NCAA trump the first admendment? I don't think so. Fight it Rick!


Article Comment Adam commented at 4/19/2010 2:31:00 PM:

I'm a huge UK fan, traveled for the the entire SEC tourney and was at that game. I've always thought Stansbury was a classy guy, and still do. Calls get missed and a coach should have the right to call refs out. That was a missed call. Two of our losses this year (SC and UT) were a result of 10 blown calls in each game...Coaches should have a place to voice discontent.

I think refs of all sporting events should have to face the media after big games. I also think that is MSU played every team, like the played us, they would've won 28 games this year!


Article Comment Earl commented at 4/21/2010 2:05:00 PM:

this is crazy


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