Pitt has issued a public reprimand of coach Jeff Capel for his public comments regarding the way his basketball team has been officiated this season after Saturday’s loss at Clemson, the university announced in an unattributed press release on Sunday evening.
According to the school, Capel was in violation of the ACC Sportsmanship Principle when he said that he feels that his team has dealt with a “double standard” when it comes to officiating in this and previous seasons.
Pitt’s press release cited an excerpt from that league sportsmanship pledge:
“Public criticism of officials or public comments evaluating the officiating of particular contests is not in the best interest of intercollegiate athletics. Individuals associated with the athletics program are prohibited, therefore, from commenting while acting in an official capacity on officiating other than directly to the conference office.”
Capel said on Saturday that he has contacted the league office, but that “it doesn’t matter.” He also acknowledged that he could face discipline for speaking on the matter publicly.
“I’ll get whatever will happen,” he said. “I know I’m wrong for what I’m saying. Because you can’t say anything. Can’t say anything.”
Pitt’s press release did not specify punishment, but said that Capel has acknowledged his wrongdoing.
“Coach Capel accepts full accountability for his actions, understands the consequences of the comments and has spoken privately to the appropriate parties involved,” the statement read. “The University of Pittsburgh, the ACC and Coach Capel consider this matter resolved and will have no further comment.”