Utah athletic director Chris Hill lost his cool on Sunday after the Utes’ 80-77 loss to Arizona State.
He apologized for his conduct on Thursday. He was fined for it one day later.
The Pac-12 Conference reprimanded and fined Hill $10,000 for his profanity-laced tirade, commissioner Larry Scott announced on Friday. Hill directed his rant at Pac-12 coordinator of men’s basketball officiating Bobby Dibler, unloading on him in a room adjacent to the one hosting Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak’s postgame news conference. The tirade became so loud, it caused Krystkowiak to stop in the middle of a response, according to The Associated Press.
Hill apologized for his remarks on Thursday.
“I have had a few days to reflect on a heated conversation I had with an individual following our men’s basketball game against Arizona State on Sunday,” Hill said in a statement released by the Utah athletic department. “While my emotions were high and I thought our meeting was private, there is no excuse for the inappropriate language I used. I have apologized to the person involved, who is someone I have known for years and greatly respect. I also regret any discomfort to others as a result of my cursing. As the leader of this department, I expect more of myself and I am sincerely sorry.”
Scott explained the reprimand and fine in a statement Friday.
“The Pac-12 membership has established conduct rules that prohibit our administrators from derogatory language, as well as publicly commenting about officiating,” Scott said in the release. “We have an obligation to our members to enforce approved Conference rules. While we appreciate Dr. Hill’s public apology, as a part of our officiating program, there is a protocol in place for our administrators to provide feedback directly to the coordinator of officials in a private and appropriate manner.”
Hill is in his 30th year as Utah’s athletic director, the longest tenure of an athletic director at a Power 5 school.