Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher, Pitt’s Pat Narduzzi reprimanded and fined by ACC for comments about officials

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To nobody’s surprise, the ACC came down hard Sunday on Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher and Pitt’s Pat Narduzzi after the two head coaches criticized the officiating in both of their losses this week.

Each coach was publicly reprimanded by the conference and the league also announced that institutional fines were issued to the Seminoles ($20,000) and the Panthers ($5,000) as a result of the violations.

From the ACC’s statement on the matter:

Fisher and Narduzzi’s postgame comments regarding officials were in direct violation of the ACC Sportsmanship Policy that states: ‘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.’

Narduzzi lost to Virginia Tech at home, 39-36, on Thursday and was not happy on the sidelines nor in his post-game press conference at the performance by the officials. What he said and did wasn’t quite as bad as Fisher though, who went off on the crew who were in charge of Florida State’s loss to Clemson on Saturday.

“I’m going to tell you what, you hold coaches accountable, players accountable, hold the damn officials accountable. It’s garbage. And then to call another penalty on the sideline is even more garbage. It’s cowardly, it’s gutless and wrong,” Fisher told reporters after the game. “Now they can take it, fine it, do whatever they want to do with it, that’s a fact. Look at the film. It’s ridiculous that they do it.”

The ACC considers the matter closed but you can bet it’s probably not the last time either head coach is publicly upset with the conference’s officials going forward.