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Big 12 issues reprimand, fines Iowa State A.D. Pollard

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 The Big 12 hit Jamie Pollard with a fine and reprimand on Saturday. The Iowa State athletic director has been fined $25,000 in a response to his comments about officiating following Saturday's loss at Oklahoma State.

The league also informed Pollard that any similar behavior in the future will be met with even more severe penalties.

“Mr. Pollard's public statements called into question the integrity and competence of game officials and the Conference's officiating program,” stated Commissioner Bob Bowlsby. “To imply that games are called unfairly to negatively impact a program is irresponsible and completely baseless. Accordingly, the seriousness of this violation warrants a public reprimand and a financial penalty. We take pride in our officiating programs and will continue to strive for the highest possible standards and the fairest competition.”

Pollard also issued a statement in response to the league's decision:

“Although on Saturday I felt the need to defend our players and our institution, Dr. Leath and I recognize that our decision to have me do so publicly was in violation of the conference's sportsmanship guidelines and we accept the Commissioner's punishment. Furthermore, I apologize for implying that Iowa State University's vote against the addition of an eighth official at a conference meeting in 2013 impacted game officiating. It was inappropriate for me to do so. We are committed to working with the Big 12 Conference in the appropriate manner moving forward.”

The Cyclone athletic director had challenged officials after the Cyclones appeared to make a defensive goal line stand at the end of the first half in Saturday's loss. Although replays appeared inconclusive, Oklahoma State was awarded the game's go-ahead touchdown and went on to defeat the Cyclones 37-20.

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