Big 12 fines Texas Tech coach Leach $10,000

Nov 13, 2007 - 8:41 PM DALLAS (Ticker) -- The Big 12 Conference has come done hard on Texas Tech coach Mike Leach, fining him $10,000 on Tuesday for his comments criticizing the officials following Saturday's 59-43 loss to Texas.

The Big 12 indicated that it was the largest fine the conference has levied against a coach.

"Coach Leach's public statements called into question the integrity and competence of game officials and the conference's officiating program," commissioner Dan Beebe said. "Accordingly, the seriousness of the violation warrants a public reprimand and the largest fine issued to date by the conference."

According to the Lubbock Journal, Leach said the officiating "was a complete travesty" and suggested that officials should not call games involving their hometown teams or alma maters.

The referee in Saturday's game was Randy Christal, an Austin resident.

The Big 12 said any future such behavior will result in a more serious penalty, including a possible suspension.

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