ACC Reprimands Pitt Football Coach Pat Narduzzi, Fines Pitt $5,000 for Comments About Officiating

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The ACC Sunday reprimanded Pitt head football coach Patt Narduzzi and imposed a $5,000 institutional fine on Pitt for violating the ACC Sportsmanship Policy following the Panthers 39-36 loss to Virginia Tech Thursday.

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Following the game during his postgame media conference, Narduzzi said, “I thought there were some things that were one-sided tonight that really irked me. They did a great job pushing off all night. Give them credit for that.”

He also was “puzzled” after an interception in the first quarter was erased by a “supposed offsides” call.

In addition to reprimanding Narduzzi and fining Pitt, the ACC also reprimanded Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher and fined Florida State $20,000 for comments made by Fisher following the Seminoles loss to Clemson Saturday.

According to the ACC, 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.”

The funds received from the two imposed institutional fines will be placed into the Weaver-James-Corrigan Postgraduate Scholarship account.

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