Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
FILE: Dr. Chris Hill, University of Utah Athletic Director.
LOS ANGELES — Utah athletics director Dr. Chris Hill has been reprimanded by the Pac-12 and fined $10,000 for a profane tirade he directed at Bobby Dibler, the conference’s coordinator of men’s basketball officials, following the Utes’ 80-77 loss to Arizona State in the Huntsman Center.
Hill’s comments were overheard during Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak’s postgame press conference, coming from a room adjacent to where the media was gathered.
On Thursday, Hill issued an apology.
“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. “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.”
On Friday, Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott announced the sanctions against Hill, citing “inappropriate language and public comments regarding men’s basketball officiating.”
Scott’s announcement also noted Hill’s subsequent acknowledgement of wrongful conduct and the public apology that was made.
“The Pac-12 membership has established conduct rules that prohibit our administrators from derogatory language, as well as publicly commenting about officiating,” Scott said. “We have an obligation to our members to enforce approved conference…