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Oliver Luck Statement

By Michael Fragale for
November 21, 2013 12:00 PM
Statement from WVU Director of Athletics Oliver Luck on the Big 12’s public reprimand of a WVU assistant women’s basketball coach:
Oliver Luck:
“The West Virginia University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics adheres to the policies and procedures of the Big 12 Conference.  I respect Commissioner Bowlsby’s decision to issue a reprimand of our assistant women’s basketball coach, and any disciplinary measures will be handled internally. It was an unfortunate situation that occurred on Sunday prior to the trophy ceremony at the conclusion of the tournament at the University of Hawaii.  The incident has been reviewed by the appropriate individuals and I consider the matter closed.”
From the Big 12 Conference:
The Big 12 Conference announced a public reprimand of West Virginia University assistant women's basketball coach Lester Rowe for his post-game conduct during Sunday's contest at the University of Hawai`i-Manoa.  His actions were in violation of the Big 12 Conference's Sportsmanship and Ethical Conduct rules.

"Coach Rowe violated Conference rules that prohibit coaches, student-athletes, athletic department staff and university personnel from committing abusive acts toward an opponent's fans," said Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby.  "Coaches have the responsibility to refrain from behavior that incites negative fan conduct.  Coach Rowe is also put on notice that future incidents may result in a more serious penalty."

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