ACC fines Notre Dame for violating sportsmanship policy

NOW: ACC fines Notre Dame for violating sportsmanship policy

ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind.-- The Atlantic Coast Conference issued a $20,000 fine to the University of Notre Dame Monday.

The fine comes after men's basketball coach Mike Brey spoke publicly about the officiating at the end of the Notre Dame vs. Florida State basketball game this weekend.

The league says Brey violated the sportsmanship policy in his post-game comments.

"I'm proud of our group. We gave ourselves a chance. Disappointed though. We had chances there at the end. Durham get fouled on that last one? On that steal? He get fouled on that? How about the walk on Pflueger at half court? Sometimes, we're treated by the officials like we haven't brought football as a full member, but yet we get a full share of the ACC Network TV. Are you kidding me? He 'T's up our bench from across the court because he's pissed off at us? I'm frustrated, man. And I tip of the cap to Florida State, they made great plays. I love Leonard, he's a good friend and they're a great team."

The policy 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.”

Brey offered a response to the fine issued by the ACC, saying:

"I certainly accept the reprimand for my comments and I will take my medicine like a man and accept my responsibility on that. I am going to try to be a good guy the rest of the season, but I can't guarantee anything."

The Irish are back in action this Wednesday at Purcell when they take on Wake Forest.

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