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Frank Martin fined by SEC office for comments toward officials

Frank Martin will be paying out some money to the conference.

The league fined him $25,000 for his comments made toward the officiating crew in Saturday's loss to Florida.

He made comments after the game that one officials shouldn't have been on the crew in Columbia that day.

Martin was issued a technical foul, his first of the season, in a 65-41 loss to Florida.

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From SEC Media Relations

Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey has publicly reprimanded and levied a fine of $25,000 to South Carolina head men’s basketball coach Frank Martin for his comments directed at an individual official and comments critical of officiating management, which serve to undermine the effectiveness and continuing enhancement of the SEC men’s basketball officiating program. These comments were made during a press conference following the University of South Carolina's men's basketball contest with the University of Florida on February 10.

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Martin’s comments were made in violation of SEC Bylaw 10.5.4, which prohibits coaches, players and support personnel from all public criticism of officials and from making public any specific communications with the Conference office related to officiating.

“The Southeastern Conference membership has unanimously approved a bylaw prohibiting public criticism of officials,” said Sankey. “Frank Martin’s public comments violated the SEC Bylaw 10.5.4, which results in this reprimand and fine. The SEC staff and the SEC’s Coordinator of Men’s Basketball Officiating have worked diligently over the past two seasons to improve the overall quality of the Conference’s officiating program. Our coaches and administrators have been fully informed of our strategies for improvement, which include building relationships with other conferences to coordinate the assignment of officials outside of their primary assigning conference. We appreciate this collaboration among conferences and will continue to seek and support these officiating assignments and basketball officials.”

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Future violations of the Conference’s Code of Ethics may result in additional penalties including a game suspension.

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Fines levied against schools and individuals in the Conference are directed in to a fund supporting the SEC’s post-graduate scholarship program.