The Atlantic Coast Conference on Sunday issued a public reprimand of Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher for his vocal criticism of officiating in Saturday night's game against Clemson.
“Public criticism of officials or public comments evaluating the officiating of particular contests is not in the best interest of intercollegiate athletics," the ACC statement said. "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 play that made Fisher — who argued vociferously at the time and again after the game — came at crucial time.
Florida State led 28-26 with under 12 minutes left when running back Dalvin Cook broke a big run to carry the ball deep into Tigers territory.
But officials threw a flag on fullback Freddie Stevenson, saying he had made an illegal block. Then, they penalized Fisher 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct.
“It was ridiculous,” FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher said of the call. “It was not a chop. It was not a chop. I will tell you what, you hold coaches accountable, you hold players accountable, hold the damn officials accountable. It is garbage.
“And then to call another penalty on the sideline is even more garbage. It’s cowardly, gutless and wrong. They can fine me or do whatever they want to do with it.”
The call was questionable, to be sure, but the there is no question, according to the ACC, about Fisher's behavior. The league also fined Florida State $20,000.
The ACC also reprimanded Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi under the ACC Sportsmanship Policy, and fined Pittsburgh $5,000.