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Big 12 Accepts Baylor's Actions Concerning Griner and Issues Public Reprimand to Both Programs
March 04, 2010
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During last night's Big 12 women's basketball game between Baylor University and Texas Tech University, Baylor's Brittney Griner was ejected for a fighting act.  By NCAA rule (Rule 10.7), Griner is automatically suspended for the next contest (the March 7 game versus the University of Texas).  In addition, Big 12 Conference Commissioner Dan Beebe has accepted Baylor's action of suspending Griner for the opening game of the Big 12 Championship.  

"Due to the severity of the act, it is appropriate that Ms. Griner is suspended for an additional game," said Commissioner Beebe.  "Therefore, I have accepted Baylor's action and commend athletics director Ian McCaw and head coach Kim Mulkey for taking a strong stance to support good sportsmanship." 

Along with the fighting act, players and/or personnel from both institutions violated NCAA rules by leaving the bench area when an altercation occurred.  The head coach is the only individual who may leave the bench area to prevent a situation from escalating and others who enter the court are to be ejected for the remainder of the game by the officials.  Unfortunately, the officials were not able to determine those individuals who left the bench area.   The Big 12 also is issuing a public reprimand to both basketball programs for failure of their teams to comply with this rule. 

 "We are proud of the athletic success the Big 12 Conference has enjoyed in women's basketball, and we expect proportionate excellence in sportsmanship from our student-athletes and coaches," said Beebe. "I have advised both institutions that future violations of the sportsmanship code will result in more severe penalties."

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