The NCAA reprimands coaches for comments and actions during NCAA tournament: Baylor’s Mulkey, Louisville’s Walz
Baylor coach Kim Mulkey during the Dallas Regional talking about bracketing on March 27.
The NCAA Division I Womenâ€™s Basketball Committee publicly reprimanded two I Division head coaches for violating tournament policy during the 2011 tournament.
According to the NCAA, Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey â€œmade disparaging comments on the integrity of the championship bracketing process to the media during the 2011 championship.â€
Mulkey criticized the bracketing on March 27 because her team had to face Big 12 foe Texas A&M four times during the year with the last matchup during the NCAA tournament regionals. Baylor beat A&M during the Big 12 Conference title game but fell to the Aggies in the NCAA tournament Dallas Regional final. The Aggies went on the win the national championship.
â€œI don’t like playing them again,â€ said Mulkey, â€œbecause I think it takes away the opportunity for two Big 12 teams to have made it to the Final Four.â€
She talked at length about her thoughts on how the NCAA makes choices, TV coverage and why teams who are from the same conference and No. 1 and No. 2 seeds (Baylor and A&M respectively) should not be playing in the same region of the tournament bracket.
The organization chastised Louisville coach Jeff Walz for using â€œprofane and abusive language towards the game officials, individuals seated at the scorerâ€™s table and on the team bench, as well as kicking the scorerâ€™s table during Louisvilleâ€™s game against Gonzaga at the Spokane Regional.â€
In addition to the reprimands, the NCAA withheld the championship per diem allowance for both coaches.
â€œThe committee was very disappointed in the behavior of both coaches and strongly believes their actions discredited them and tarnished the championship,â€ said Marilyn McNeil, chair of the Division I Womenâ€™s Basketball Committee and vice president and director of athletics at Monmouth University.