Baylor coach Mulkey given one-game postseason suspension, reprimand

Oklahoma City, OK (March 31, 2013) - Baylor coach Kim Mulkey. Fifth-seeded Louisville defeated No. 1 Baylor in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament, 82-81.
Oklahoma City, OK (March 31, 2013) – Baylor coach Kim Mulkey. Fifth-seeded Louisville defeated No. 1 Baylor in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament, 82-81. Photo © Robert Franklin, all rights reserved.

From the NCAA:

A public reprimand and penalties, including a one-game tournament suspension, have been issued for Baylor University women’s basketball head coach Kim Mulkey for a violation of tournament policy during the 2013 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship.

Specifically, Mulkey made disparaging comments about the officials during the postgame press conference following Baylor’s regional semifinal loss to Louisville on March 31 at the Oklahoma City Regional. The NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Committee noted this is the second misconduct act by Mulkey during the past three championships and believes a more stringent penalty is appropriate to prevent these actions from continuing. She also received a public reprimand for comments to the media following the 2011 championship.

Mulkey’s misconduct led the committee to issue her a one-game NCAA postseason championship suspension as well as the withholding of Baylor’s team championship per diem during the regional round of play. The suspension shall apply to the next NCAA postseason opportunity that Mulkey will have as a coach, regardless of what institution she represents.

“The committee unanimously felt that the behavior of Coach Mulkey was unacceptable and has no place in the women’s basketball championship,” said Carolayne Henry, chair of the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Committee and senior associate commissioner and senior woman administrator at the Mountain West Conference.

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  • This is a good start! The things she does is awful and an embarrassment to the women’s game. It’s about time she suffers some consequences for her actions.

  • Oh wow. This is too much. What are they trying to do? Make and example out of her? I mean…. Come on. If you go back and see the tape of the game or watch a replay of the game, you will clearly see that there were several instances, where officials should have stepped in. How do you let a player get swung on twice and then let the players run up into her face and also, try to claw her eyes out? The NCAA should be ashamed and I respect Kim for saying how she felt. That game was painful to watch. I don't care if its the postseason. Griner was left without any help or protection and Kim protected her, unlike the refs, whose jobs ARE to keep order AND protect the players.

  • Oh good grief. Get over it. We dealt with all of Coach Bobby Knights rants all those years and no one said a thing. Look at how the mens coaches act. The refs did suck!

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