Almost four months after the fact, the NCAA has issued a reprimand to Jeff Walz for alleged conduct during the University of Louisville women’s team’s 76-69 loss to Gonzaga in the NCAA basketball tournament.
The NCAA claims he was using questionable language and kicked the scorer’s table at one point. They’ve decided to withhold his per diem allowance for the tournament.
Whatever he was doing must have been working. Even with leading scorer Monique Reid on the bench with a groin injury, his team came roaring back from a 20-point deficit to within three points at about the three-minute mark.
One has to appreciate the reaction of athletic director Tom Jurich who acknowledges being disappointed with the officiating in his response:
“Anything we do discipline-wise, we keep it internal,” Jurich said. “Jeff is aware of the situation. Everyone was very upset with the officiating. There were probably better ways for him to express himself, and he understands it.”
Jeff has a tough time handling mediocrity.