Big 12 fines Hocutt for statement on officiating after Baylor game
Update: 9:44 a.m.
Listen to Wednesday's Kirby Hocutt Show and his discussion of the fine he received from the Big 12 Conference.
Texas Tech Chancellor Emeritus Kent Hance is coming to Athletics Director Kirby Hocutt's defense and asking for donations to pay the $25,000 fine from the Big 12.
In a series of tweets, Hance said "As a private attorney I’m raising the money to pay the fine. Support Raiders & Kirby." He provided a link and a mailing address to send donations. Any money raised over the $25,000 will go to an athletic scholarship in Hocutt's name.
The Big 12 Conference is fining Texas Tech Athletics Director Kirby Hocutt $25,000 for a statement he made about an officiating call in Tech's double overtime loss to Baylor Saturday. Hocutt said the call of an "illegal snap" instead of a fumble recovered by the Red Raiders was incorrect.
The Big 12 released a statement Wednesday morning announcing the penalty for Hocutt's remarks:
"In accordance with Big 12 Conference sportsmanship policies, the Conference has issued a public reprimand and $25,000 fine of Texas Tech University Athletics Director Kirby Hocutt for his statement in the aftermath of the Red Raider’s double overtime loss at Baylor.
"The Big 12 Conference members have developed policies governing the officiating of our contests,” said Commissioner Bob Bowlsby. “It is vital that senior administration officials, especially the Directors of Athletics, adhere explicitly to these policies. It is very difficult to balance support for an institution’s teams while fully complying with the imperative created by schools acting together to manage athletics competition. On this occasion, the required discipline was not exercised. Kirby Hocutt is one of the very best athletics administrators in the nation, and I am grateful for his assistance and support in resolving this matter.”
Here is Hocutt's original statement that was released Sunday:
"It is important to state that we have been in constant communication with the Big 12 Conference office from the immediate end of the game and throughout Sunday regarding the Illegal Snap call in the first overtime.
It has been confirmed that the ruling on the field of an Illegal Snap was incorrect. The play is not reviewable by rule because it is a dead ball judgement call by the official. I am confident that the Big 12 Conference will deal with the matter internally as they complete the review of the game in its entirety.
While this is a very unfortunate circumstance, I could not be more proud of our team and the competitive fight and effort with which they competed."